The Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit has stated imposing fines on online operators has had a negligible effect on restricting illegal gambling activity.
The admission came as the KSA submitted its 2019 agenda to the Dutch Senate, meeting on 5 February, to discuss the long awaited Remote Gambling Bill.
“The KSA has increasingly imposed fines on online providers in recent years,” said the submission. “These have so far had little effect on the extent of the illegal online offer.”
The regulatory body issued $1.9m worth of fines in 2018, but added “in a number of cases fines have not been paid.”
Noting the difficulty in tracing mobile use, the KSA added that operators “respond quickly to the KSA’s approach and know how to disguise the offer better.”
The Remote Gambling Bill was passed by the Lower House in 2016. Following this latest feedback, the approved bill could go some way to outlining a more efficient regulatory structure.