Tag Archives: Abid Raja

Norwegian government moves forward with overseas gambling block

The Norwegian Government has progressed with its plans to block overseas betting and gaming operators, according to local outlet Norway Today. Norway’s Minister of Culture and Equality, Abid Raja, is reportedly targeting a number of overseas  firms, including Betsson and Unibet, arguing that the online activities of these companies should be prohibited.  “These companies do what they can to circumvent …

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Lottstift demands Betsson BLM terminate all Norwegian marketing activities

Lottstift has issued a stern warning to BLM Group, the Malta-based marketing subsidiary of Betsson AB, ordering the company to terminate all activities targeting Norwegian consumers.  Norway’s gambling regulator has cited multiple instances of BLM Group infringing Norway’s advertising codes to promote the brands of Betsson, Betsafe, NordicBet, CasinoEuro and Norgesautomaten. Norwegian laws prohibit any marketing of online gambling services, …

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Norway targets unlicensed ‘foreign gambling companies’ with new legislation

Norway’s Ministry of Culture has introduced a new Gambling Law, implementing tighter restrictions on unlicensed international betting companies operating in the country, as well as their affiliates. Proposed by the government on 18 June and described as a ‘milestone’ by Abid Raja, Norweigan Minister of Culture and Gender Equality, the new bill aims to merge the nation’s fragmented gambling frameworks. …

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Norwegian regulator supports ‘holistic regulation’ to maintain player protections

Lotteritilsynet, Norway’s gambling regulator, has reaffirmed its belief that proposals for a new common gambling law will facilitate ‘a more holistic regulation of the Norwegian gambling market’. Responding to the Ministry of Culture’s consultation on regulatory reform of the gambling industry, Lotteritilsynet stated that a reform is needed which ‘will ensure responsible gambling’. Earlier this year, Abid Raja, Norway’s Minister …

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Norway’s Ministry of Culture seeks to end gambling’s triple guardianship 


Norway’s Ministry of Culture has confirmed its support for a consultation to consolidate the nation’s gambling laws into a single legislative framework.  Endorsed by Culture Minister Abid Raja, the consultation will form the basis for a new bill to merge Norway’s three existing gambling mandates – ‘1992 Gambling Act’, ‘1995 Lottery Act’ and ‘1927 Totalisator Act’. Forwarding the proposal to …

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Equine intervention maintains Rikstoto independence

Norway’s government has confirmed that state-owned racing operator Rikstoto will continue to function as an independent entity.   Last November, the Norwegian government ordered the Ministry of Culture to undertake a review of state-owned gambling assets, assessing whether its larger Norsk Tipping lottery and wagering franchise should absorb Rikstoto services. The Ministry’s review further evaluated whether Rikstoto’s state racing monopoly and …

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