According to the decision of the District Court of Oslo, the Ministry of Culture, Agriculture and Food has acquired the right to block payments to offshore gambling operators.

 This step is crucial in the context of information legal framework to comply with EU requirements.

 However, the plaintiffs in the case – Entercash and the European Association of gambling and sports betting (EGBA) can still win the second part of the case. The essence of the proceeding is the fact that, according to the prosecution, the blocking measures are unlawful, since, in fact, is the restriction on the provision of services in the European Economic Area (EEA).

 Initially, the case was split into two parts. The first hearing was devoted to the two elements of the proceedings – whether the government has the legal authority to ban on transactions in favor of offshore operators and do not contradict the Payment Services transactions lock the European Union Directive.

 The court ruled that the lock is not contrary to European law. The decision is based on the fact that countries – EU member states are allowed to apply national law in situations which may affect the functioning of the common payment market.

 In addition, the decision of the court department was empowered to block unauthorized payment services.

 The second hearing will be made a judgment as to whether the measure is proportionate, and the most appropriate for the job market. Thus, despite the current success of the government, the EGBA and Entercash can still defend their interests and to win overall.

 EGBA and Entercash filed a lawsuit against the Ministry in June this year. The situation for the companies was compounded by the fact that the authorities have stepped up efforts to block transactions between banking institutions in Norway and offshore gambling operators. Measure was part of a wider government plan to combat illegal gambling operators. Authorities are acting in the interest of preserving monopoly position of the state – operator Norsk Tipping.

 Recall that blocking gambling advertising in Norway can significantly reduce the revenues of telecommunication companies.

 See also: Gambling in Norway: the inside story

 See also: Control of gambling in the EU (Part 2)

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