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The Netherlands Gambling Authority names new chair

René Jansen appointed by Dutch regulator

The Netherlands Gambling Authority has named René Jansen as its new chairman. The appointment comes ahead of talks with the government over new gambling regulation in the country.

Jansen, who most recently served on the executive board at the Dutch Healthcare Authority, will take on his new role from 1st October. Jansen has previous experience with the former Dutch Competition Authority, and worked at the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Social Affairs & Employment. He will replace Jan Suyver, whose departure was confirmed earlier this year.

The regulator, which recently rebranded from the Netherlands Gaming Authority, planned to change its structure from that of three part-time board members and one director to two full-time board members and no director, according to KSA board member Joop Pot.

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René Jansen.

To this end, in addition to Jansen, the KSA has named Bernadette van Buchem as its vice-chairman, effective October 15. Van Buchem is currently director of consumers at the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, and previously held various roles at ABD Interim, the group of interim managers of the Dutch government.

The KSA said in a statement: “The Gaming Authority sees Jansen and van Buchem as the right people to continue the course taken by the KSA and to lead the organisation through the planned modernisation of the gaming policy.”

The double appointment comes at a time when two pieces of legislation hang in the balance in the Netherlands.

The Senate is yet to approve the Remote Gaming Bill, which would make online games of chance legal in the country. The Modernisation Casino Regime Bill, which focuses on the privatisation of Holland Casino, also awaits approval.

In June, it was revealed the country’s coalition government intends to resume the process with the aim of introducing new regulation by 2020.

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