Internet gambling may become illegal - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A parliamentary majority now supports the idea of forbidding Norwegian citizens from participating in gambling operations based on foreign-based web sites.Politicians have long believed that such a ban would be inconsistent with Norway's economic agreement with the European Union but a new verdict from the Supreme Court in the Netherlands makes it easier to ban cross-border gambling, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports.

 "This is good news for us. All signals from the EU show that this should be a national matter. And if so, the Storting (Norway's parliament) has already passed the necessary measures so it is just a question of execution," said Minister of Culture Valgerd Svarstad Haugland.Critics of the legislation question the wisdom of regulation that will probably prove impossible to enforce.

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