EGBA stated, "The belief that a monopoly model is essential for safer gambling does not align with the current European trend. Nearly every other European country has implemented some form of licensing system, successfully prioritising player safety within a regulatory framework that provides clear rules for companies to follow."
In Norway, there has been a growing demand for alternatives to the existing gambling monopoly. Players have actively sought out international websites that offer a wider range of options, indicating a clear need for change. EGBA argues that introducing a licensing system could address this demand while also increasing tax revenue and enhancing safer gambling measures through increased regulation of operators within the country.
Several neighboring countries, such as Sweden and Finland, have already transitioned from a monopoly system to a licensing model, recognizing the benefits it brings. Norway remains the only country in mainland Europe committed to an exclusive gambling monopoly. EGBA urges Norwegian authorities to evaluate whether this approach remains relevant in the digital age and in comparison to the practices of other European countries.
Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, concluded, "We strongly urge the Norwegian authorities to consider the advantages of a licensing model, which can effectively meet the evolving needs of its players and foster a more comprehensive approach to gambling regulation that prioritises player safety." The statement reflects a broader shift in the European gambling industry towards more inclusive and regulated models that ensure player protection.