Cejuego doesn’t support the total ban on gambling advertising in Spain but called for the enforcement of new regulations.
Spain.- The authorities are debating proper regulation for advertising in Spain. Meanwhile, the Gaming Enterprise Council (Cejuego) voiced some support for the measure. However, they argue it’s not necessary to ban it completely.
Cejuego director Alejando Landaluce claims the need to “restrict gambling advertising a lot” is necessary. He called for the authorities for more control, including modifications for advertising broadcasting times. He wants the margin for gambling ads to be banned from TV to be expanded.
“We’ve been calling for a gambling advertising regulation in Spain since legislation came out. In fact, we’re asking for the Decree to be enforced,” he added. Either way, he doesn’t believe a complete gambling advertising ban should be set.
Gambling advertising in Spain
Healthcare professionals voiced their disagreement with the industry during a debate event. It was organised in the Government’s Delegation for the National Plan against Drugs.
“Gambling advertising in Spain is the key element to explain online gambling success. Since there’s no legal framework behind it, self-regulation barely works. We’re asking that ads exclude celebrities and to remove discounts for new players. Furthermore, to prevent the underage from accessing the segment,” advisor for the Communication Users Association (AUC) Alejandro Perales asked.
He also commented: “Regulation for ads and minors protection is not enough.”
Furthermore, Dr María José Solé, problem gambling expert, stated: “Problem gambling rates are growing alarmingly among the underage. There is up to 20% of involvement in online gaming.”