Holanda tem novo programa para apostas
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The Dutch betting and gaming regulatory body, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has defined three areas of focus during the Euro 2024 dispute: prevention, supervision and enforcement.

In particular, it intends to tighten controls on young people who bet, anticipating an increase in activity in the midst of the European championship.

KSA will step up youth awareness during Euro 2024

KSA together with Loket Kansspel launched a campaign, financed by the Addiction Prevention Fund (Vpf). Thus, the idea is to provide educational material about the risks that gambling games have and will be aimed mainly at people aged between 18 and 24 years old.

With the slogan “Don’t Play Games With Your Money”, the campaign invites young people to take a test to receive an analysis of their behavior in relation to gambling and sports betting.

Participants will be redirected to Loket Kansspel if they are considered to be at higher risk of harm from gambling.

As such, those who contact Loket Gambling during Euro 2024 will receive a free two-year subscription to the Gamban gaming self-exclusion service.

The KSA says it speaks directly with sports betting providers to clarify what advertising they will consider acceptable. They warned operators to comply with new advertising laws.

New regulatory unit

Earlier this month, KSA President René Jansen revealed that the gambling regulatory body will create a new department. This department, Duty of Care Online, will function as a temporary measure.

Therefore, the special department will focus exclusively on monitoring operators’ compliance with responsible gaming duties.

Announcing the news in a speech at Gaming in Holland in Amsterdam, Jansen said KSA would hire 10 to 15 new employees to run the department.

The unit will begin operating on September 1st.

Therefore, the launch is a response to cases of excessive gambling. According to the regulatory body, recent figures showed that operators were not properly fulfilling their obligations.

Jansen claimed that the new Online Duty of Care department will take swift and decisive action. Warnings will be through warning letters, fines and other sanctions in cases where companies do not comply with their duty of care.