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Kansspelautoriteit chair René Jansen: ‘Online gambling market will hopefully be open by 1 January 2021’

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Kansspelautoriteit chair René Jansen: ‘Online gambling market will hopefully be open by 1 January 2021’
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The Netherlands Gambling Authority (Ksa) expects the Remote Gambling Act (Wet kansspelen op afstand) to come into effect on 1 July 2020. In that case, licence applications can be processed from that date onwards, so the online gambling market can be open from 1 January 2021.

This message was communicated by René Jansen, chair of the Ksa, during the annual conference of the Gaming in Holland platform. René Jansen emphasised that managing the licensing process properly in the context of the Remote Gambling Act will be a priority in the coming two years.

Conditions

The Remote Gambling Act, which was adopted by the Dutch Senate on 19 February 2019, legalises online gambling under strict conditions. Pursuant to the current legislation, it is not possible to apply for a licence to offer online gambling. This situation will change under the new law. The Ministry of Justice and Security is currently drafting the subordinate legislation related to the Remote Gambling Act. As soon as this process has been finalised, the Ksa will be able to draft the licence conditions. ‘Such an operation places quite a high demand on an organisation the size of the Ksa’, says Jansen. ‘However, we are doing everything in our power to get it done. If we cannot manage with our permanent staff, we will hire external staff.’

Safe online offer

The law intends to create a safe, legal online gambling offer. By granting licences to reliable companies, it will be possible to lay down conditions and exercise the necessary supervision at the same time. The law grants the Ksa additional powers to tackle illegal online offers.

Form

René Jansen made a strong appeal to his audience today to fill in the ‘I would like to become a Ksa licence holder’ registration form on the Ksa website. René Jansen: ‘It is important for the Ksa to know how many licence applications we can expect in the future. This information will allow us to organise the licensing process properly. A smooth process is not only in our own interest but also in the interest of the companies that are going to apply for a licence.’

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Complitech hits 10,000 technical compliance requirements with Greece listing

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Complitech, the gaming industry’s only product and technical compliance database, has hit a major landmark with the listing of its 10,000th requirement, after adding Greece to its selection of jurisdictions.

The addition means Complitech users can now download, sort, analyse and compare more than 10,000 technical compliance requirements from 27 regulated online gaming jurisdictions within seconds.

These requirements are translated into English and kept up to date by a team of compliance experts, with new markets added as they open. As well as Greece, full technical compliance requirements from Germany and the Netherlands will soon be available to Complitech users.

The database has quickly become a must-have tool for suppliers looking to expand their global footprint within regulated markets. On average, Complitech users are able to enter new jurisdictions 60 percent faster than competitors.

Francesco Bianchi, Director of Compliance Operations at Maxima Compliance, said: “It has been a little over six months since we launched Complitech, so it is a fantastic achievement to have already hit such a landmark.

“A huge amount of work has been put in by the team to ensure that compliance managers and product owners no longer need to spend weeks researching and translating these requirements themselves.

“Complitech not only streamlines and optimises the process of entering new regulated markets, but its powerful gap analysis tools mean it can be used to identify new strategic opportunities for your business.”

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Belgium Implements Capacity Limit for Land-based Gaming Venues

Niji Narayan

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The Belgian government has published a new decree limiting the capacity at land-based gaming venues in the country to a maximum of 40 people as the number of Covid-19 cases increases.

Also, casinos, gambling halls and betting shops must remain closed between 11:30 pm and 6:00 am, and upon arrival, customers must register their details for contact tracing.

The sale of food and drink onsite is prohibited, and customers are also obliged to wear masks, a rule which has been in effect in all public places in Belgium since July.

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AUSTRAC Launches Formal Investigation into Crown Melbourne Over AML Concerns

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AUSTRAC, Australia’s financial crime watchdog, has launched a formal investigation into potential infringements of the country’s anti-money laundering laws by Crown Resorts.

In a Monday morning filing with the Australian Securities Exchange, Crown revealed that it had been informed of the investigation by AUSTRAC after the authority’s Regulatory Operations branch identified potential non-compliance by Crown Melbourne of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006 and the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Rules 2007.

The potential non-compliance relates to “ongoing customer due diligence, and adopting, maintain and complying with an anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing program,” Crown said.

It added that the concerns were identified “in the course of a compliance assessment that commenced in September 2019 and focused on Crown Melbourne’s management of customers identified as high risk and politically exposed persons.”

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