Belgium Approves Royal Decree for Gambling Player Protection
Belgium's Council of Ministers approved amendments to the Royal Decree on Games of Chance and the Protection of Players (1999) last Friday.
Belgium's Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister proposed new draft amendments to Belgium’s ‘Royal Decree on Games of Chance and the Protection of Players”. The Belgium Council of Ministers approved them. In 2020, the Belgium Gambling Commission made a $589 weekly deposit limit. It was to be revised when the government eased restrictions. Quickenborne‘s proposal includes amendments of the Royal Decrees to “revise downwards“ the mandatory weekly Deposit limit to drop from $588 to $235.
Quickenborne proposes an update to the Excluded Persons Information System (EPIS) to create a centralized player registry for consumer protection and affordability to gamble. The minister of Justice called for the temporary restriction to be removed and a lower deposit limit across websites enforced.
Belgian gaming policy is comprised of two pillars: the monopoly regime of the public lotteries and the second one of licensed operators granted a license by the BGC. The commission prohibits any form of gambling outside of those licensed by B GC. It can issue a warning and administrative fines against illegal operators.