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Dutch Gambling Legislation In Jeopardy

Gambling expansion in the Netherlands may be blocked by Dutch MPs unless action is taken by the government to fight gambling addiction.

Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teevan's plans to remove many restrictions on gambling in the country have met opposition with the Green Left, the Christian Union, Socialist and Labour parties. The opposition stems from the lack of methods contained in the proposal to fight gambling addiction.

Teevan's proposal includes founding a gambling watchdog organization to oversee the opening of the gambling market, which would include legalization and regulation of online gambling. Currently the country is monopolized by the Holland Casino, which sees no competition in the Dutch market. Opponents believe that the proposed watchdog will not have enough power to protect players.

A report by Radio Netherlands states that the issue will be debated within the national parliament today.

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