A Swedish parliamentary committee has criticised claims made by Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi about a rise in online gambling at the start of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
The claims and their sources were assessed by the Riksdag’s Constitutional Committee (Konstitutionsutskottet/KU) in its annual review of the Swedish government’s performance.
Shekarabi made the claims at a press conference on 23 April 2020, which was held to address temporary measures, claimed to better protect players, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The regulations included an SEK5,000 (£428/€476/$540) deposit limit that was originally intended to cover all products, before being limited to online casino – as well as limits on playing time and bonus restrictions.
The deposit was introduced ostensibly to protect consumers during the Covid-19 lockdowns, and were originally in place until the end of 2020. However, the deadline has been extended multiple times, most recently until November 2..