Norway Looks to Streamline Gambling Laws, Monopoly Model to Remain

Norway strives to unify its gaming laws in a single framework, while consolidating the future of Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto as the only two companies allowed to conduct gaming activities on the territory of the Scandinavian nation.

On Monday, the country’s Ministry of Culture submitted a proposal that, if approved, would merge the 1992 Norwegian Gaming Act, the 1995 Lottery Act, and the 1927 Totalizer Act into a series of measures aimed at improving the local gambling market regulate.

The proposal was endorsed by the Norwegian Minister for Culture and Gender Equality, Abid Raja, who said that his aim was to adopt one “Broader perspective” on gambling policy and too “Safe Responsible Gaming and Too Prevent gambling problems and other negative consequences. ”

The Norwegian government has launched a consultation on the proposal. The consultation phase runs until September 29th. Various stakeholders have been asked to give their opinion on the subject.

As already mentioned, the proposal is not intended to change the position of Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto as Norway’s gambling monopoly. If approved, the measure aims to remedy inefficiencies in the monitoring of gambling. Gambling activities are ongoing overseen by three different government agenciesThese include the Ministry of Culture, the Lottery Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

With the proposed changes, the Ministry of Culture is taking on all of the gaming supervision tasks. Both Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto will be is subject to strict government control. The state will have the final say on key aspects of the two operators’ activities, including the appointment of board members.

The proposal gives the local regulator more power

With the proposal of the Ministry of Culture, the Norwegian gambling authority Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet) is involved extended powers monitor the sector and prevent unlicensed international companies from serving local players.

For example, the regulator may instruct local internet service providers to inform users that ads from offshore operators are being placed illegally and that advertising is not allowed in Norway.

The recently submitted proposal is also intended to tighten the rules for gambling advertising and to prevent international operators from doing so Take advantage of loopholes and promoting their products and services in Norway.

The country’s legislature, Stortinget, approved a measure in May to ban offshore companies from advertising on the Internet. Legislature recently passed a law that closed a long-standing loophole in the Norwegian Broadcasting Act that allowed unlicensed gaming companies to advertise their products on Norwegian television channels broadcast from outside the country.

The government is also looking into the initiative of the Ministry of Culture Input on loot boxes in video games, if and when they represent games of chance and whether the proposed new legal framework would cover them.

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