Correspondent Sander van Hoorn: discussion seems over
“Betting ads in Belgium are very much focused on sports, i.e. on betting. That is one of the reasons why, in addition to the gambling sector, the sports sector is also concerned about this bill.
The ruling party MR is against it for that reason. According to this group, it will put enormous pressure on the sports sector in terms of financing. But Justice Minister Van Quickenborne seems to be over that discussion. He emphasizes that gambling really gets people into trouble. According to him, the remedy is much less serious than the disease.
In addition, six competent ministers have already approved the plan. The ruling party MR has not supplied competent ministers and therefore cannot oppose the bill.”