Council of State: Scarce Licenses to Be Awarded in a Transparent and Fair Manner

When it comes to the distribution of scarce licenses, all potential candidates should be given equal opportunity by the distributing authority to compete for such a license in a transparent procedure, the Council of State (Raad van State), the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, ruled yesterday.

The Council of State’s verdict concluded a case concerning a decision by the municipality of Vlaardingen to award the municipality’s single gaming license to land-based operator Hommerson Casino in a privately negotiated procedure.

Apart from overturning the municipality’s decision, the Council of State found that the municipality should have clearly and publicly announced the availability of a scarce license, the period within which applications must be submitted, and the requirements determining to which applicant(s) a license will be awarded.

Although some restrictions may be placed on such a public tender, these restrictions may not predetermine the outcome of the competition.

The Council of State’s ruling establishes jurisprudence for other situations in which scarce licenses are to be awarded.

Netherlands Gaming Authority Publishes Updated Enforcement Policy

The Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit) has replaced its “outdated” enforcement policy.

Enforcement may be aimed at license holders, illegal operators, as well as facilitators, the new policy states.

As far as online operators are concerned, the Gaming Authority continues its current policy of prioritizing enforcement measures against operators which:

  • offer their services through a website with a .nl extension;
  • offer their services through a Dutch-language website;
  • advertise in broadcasts or print publications aimed at the Netherlands.

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