Last week the Dutch National Rapporteur on Addictions (NRV) has revealed that it has submitted 22 different opinions on gambling-related measures to the country's Ministry of Justice via a report on the mental health impact of gambling in which it seeks changes to the gambling industry.
The report was written by Dr Arnt FA Schellekens and has multiple recommendations that the authors feel would help protect players in the Western European country. The biggest suggestion is to apply mandatory loss limits to all casino games, with the report recommending a system similar to nearby Germany. The authors claim that these limits could be lifted if customers can prove that they can afford the play.
Other recommendations include reducing advertising visibility to ensure that only those seeking gambling information see the ads, banning or restricting access to high-risk games like fruit machines. The group also recommends that the country hold operators accountable for gambling-related harm damages if they're found neglectful.
It's not known what impact the report will have, but it should be noted that the Netherlands has been working to bolster player safety recently. The country saw its liberalised online gaming market launch two years ago, and in that time there have been multiple instances of operators being fined for not following the regulations that have been spelled out.
Casino Listings News is constantly following the Dutch gaming market and will inform readers if changes from this report are implemented.