Norway to keep current regulatory body

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Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto have the full provision of gaming and betting services in the country.

The Government said that they would not introduce a new licensing scheme.

Norway.- The Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland announced that the government will maintain the current regulations that grants Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto the full provision of gaming and betting servicees in the country.

The Minister also said that they would not be introducing a new license scheme for foreigner gaming and betting companies anytime soon. “I am proud to present the Government’s white paper on responsible and active gaming and betting policy. 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,” she added.

Helleland said that 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. “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,” she concluded.