Finnish government committee: No grounds for protecting Veikkaus monopoly Marese O'Hagan, iGaming Business · December 2, 2021 at 6:36 pm Finland’s Constitutional Committee has said there is no justification for protecting Veikkaus’ monopoly through a payment blocking amendment to its Lotteries Act. The bill, which was filed in September, contains proposed amendments to Finland’s Lotteries Act, including a stipulation to block payments from operators, other than Veikkaus, who advertise directly in the Finnish market. As the monopoly holder state-owned Veikkaus is the sole company licensed to offer gambling in the country. If passed, payments service providers will be required to block payments to and from operators from 1 January 2023. However, the committee took significant issue with this tenet of legislation.