The Finland Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy has outlined new measures to strengthen the country’s gambling monopoly. The Cabinet Committee will set up a digital monitoring group which will analyse methods to prevent operations that violate the Finnish Lotteries Act. The Cabinet Committee also examined the possibility of tackling illegal marketing through the criteria set of for radio and television licences, which are granted by the government.
At this stage, financial transfers will not be proposed as a primary instrument and alternative means will be assessed in cooperation with gambling operators and authorities. Proposals for the prevention of illegal gambling activities should be prepared by the end of 2014. According to the Committee, the policies are based on the European Commission’s decision not to take action in regards to the legality of Finland’s gambling monopoly. Last November, the Commission halted infringement proceedings against Finland over concerns of the cross-border provision and marketing of sports betting services. The Finnish Lotteries Act was subsequently amended twice and a statutory gambling market was established. The Commission eventually ruled that the revised law corresponds to the requirements set for a gambling monopoly in an EU member state.