Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit faces a court challenge by a group of foreign gambling operators over lottery licences that were awarded last year.
Kansspelautoriteit awarded seven multi-year permits last year to De Staatsloterij, De Lotto, Holland Casino, Nationale Postcode Loterij, BankGiro Loterij and VriendenLoterij to run from January 2015 to January 2017.
However, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) trade association – whose members include Unibet, bwin.party and Betclic – is among the group that has now taken action to have the award overturned.
A Kansspelautoriteit statement outlined the challenge as it related to the regulator’s attempt to execute government policy.
“This approach is in line with the way that Netherlands gaming policy is organised – the government determines the policy frameworks and the gaming authority implements it by providing and supervising licenses,” read the statement.
“The judge must now decide whether to reject the application for a multi-year license, and whether the policy of the State, which served as a base, was lawful.”