Expansion of the operation of Bibob to martial arts events and headshops

The operation of the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act (Wet Bibob) is being expanded to include martial arts events and headshops (businesses that sell items that can be used in taking various types of drugs). It was decided to apply the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act to these branches due their susceptibility to criminal influencing.

The objective of the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act is to prevent the government from unintentionally facilitating criminal activities. In order to realise this objective, the National Public Administration Probity Screening Agency, part of Justis, the Ministry of Justice Agency for Scrutiny, Integrity and Screening, investigates – at the request of an administrative body – whether there is a chance that a permit, subsidy or government instruction is being abused for criminal activities.

Currently, coffeeshops, smartshops and growshops already come under the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act. Headshops are also placed under the operation of the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act because they are closely related to smart and growshops. It has become clear that the underworld and legitimate society regularly mix during martial arts events. The role of organisers and sponsors stands out in particular. Expansion of the scope of the Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act remains limited to headshops and events, to the extent that these are locally subject a to a licence obligation.

The Council of Ministers has agreed to the bill being sent to the Council of State for its opinion. The text of the decision will be made public by means of publication in the Bulletin of Acts and Decrees.