Dutch Regulator Says It Needs More Power

The Dutch Gaming Authority (KSA) is calling for extra powers to fight unlicensed online operators more effectively, a step that can only come with passage of licensing laws.

The gambling regulator was reacting to articles over the weekend in Dutch newspapers Het Financieele Dagblad and Trouw, which claimed that although officials can collect traffic fines across European borders, the KSA was “powerless” to stop Maltese-licensed operators soliciting Dutch customers.

About €1.16m is outstanding in unpaid fines, the publications said.

“To further combat illegal online gambling, the [KSA] urgently needs additional powers,” the agency wrote. “Only then can the supervisor effectively protect consumers and ensure that the offer of gambling is reliable and safe.”

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