The Minister for Legal Protection in the Netherlands, Franc Weerwind, is under pressure to support a universal loss limit in the country’s Remote Gambling Act (KOA). The ChristianUnie (CU) Party is advocating for this measure in response to the current safer gambling rules, which they believe are inadequate.
The proposed universal loss limit would apply to all 27 online gambling licensees in the country. The CU argues that this measure is necessary because the existing rules have not effectively prevented excessive online gambling. The goal is to prevent players from simply switching to another operator once they reach their limit.
Mirjam Bikker, leader of the CU, stated that the proposal has garnered majority support from several parties in the country, including the Christian Democratic Appeal, Conservative Reform Party, Dutch Socialist Party, and Green Alliance. The proposal has been submitted to Weerwind, who is overseeing the reform of the KOA.
Weerwind, however, has expressed reluctance to advance the proposal to ministers. He believes that implementing a universal limit would be time-consuming and complicated. Instead, he has focused on existing proposals, such as compulsory financial risk checks on player accounts that spend over €350 a month and a €150 non-universal loss limit for customers under 24.
The CU has criticized Weerwind’s stance, highlighting the loophole that still exists for young people to switch to another operator once they reach the monthly €150 limit. They argue that Weerwind’s approach does not effectively address gambling addiction and protect Dutch consumers.
In the midst of these discussions, the Netherlands has also taken steps to protect the safety of local gamblers by banning untargeted gambling advertisements. This move aims to mitigate some of the harm caused by gambling.
Overall, the debate over the universal loss limit in the Netherlands reflects ongoing efforts to address gambling addiction and promote responsible gambling practices in the country.