Norwegian Ministry of Culture, Agriculture and Food has the right to block payments to overseas igaming operators in the country without violating any EU law, the Oslo District Court has ruled hearing the petition challenging the move.
Earlier, Entercash and the European Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA) 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.
The 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.
The court also ruled that the Ministry did have the legal authority to block the payment services.
“There is no doubt about the regulations, and thus the decision, is based on law,” Haug-Hustad continued. “The regulations are laid down on the basis of Section 2 of the Gambling Act, Section 11 of the Lottery Act and Section 3 of the Totalizator Act.”
Entercash and the European Betting and Gaming Association (EGBA) may still appeal against the decision.