Betsson Calls For E.C. Action On Dutch Online Gambling

Published Friday, July 07, 2017 -
Betsson Calls For E.C. Action On Dutch Online Gambling

The internet is flooded with businesses related to online betting and the jurisdictional regulatory issues still plague the international operators. The Scandinavian online gambling industry has seen some improvements on the regulatory front but it still is a divided and confusing situation there.

Recently the Netherlands has been offensive after the Dutch regulatory body Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) regulatory body took aggressive actions against online operators it considered illegal in the Netherlands. Betsson, which operates Dutch-facing Oranje and Kroon brands, is saying that the KSA lacks the legal grounds for the proposed moves.  Betsson AB has formally requested that the European Commission take disciplinary action regarding the restricted gambling market in that jurisdiction.

Betsson has maintained that its operation that service Dutch consumers of their betting products,  “have been in line with the prioritization criteria” which the KSA implemented in 2012, but the KSA had moved the regulatory standards “without any legal basis.” With this in mind Betsson will continue to operate in accordance with the KSA’s 2012 criteria “but we will not change operations further as the change in policy has no legal basis.”

It is an old argument that many international regulated online gambling operators have face over the years. Betsson however has decided to fight back and issued a statement calling on The European Commission to reopen infringement proceedings originally brought against the Netherlands in 2006.  Betsson made a mention of the recent Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) that ruled that Hungary’s online gambling regime had no right to impose penalties against online operators licensed in other EU member states. Betsson has announced it had submitted the official complaint to the EC, based on the “continued and flagrant breach” of EU law by Dutch authorities and the country’s “continued failure to implement an EU compliant legal framework.”

Betsson’s statement continues to say the KSA’s actions are “unacceptable” and the EC needs to “take all action necessary to ensure that the KSA immediately refrains from continued enforcement.”

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