Norway Rolls Out New Rules to Combat Unlicensed Gambling Operations

A coalition of four Norwegian parties has presented the country’s legislature, the Storting, with a set of measures aimed at better protecting Norsk Tipping’s monopolyover the provision of gambling services and at blocking unlicensed international operators from targeting local players.

Norwegian news outlet VG reported Tuesday that the set of measures was jointly crafted by members of the Labor Party, the Christian People’s Party, the Socialist Left Party, and the Center Party. Their effort secured a majority on Tuesday, and according to VG, Norwegian legislators will look to adopt the new measures by May 7, 2018.

The news outlet wrote that yesterday’s events represented a defeat for previous measures for the creation of a licensing system and the opening of the local online gaming and betting market to international operators, spearheaded by Minister of Culture Trine Skei Grande.

Gambling in Norway is provided by two state-run entities – Norsk Tipping, which operates the majority of gambling services that are legal in the country, and Norsk Rikstoto, which is solely responsible for the nation’s horse racing industry.

Under the newly introduced measures, the Norwegian Gaming Authority (Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet) will have its power extended in several ways. The gambling regulator will be able to punish international gambling operators that breach the country’s gambling regulations and provide unlicensed operations.

In addition, the Gaming Authority will be able to require annual reports from banks to probe for any transactions conducted between a Norwegian national and an international gaming or betting company.

DNS blocking will, too, be implemented as part of the new set of rules to better prevent Norwegians from accessing foreign gambling websites.

The creators of the new measures have justified their recent introduction with the need for the country’s existing monopoly to be kept intact as it provides much-needed funding to Norwegian sport and numerous good causes. The new rules were also revealed to be ones that would better protect Norwegian gambling customers from falling victims to questionable unregulated operations.

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