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Internal Market: Norway receives warning about its lottery authorisation procedure

22.1.2014

PR(14)01

The authorisation procedure for private operators to set up a lottery in Norway is not in line with EEA law, the EFTA Surveillance Authority warns.

In a letter of formal notice delivered to Norway today, the Authority states that the conditions set by Norwegian authorities to obtain an authorisation to launch a lottery amount to a restriction to the freedom to provide services and the freedom of establishment.

The Authority does not challenge the requirement of a prior authorisation, but takes the view that the procedure must be conducted in accordance with EEA law requirements and relevant case law.

There may be good reasons for limiting the types of lotteries allowed in Norway, however, any procedure for issuing lottery licences must be designed to ensure transparency and legal certainty as well as to avoid conflict of interests. 

A letter of formal notice is the first step in an infringement procedure against an EEA State. The Norwegian Government has two months to express its views on the content of the letter. After that, the EFTA Surveillance Authority may decide to deliver a reasoned opinion, which is the final step before the Authority can choose to refer the case to the EFTA Court.

 

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For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187




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