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Exclusive interview with Jeroen van Wijngaarden, Member of Parliament at Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, Netherlands

“Other markets in Europe are not open to new competitors from abroad, so why open our market to them just like that?”

“Other markets in Europe are not open to new competitors from abroad, so why open our market to them just like that?”
Jeroen van Wijngaarden talks online gaming in the Netherlands.
Netherlands | 11/27/2015

Jeroen van Wijngaarden talks online gaming in the Netherlands.

F

igures released by the Kansspelautoriteit show that online gambling in the Netherlands is set to grow at a rate of 7.6% this year. How will you deal with problem gambling?

The Netherlands will implement an extensive regime to prevent problem gambling. The best way to do this is to provide a legal online alternative for online gambling, as gamblers are currently lacking such an alternative. In a legal alternative measures for the prevention and monitoring of addication can be put in place.

Will these new amendments affect De Lotto's monopoly position? Will they guarantee a wider and more plural scenario?

This still remains to be seen and requires careful consideration, firstly we will deal with the overall legal framework in the coming months. In the course of the coming years we will deal with the question of market access. It's important to gradually liberalize the market without giving up the typical merits of the dutch lottery system. For instance, there is no other system in Europe generating so much income for sports, culture and other good causes such as the fight against cancer or the eradication of child labor in developing countries. Furthermore, other markets in Europe are not open to new competitors from abroad, so why open our market to them just like that? That would be rather stupid. Instead of doing so, we will debate to what extend opening the market can help to increase the fundraising for sports, culture and other good causes.

Controversial discussion has arisen regarding the nature of Daily Fantasy Sports. Are you concerned about lack of transparency within this activity?

The gambling authority will have to deal with this question as it is their job to do so.

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