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Belgian and Dutch Authorities Work Together for Safer iGaming Experience
Games are fine, bonuses are fun, but nothing beats safe gaming. Two local authorities, the Dutch and Belgian ones, decided to combine forces and exchange information that can help them track certain patterns and companies in the iGaming industry, thus making the overall experience safer for players in both countries. Kansspelautoriteit, the Dutch Gaming Authority, and Kansspelcommissie, the Belgian Gaming Commission, have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to help them understand the latest trends in the industry, improve supervision, and gain more detailed data, all while increasing the safety of Dutch and Belgian casino customers.
Belgian-Dutch Memorandum of Understanding the iGaming Industry
According to the bilateral agreement, the two regulatory bodies will share general information, inform each other on best practices, and share specific knowledge about licensing processes. In the past, both regulatory bodies were known for their informal cooperation that included creating common goals, customer protection, and prevention of problem gambling. The recently signed document builds on this, with the hope of deepening the relationship and creating even better bonds between two gaming markets.
President of the Belgium Gaming Commission, Magali Clavie, accentuated the fact that online gaming knows no political borders, which requires more international cooperation than ever. She added that the information they receive from foreign colleagues is always very useful and instructive. The Belgians are not the only ones who have a deal with the Dutch regulator, as they have signed similar deals with authorities from Sweden, Malta, and France.
René Jansen, a chairman at the Dutch gambling authority, agreed that such a document will guarantee the smooth exchange of information. He also believes that warning operators about the international collaboration between authorities will deter them from scams, frauds, and illegal operations. The MoU signed with the Belgians is not the only novelty in the Netherlands. As of April 1st, companies can apply for the local Dutch iGaming license that will allow them to provide iGaming services all over the country. They have already revealed the design of the trademark all regulated companies will have to display on their websites, both desktop and mobile, and mobile apps. The image must be linked with the KSA licensing page that will allow consumers to check the company’s status at any time and learn more about all types of gaming the license covers.
About Kansspelautoriteit and Kansspelcommissie
Kansspelautoriteit, or the Dutch Gaming Authority, was founded in 2012 as an independent governing body for supervising and regulating all types of games of chance on the territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The main goals of the body are informing, protecting consumers, prevention of illegal and criminal activities in the gaming sector, and prevention of gambling addiction. According to their website, they regulate the entire land-based casino industry (and soon online industry as well), which includes 14 casinos operated by Holland Casino, different types of lotteries and horse racing, and slot machines in different venues.
Kansspelcommissie, or Belgian Gaming Commission, was founded in 1992. The main goal is to provide licenses to interested companies, provide advice, and monitor the industry so it can react when necessary. The Commission can grant seven types of licenses, and regularly carries out inspections in the field to make sure all operators work according to their designated license type.