The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has expressed incredulity in the new gambling rules set up by the Spanish government. The body stated that although it welcomes efforts by the Spanish government to protect consumers, it thinks the measures would cause unlicensed operators to mushroom in different parts of the country.
Last December, the Spanish government laid out a complete guide for this year, which included an imperative control of gambling activities to curb and prevent the activity.
This regulation is made up of 6 specifications, and among them is working with different regions to curb the opening of gambling establishments before 10 pm. The new working order will also prevent gambling establishments from being set up close to learning institutions.
The Spanish government plans to feature a regulation that will stop the advertising of gambling activities at the state level the same way it stopped advertising of tobacco products. Since the year 2005, tobacco products can only be advertised at the point of sale and only in non-EU publications for non-EU citizens.
The EGBA is sceptical about the government’s action stating that there is no research that links problem gambling to volume advertising. The body added that advertising should be allowed and should be used as a means of product channelization as well as to educate people about the importance of responsible gambling.