Dutch Parliament in favor of more control Dutch Gaming Authority on gambling sector islands
THE HAGUE – The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament has agreed to a greater influence of the Dutch Gaming Authority in the gambling sector in Curaçao and Sint Maarten. A motion presented by MPs Nine Kooiman and Jeroen van Wijngaarden was adopted by a majority of the House.
The motion highlights the large presence of illegal gambling providers in Curaçao and St. Maarten and the debilitating effects of the illegal online gambling sector.
The Dutch government will be asked to activate the Gaming Authority in the fight against illegal gambling on the islands. The MPs will also ask the government to have the Dutch authorities pay particular attention to gambling when it is legalized.
The motion was recently announced during a meeting with the Junior Minister of Justice and Security Klaas Dijkhoff. Dijkhoff advised against the motion because monitoring the gambling sector is an autonomous affair of Curaçao and St. Maarten. The Netherlands cannot take unilateral decisions on a greater influence, said the Junior Minister. He added that the Gaming Authority is intensely cooperating with regulators and the Gaming Control Board on the islands.