Spanish gambling operators have indicated that they will support the planned reforms to the sector announced by the new government last month.
The leading gambling trade body in Spain, Cejuego, has officially stated that they will offer their backing to the measures, which they described as ‘drastic’. The proposals were announced by the new coalition government, which has been formed by the PSOE and Podemos parties, at the end of a period of several months of political turbulence in the country.
The measures are likely to include a scheme for in-depth monitoring of all gambling activity in both land based and online sectors in the country. The Spanish gambling industry is now awaiting further information on the plans, which will be official launched in the coalition’s policy programme.
But in the interim, Cejuego, which includes well known operators such as R.Franco, Codere, Grupo Orenes and Cirsa has decided to offer support for the chances. In comments in the national media, the President of Cejuego, Alejandro Landaluce, said that the reforms included measures that the industry had been asking for over many years. He backed plans to tighten up the rules around gambling advertising and gave qualified support for the proposed shift in responsibility for regulation of the industry to the Department of Consumer Affairs.
The new PSOE-Podemos government has already announced that Alberto Garzon, the deputy of Podemos, will be taking over as Minister at the Consumer Affairs Department.
The Spanish gambling industry has been proactive in attempting to offer reassurances to political and other stakeholders who are concerned about the social effects of gambling. Last November, operators in the Spanish betting sector signed up to a new voluntary code of conduct that was designed to set up new standards for advertising and marketing and reduce the volume of gambling advertising.