Norway’s Ministry of Culture is set to unveil a consultation on unifying the country’s gambling laws into one piece of legislation. The proposed bill would merge the current Gambling Act, Lottery Act and Totalisator Act under a group of gambling laws that would apply to the whole Norwegian market.
The consultation will run through to Sep. 29, with several stakeholders called to give their say on the proposals.
The Minister of Culture and Gender Equality Abid Q. Raja said,
“The purpose of the bill is to improve responsible gaming [standards] and to prevent problems and other negative consequences of gambling.
“We still want voluntary and non-profit purposes to benefit from the profits that gambling generate, and the bill facilitates this, but at the same time also demands more efficiencies from Norsk Tipping.”
Among the major proposals in the bill are for Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping to retain the exclusive right to provider gambling. Both gambling operators would be subject to tough government control, including the state having a last say on board appointments to each firm.
In addition, the bill would have the Ministry of Culture take responsibility for all elements of the gambling sector, such as rules governing horse racing division, which is currently under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
The nation’s gambling regulator Lotteritilsynet would as well be granted more power to ensure that gambling activities take place legitimately. This would constitute asking internet providers to inform users that when they see marketing from offshore businesses, this is both illegal and unlicensed.
Apart from conventional gambling, the consultation will additionally collect opinions on loot boxes in video games and whether these elements should be covered by the proposed set of laws.