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Familiar face for Norway’s gambling regulator role

The Norwegian struggle against remote online igaming services is taking a boost with Gunn Merete Paulsen. The gambling regulator of the Nordic country, Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet, reappointed Paulsen as its Director General, exactly when the pressure on government for restricting further the online igaming services increases.

Paulsen held the same role from 2011 to 2015 and he will be replacing Atle Hamar who’s leaving the post and will become Norway’s Environment Secretary. The igaming policy in Norway is under huge pressure as politicians are pushing on a cross-party agreement to impose severe restrictions on foreign online gambling services targeting Norwegians.

A joint online gambling mandate had been developed last April from the coalition of Labour, Christian Peoples, Socialist Left and Centrist parties and was approved by Norway’s legislative assembly. Bankling transactions and advertisements will be restricted more, while penalties and IP blocks will come in effect. The idea is to tighten Norway’s framework for online betting and support the charitable contributions of state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping.

The parliament asks also backing from the European Commission and referred the proposed changes, seeking for approval to implement the restrictions on European licensed operators. Norway has to comply with European Union legislation on digital services as a member of the European Economic Area.

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