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GLG wins EHRM case against the Netherlands over Gaming Tax

Operator awarded € 1,36 mln. in damages

Netherlands Gambling License 2021

The Netherlands Senate approved the bill on remote games of chance on February 19, 2019. This means that it will become possible to apply for a license in the Netherlands for offering online games of chance. How to prepare?

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GLG wins EHRM case against the Netherlands over Gaming Tax

Operator awarded € 1,36 mln. in damages

ATTORNEYS AT LAW

On December 3, 2019, the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeals ruled on a case brought by the Wetsteijn gambling machine operator Wetsteijn in Dordrecht against the State. Attorney Bas Jongmans of Gaming Legal Group assisted the company in the proceedings.

 

The Court of Appeals ruled that the gambling tax introduced on turnovers from gambling machines has hit the Wetsteijn company in an excessive fashion and is therefore a violation of the First Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Citizens and companies often rely on this specific provision of the human rights treaty. However, it is the first time in the history of Dutch case law that an appeal in a tax case has led to such a substantial compensation. The ruling also offers prospects for compensation for other operators, who have been litigating for years. Wetsteijn shall have to wait for its money for now. The State is expected to file an appeal with the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

GLG wint EVRM zaak tegen Nederlandse Staat over kansspelbelasting

Exploitant krijgt € 1.36 mln. compensatie

ATTORNEYS AT LAW

Op 3 december 2019 deed het gerechtshof Arnhem-Leeuwarden uitspraak in een zaak die exploitant van kansspelautomaten Wetsteijn te Dordrecht tegen de Belastingdienst heeft aangespannen. Advocaat Bas Jongmans van Gaming Legal Group stond het bedrijf bij in de procedure. Het gerechtshof oordeelde dat de ingevoerde kansspelbelasting op omzetten uit kansspelautomaten het bedrijf Wetsteijn op buitensporige wijze heeft geraakt en daarmee een inbreuk vormt op het Eerste Protocol bij het Europees Verdrag voor de Rechten van de Mens.

 

Vaak wordt door burgers en bedrijven een beroep gedaan op deze verdragsbepaling. Het is echter de eerste keer dat een beroepsgrond in een belastingzaak heeft geleid tot een forse schadevergoeding. De uitspraak biedt ook uitzicht op een schadevergoeding voor andere exploitanten, die al jaren procederen. Wetsteijn zal voorlopig nog op haar geld moeten wachten. Het is namelijk de verwachting dat de Staatssecretaris in cassatie zal gaan.

 

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Netherlands Gambling License 2021

On February 19, 2019, the Netherlands Senate approved the bill on remote games of chance ("Koa Act"). This means that it will become possible to apply for a license in the Netherlands for offering online games of chance. How to prepare?

The Netherlands Government has previously indicated that the target date for the Koa Act to enter into force is 1 January 2021. As of that date, applications for an online gambling license can be submitted to the Gaming Authority. In addition, the Koa Act tightens the requirements in the field of addiction prevention. Online gambling is currently prohibited in the Netherlands.

 

The current legal regime has no possibilities for granting a license to offer online games of chance. The online market opens six months after the Koa Act comes into force.The Netherlands Regulator Kansspelautoriteit is estimating that approximately 90 licenses shall be granted.

Gaming Legal Group assists candidates to prepare for the application process via a tailor made Quickscan procedure. 

Without any commitment, visit the Member Zone and apply for a Quickscan now.

 

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