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The Norwegian gaming machine monopoly before the EFTA Court

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) brings the Norwegian gaming machine monopoly before the EFTA Court.

25/11/2005 ::
Due to the important questions of EEA law the introduction of the Norwegian gaming machine monopoly raises, the EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to bring the issue to the EFTA Court for an assessment. It is the Authority’s view that the monopoly is a restriction on the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services.

The Authority has previously expressed its position in a reasoned opinion, which the Norwegian Government did not comply with. In parallell with the ESA’s proceedings, the issue of the legality of the monopoly has been pending before the Norwegian courts. The case is now with the Supreme Court, which has decided not to request an advisory opinion from the EFTA Court.

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