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EGBA presses on Norway

Norwegian players can play legally with only Norsk Tipping. However, many Norwegians also play on the websites of international companies, which haven’t a local license in Norway.

The government wants to protect state-owned gambling enterprise Norsk Tipping and specifically its charitable contributions by blocking other unsanctioned sites.

European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has called on the Norwegian authorities to turn away from difficult-to-enforce and counterproductive payment blocking measures and, instead, introduce an online gambling regulation which is modern, open to competition, protects consumers, and reflects consumer choice and the reality of the digital age of borderless internet.

EGBA said to the Norwegian government’s objective to create a well-regulated and controlled environment for online gambling in order to fully protect consumers, but believes that a transparent and non-discriminatory licensing regime, open to all gambling operators who can fulfil the regulatory requirements set by the Norwegian authorities, is a more appropriate and effective means to achieve this.

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