Dutch MP’s rally against gambling liberalisation
Dutch opposition MPs are threatening to block proposed legislation which would open up the country’s gambling market including the legalisation of internet gaming.
They are accusing Deputy Justice Minister Fred Teeven of failing to take the issue of potential gambling addiction seriously. According to Radio Netherlands, the Christian Democrats, which is the smaller partner in the government with Mr Teeven’s conservative VVD, have joined with opposition parties comprising the Labour Party, Green Left, Christian Union and the Socialist Party to provide a powerful voice against the plans.
Mr Teeven wants to introduce more competition to a market in which the Holland Casino company currently holds a monopoly. His plans include a proposal to establish a gambling watchdog which according to critics will lack sufficient powers to be effective.