This week it was revealed that the Dutch government is looking into possibly privatising Nederlandse Loterij, the state-run lottery that serves the country.
The revelation was made by Finance Minister Marnix Van Rij, who said that they're looking at either full privatisation or partial privatisation of the business. There are currently two state-run gambling entities in the Netherlands, with Holland Casino being the other business, and the report comes as the country's government orders the evaluation of all state-owned entities every seven years.
This year's report found that the lottery is ready to be privatised, as it could support the transition both financially and organizationally. The move is supported by Van Rix, who claimed that moving to the private sector would allow the lottery to innovate and compete with other betting products. For its part, Nederlandse Loterij said it would support the move to be privatised.
The matter will be looked into further by various ministries in the country before a final plan can be submitted to lawmakers.
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That somehow doesn't surprise me. When it comes to online gambling regulations, Netherlands is one of the toughest ones with all their requirements.