he Norwegian government has confirmed that it will not liberalize the country’s gambling market or offer licences to private operators, instead choosing to strengthen the existing monopoly.
Norwegian culture minister Linda Helleland said Friday that it is important to maintain the current gambling monopoly to protect consumers from problem gambling and to ensure the distribution of gambling profits to social causes.
“I am proud to present the Government’s white paper on responsible and active gaming and betting policy,” the minister said. “The white paper represents the first fundamental and integrated review of the gaming and betting sector since 2003. It describes the major developments in the sector in recent years and sets out a positive, forward-looking policy for this area,” Helleland added.
“The white paper describes a comprehensive, robust model for the regulation of gaming and betting that addresses the challenges presented by technological developments The primary aim is to minimise undesirable gaming and betting behaviour by ensuring that lotteries and gaming and betting services are offered in safe and responsible forms," she said.
"The Government has concluded that the current model, under which state-owned entities have a monopoly on the provision of most gaming and betting services, is best suited to achieving the aim of responsible service delivery"
"The proposals will reinforce the monopoly model and the services on offer through several new measures to protect the regulated providers Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto,” said Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland.
The white paper also gives notice of the Government’s intention to gather relevant gaming, betting, lotteries and totalisator legislation in a single new act. Parallel to preparation of the new act, new regulations will be drawn up on the most important measures to promote responsible gaming and betting.