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Volume: 17 Issue: 8
(August 2018)

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Norway’s efforts to crack down on foreign gambling operators: a gambler’s fallacy?

Questions have been raised over the regulation of such gambling activities in and its standing with the Agreement on the European Economic Area 1994 (‘the EEA Agreement’). Many view the Norwegian system as more than adequate for monitoring addiction, crime and financial irregularities, however, there are calls for a state-controlled licensing regime and blocking of IP addresses. In April, a consultation on a proposal for amendments to the Regulation on the Prohibition against Payment for Gambling without Norwegian Authorisation 2010 was launched. If enacted, the amendments would considerably expand the scope of obligations of payment providers in the country. Brede A. Haglund and Alexander Mollan, of Brækhus Advokatfirma DA, review the current system and the objectives of the proposed amendments.

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