Gambling operators in the Spanish market are facing more upheaval after the industry’s regulator, the DGOJ made a new announcement.
The regulator have outline what they describe as a new ‘collaborative accord’ which they say willn establish a ‘new technical body’ that will be charged with harmonising Spain’s existing federal gambling laws, standards and market controls.
DGOJ are set to work with ‘UNE’, a ‘standardisation body’ that has been formed by the Ministry of the Economy with the intention of enforcing EU competition standards across all of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. The partnership between UNE and the DGOJ will involve the creation of a new agency that will have the challenge of introducing standardisation across the online gambling market in the country, with the aim of boosting the function of the Spanish regulated market and improving consistency over the way that they are regulated.
UNE will take the role of steering the body and deciding how it will form its frameworks with regards to the monitoring of unified industry standards, gathering feedback from across the autonomous regions. It will also lead on expert accreditation in areas of technical issues.
The partnership has been given the approval by the Spanish Consumer Affairs Ministry as the lead regulatory department which has oversight of Spanish gambling laws as well as the market controls of the DGOJ. The Ministry has stated that the DGOJ needed more resources to ensure that effective monitoring of technical standards required for online games of chance and operating systems functioned properly within Spain’s regulated marketplace.
In addition, the Ministry said that the harmonisation of standards would also benefit Spain’s public administrations, health services and consumers as stakeholders who have a say in the operation of Spain’s gambling laws. Once established, the new technical body is expected to represent Spain at EU-level meetings discussing how Spain is developing its new range of online gambling laws.
2021 is set to see plenty of change in the Spanish market. Gambling operators are waiting to see what is in the long awaited Stage 2 of the country’s gambling reforms, published by the Consumer Ministry. It is understood that these could include the creation of a federal self-exclusion scheme, along with an online gambling player registry and laws to standardise land-based gambling venue regulation in all autonomous communities.