The new coalition government in that online gambling operators must maintain a physical presence in the country to operate online.
Possibly breaking European Union trade rules, the regulation was pre- sented in the coalition of four Dutch political parties’ new ‘confidence in the future’ policy program in a one-line, fleeting and ominous reference.
It states a necessity for an operator to achieve an online gambling licence in the country and that they must perpetuate “some form” of physical presence in the Netherlands.
With this vague communication of the new regulation, it is not obvious if operators will have to establish a local branch office, settle their servers that support Dutch customers in the country or only land-based operators will be allowed to employ online services to the Netherlands.
This problem will be resolved when the Dutch senate enters into debate regarding the country’s Remote Gambling Bill, approved by their parliament’s lower house roughly a year ago.