Spanish Gambling Firms Seek Parity

The Spanish gambling sector has called for parity between all gambling operations under the new regulatory framework being proposed by the coalition government.

 

The trade association Cejuego has said that regulatory equivalence should apply to all sectors of the gambling industry. In a letter to member firms, the President of Cejuego, Alejandro Landaluce, said that they supported the proposed amendments to the current framework, which are set to include a drastic reduction in the ability of gambling firms to advertise.

 

But he also said that the new standards on gambling advertising should also include the marketing of two lottery operators; the Loteria Nacional, which is state-owned and the lottery games promoted by ONCE, a Spanish charity focusing on disabilities.

 

Cejuego’s letter comes after an announcement from Alberto Garzon, the new Spanish Consumer Affairs Minister that they would recommending a four-hour advertising window each day for gambling services, which is set to run from 01:00 to 05:00.

 

In their letter, Cejuego urge the new Spanish government to develop a consistent approach for all licensed operators including the proposed advertising limits, and to ensure that all of the gambling operators in the Spanish sector are required to adhere to it.

 

Garzon has announced that the after-hours advertising restriction would become part of the government’s much-trailed Royal Decree addressing advertising, which is set to drastically overhaul Spain’s existing federal codes that cover the marketing of gambling services.

 

Cejuego and their online counterpart Jdigital were both present at a high-profile meeting with Garzon, to discuss the complexities involved in regulating gambling in all of the nation’s autonomous communities. At that meeting, Landaluce said that land-based operators supported much of the department’s efforts to reduce social harms and to boost consumer protections. Cejuego also reportedly committed to eliminate all under-age access to land-based gambling venues.

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