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Norway Launches New Effort to Squeeze Gambling Monopoly Regime

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture has renewed its efforts to unify Scandinavia. It brings together the country's gambling laws into one framework, while at the same time combining Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto as the only two entities allowed to conduct gambling activities.

A bill on the subject was submitted to Norway's highest legislative body, Stortinget, in June 20. The country's Minister of Culture and Gender Equality, Abid Raja, enacted the law as a landmark as its main sponsor aims to "regulate everything offered by gambling in Norway". described as the point and put tighter controls on all forms of gambling advertising.

Minister Raja has been pushing for an upgrade of the country's current gambling regulatory framework for some time now. It first proposed an overhaul in June 2020.

Legal gambling services in Norway are currently provided under: 200 Collector Act, 300 Gambling Act and 1995 Lottery Act

. The proposed new law will combine these previous actions into a single legal and regulatory framework.

Minister Raja's new rules and regulations will further strengthen the state-owned monopoly model. lottery, Norsk Tipping and state-owned race betting operator, Norsk Rikstoto , has the exclusive rights to all gambling products provided to local consumers.

20300 Eliminating Audit Inefficiencies

The second important aim of the proposed project is gambling revision, to address the inefficiencies in the way in which the activities of the monopoly operators of the country are supervised. Currently, two organizations Lottery Committee, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Agriculture and Food is managed by.

Under the proposed changes, the Ministry of Culture will be the only government agency to oversee the two gambling operators.

As part of the reorganization of the local market, the Norwegian Lottery Corporation will be given expanded powers by the Ministry of Culture to oversee the industry and free it from unlicensed operations. New tools to “detect, react to and enforce law violations” As explained by Minister Raja.

Other important provisions in the new law are social contains strict requirements for liability, ban on credit games, and new advertising restrictions. Advertising gambling to children has been classified as a criminal offense and thus betting products have been promoted to self-excluded individuals.

The new law aims to restrict the provision of unlicensed gambling services by international companies. Norway remains one of the last countries to maintain a monopoly pattern in Europe, and criticism has been mounting over the last few years over the preferred regulatory framework.

In April, the European Gaming and Betting Association, the trade body representing the continent's largest gambling firms, announced that Norway's Losing control of the online gambling market as players reject government monopoly and flock to international websites to find more options and that the multiple licensing regime can help local regulators regain control of the industry and protect customers appropriately.

Source: Norway targets unlicensed 'foreign gambling companies' with new legislation, SBC News, June 21, 2021

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