Belgium’s Council of Ministers has approved a draft law that would cut the weekly deposit limit to €200.
Belgium.- It looks like Belgium is set to more than halve the country’s current weekly deposit limit for gambling from €500 to €200.
The Council of Ministers has approved a proposal made by the minister for justice Vincent Van Quickenborne to amend Belgium’s Royal Decree on Games of Chance and the Protection of Players (1999).
It had previously considered a proposal to keep the limit at €500 but make it a “global” limit, similar to the system in Germany, rather than a limit for individual operators. However, under Van Quickenborne’s proposal the limit would continue to work on a per-operator basis.
The limit, which was introduced in April last year, would be lowered to €200 a week with each operator “to strengthen protection of the player”.
The proposed amendment would also give the Belgian Gaming Commission the power to ask the National Bank of Belgium if a player is behind on debt payments. The draft law now needs the approval of the national Data Protection Authority before it can be sent to the Council of State for a vote.
The Council of Ministers has also approved a proposal to add betting shops to Belgium’s national exclusion register, EPIS. This proposal was also forward by Van Quickenborne.
Launched in 2004, EPIS currently applies to land-based casinos and slot arcades, preventing players who have self-excluded or have been added to the list from entering the venues.
The Council of Ministers described the register as “undoubtedly a very effective instrument in the fight against gambling addiction”.
Again, the draft proposal will require approval from the Data Protection Authority and the Council of State.