Netherlands’ National Rapporteur on Addictions, the Nationaal Rapporteur Verslavingen (NRV), has released a report containing 22 recommendations to address gambling-related harm. Written by Professor Arnt F.A. Schellekens from Radboud University, the report covers various aspects such as banking, marketing, and prevention.

Some of the recommendations include improving cooperation between operators and healthcare providers, establishing an addiction prevention policy by independent experts, and holding operators accountable for their duty of care. The NRV also suggests implementing player limits similar to those in Germany, which include deposit, time, balance, and loss limits applicable to all players. However, young adults may face stricter measures.

Aside from Germany, the NRV also looks to Belgium and Italy for inspiration on marketing regulations. Belgium has recently banned personalized gambling advertising, while Italy has a complete ban on gambling advertising.

Professor Schellekens emphasizes the urgency of policy adjustments and the importance of prioritizing the prevention of gambling harm and providing support to those affected. Peter Paul de Goeij, the Managing Director of the Netherlands Online Gambling Association, has also highlighted the regulatory challenges that sports betting companies may face in the Dutch market.

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