EGBA Not Giving Up On Norway’s Gambling Payment Ban

EGBA Not Giving Up On Norway’s Gambling Payment Ban

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is committed to challenging the payment ban imposed by the Norwegian authorities on offshore online gambling operators.

The court has ruled in favor of the ban; however, the EGBA is relying on the final hearing.

Earlier last week, a Norwegian court ruled that the payment block on overseas online gambling operators 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.”

Maarten Haijer, secretary-general of the EGBA, said: “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 will reflect on the judgment before considering whether to appeal.”

EGBA also said that the move to block payments of overseas online gambling operators is strategically device to provide the upper hand to the state-owned gambling monopoly in the Norwegian market.

“All other European countries have now introduced, or are in the process of introducing, a so-called multi-license regime which allows European companies who fulfill strict safety and quality criteria to obtain a license to provide online betting.

“These countries have found that a high level of online consumer protection is best achieved by providing consumer choice alongside high consumer protection standards.

“We believe payment blocking measures are being enforced by the Norwegian authorities to ensure the survival of the country’s gambling monopoly,” Haijer added.

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