Sweden’s Minister of Public Administration, Ardalan Shekarabi,
is said to be considering accelerating his project to introduce new gaming
legislation in the country, in a move that could lead to a change in online
gambling regulations by 2018.
In October last year, Shekarabi announced the government’s
intention to move forward with an effort to establish a licensing system that
can be implemented in the country.
Shekarabi had aimed to pass new gaming regulations before
the country’s next general election in September 2018, with the process due to
begin this autumn with an inquiry into changes to the law.
The revelation came after the European Commission in October
2014 referred the country to the European Court of Justice over claims
that Sweden’s current online gaming monopoly is “imposing restrictions on the
organisation and promotion of online betting services in a way which is
inconsistent with EU law”.
However, hopes for new regulation in Sweden were hit in
February of this year after Shekarabi said that changes to the regulated
Swedish gaming environment were not on the country’s current agenda.
Despite Shekarabi’s statement, Gustaf Hoffstedt, secretary
general of the Swedish Association of Online Gambling Operators, told the
Global Betting and Gaming Consultants website that the country may step up its
effort liberalise its current gaming laws in the coming weeks.
Hoffstedt criticised the country’s gambling legislation for
being “disconnected from the realities and demands of the market” and
emphasised the need for change in regulations.