The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) says that they are confident about the second hearing in the court over their appeal against the Norwegian government’s decision to block gambling payments for offshore igaming operators.
Entercash and the European Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA) had approached the court and claimed that the move to block the payment of offshore iGaming operators was in contravention of the EU laws and that the government authorities had no right to enforce such payment blocks.
Earlier this week, in a setback to the EGBA, Oslo District Court ruled that the block does not violate the EU Payment Services Directive, as member states may still apply national laws that “may affect the functioning of the common [payment] market.”
“The State […] is acquitted in so far as the allegations are based on the assertion that the decisions are invalid because they lack internal legal authority and contravene the Payment Services Directive,” District Court Judge Anne Cathrine Haug-Hustad said.
Now awaiting the second hearing of the case, EGBA has said that they are positive that the decision would be in their favor.
“We take note of the ruling by the Oslo City Court and await with confidence the outcome of our main claim that payment blockings infringe upon the EU freedom to provide services,” EGBA secretary general Maarten Haijer said responding to the Oslo City Court’s ruling against his association.
“We believe payment blocking measures are being enforced by the Norwegian authorities to ensure the survival of the country’s gambling monopoly,” Haijer said.
“A more fundamental rethink of Norway’s gambling regime is needed and we continue to advocate for a highly-regulated and safe online betting regulation which follows the example of Sweden and other European countries.”