The Ministry of Culture of Norway has stated its support for a consultation to integrate the gambling laws of the country into a common legislative structure.
The consultation would form the basis for a new bill to combine the three current gambling laws of Norway – ‘1992 Gambling Act,’ ‘1995 Lottery Act,’ and ‘1927 Totalisator Act,’ supported by Culture Minister Abid Raja.
In forwarding the request to Norway’s Stortinget (legislative assembly), Raja stressed that Norsk Tipping (lottery and gaming) and Rikstoto (racing) roles as regional gaming monopolies would not be reviewed at the consultation.
Alternatively, Raja will aim to eradicate the inefficiencies in regulating Norway’s gambling monopolies, which have been regulated to date by three independent government bodies – the Lottery Committee, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Agriculture and Nutrition.
Within a new regulatory structure regulated by the Ministry of Culture, Norsk Tipping and Riskstoto would be subject to more strict state controls, with the government directly nominating executive and board members for the monopolies.
Other goals will see the Ministry of Culture undertake all responsibilities for reviewing Norsk Tipping and the social responsibility and customer care duties of Risktoto.
Reducing the number of government agencies overseeing Norwegian gambling legislation, Raja underlined that the Lotteritilsynet national regulator will be strengthened in protecting the market from unlicensed operators.
The consultation would also impose new legislation on ads, restricting access to marketing verticals for remote operators which they have been able to bypass under existing laws.
Developing a centralised structure, the Ministry of Culture announced that it would collaborate with all relevant stakeholders to devise effective legislation addressing all the technicalities of gambling related to consumer safety, developments in technology and more market dynamics.