Government of Netherlands Moves On Curaçao Online Gambling

Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 -
Government of Netherlands Moves On Curaçao Online Gambling

The European gambling industry has been transformed by the introduction of the internet which has disrupted the status quo of terrestrial operators and governments. In a remote online gambling jurisdiction controlled by the Dutch government Curaçao which is one of the oldest and most politically stable providers of regulated eGaming services since 1996 is having difficulty with illegal gambling.

MP Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party a short while ago brought concerns about illegal gambling activities offered by Curaçao online casinos and the role of the accountancy firm KPMG in the system to the Dutch parliament. MP Blok and the Junior Minister Dijkhoff stated they were serious about preventing the expansion of illegal online gambling activities from Curaçao in the Netherlands. The Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Ard van der Steur brought up the need for supervision on internet gambling during a meeting of the four Justice Ministers last month.

 Blok also said, Curaçao was an autonomous affair of the Country Curaçao. “Therefore it is a responsibility of the Curaçao Government and of the Curaçao Prosecutor’s Office to secure a proper supervision of online gambling,” The Minister of Security and Justice went on to explain that the Dutch Gaming Authority does not have a mandate to act outside the Netherlands, and that it cannot interfere  in the Curaçao gambling industry.

The Dutch Gaming Authority investigated several reports about online gambling offered by Curaçao websites in the Netherlands in the past.  “It concerned illegal gambling with a limited size on the Dutch market. The investigation resulted in interventions, after which the transgressions were ended.”

Blok maintains that the July 5, 2016, motion moved by Members of Parliament, Nine Kooiman and Jeroen van Wijngaarden called for a larger influence of the Dutch Gaming Authority in Curaçao and St. Maarten, which was widely supported by the Second Chamber, “emphasized that particular attention was needed on this matter.” A response to the motion is expected at a later time.



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