The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has suggested the Norwegian government to introduce new regulations to enable foreign gaming companies to operate in the country, arguing that the current system is “not sustainable”.
According to current regulations, Norwegian punters can legally gamble with either Norsk Tipping or Norsk Rikstoto, however, some choose to place bets with international companies that do not hold a Norwegian licence.
The country’s government recently completed a consultation on its proposal to start blocking financial transaction to and from these foreign gaming websites.
The European Gaming and Betting Association has criticised these plans saying that such a proposal is not a “realistic or effective measure to control internet activity”.
The European Gaming and Betting Association has initiated court proceedings against plans to start blocking such transactions arguing that it is illegal under both Norwegian and EU law.
Maarten Haijer, secretary general of the European Gaming and Betting Association, said:
The Norwegian Gaming Authority has recently taken numerous steps to clamp down on unlicensed operators in the country. The Norwegian Gaming Authority revealed in August that it gad succeeded in persuading Apple to remove all unlicensed gambling applications from its App Store.