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KSA clarifies licence application deadlines

| By Daniel O'Boyle
Dutch regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has clarified its rules around the submission of documents for prospective online licensees, announcing that certain documents required to receive a licence may be submitted later than the application.

The application to receive an online licence when the Dutch market opens for business includes a series of reports on certain components of the possible licensee’s product.

The KSA has now clarified that, as long as the application is submitted by 15 April, the documents will not be required until 1 July in order to grant a licence on the market’s 1 October opening date.

The 1 October launch date was announced earlier this week by Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker in the third delay to regulated igaming in the country.

Online gambling in the Netherlands was initially scheduled to launch on 1 January, 2021, but in November 2019, the KSA pushed back the launch date to 1 July, 2021

In June, Dekker warned of further delays, as preparations to launch were disrupted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, before announcing three months later that the market would open on 1 September.

This week, Dekker said a slower implementation of the laws may create a stronger environment of regulation when he pushed back the start date again.

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