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EGBA – Spanish Decree’s ‘lottery favours’ conflict with EU laws  

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has reiterated its warning to Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry that Royal Decree advertising restrictions are in conflict on EU competition policies.  Spain’s autonomous governments have been instructed to implement the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’ mandate, imposing a ‘near-complete ban on gambling advertising’. The Decree’s headline requirement will see all gambling-related advertising restricted to …

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Alberto Garzon: October marks a new era for Spanish gambling beyond sponsorship restrictions

La Liga football clubs have been placed in direct conflict with Spain’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs having renewed their betting sponsorships and partnerships ahead of the imminent enforcement of Spain’s federal Royal Decree on Advertising. This weekend, as La Liga commenced its 2020/2021 season, Alberto Garzon – Spain’s Minister of Consumer Affairs -lambasted football clubs for purposely undermining the Decree’s …

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Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’

Facing key regulatory showdowns across the European markets of Spain, Sweden, Germany and the UK, Martin Lycka GVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs tells industry leadership to buckle down for the stresses of a working summer…  _____________ COVID-19 has upended everything. Even the regulatory silly season is now at risk of being cancelled; that eagerly awaited period of slow news …

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Spain launches new action plan on sports integrity

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CONFAD, Spain’s ‘national commission’ for combatting sports manipulation and fraud has published its action plan for 2020/2021, outlining 21 directives to safeguard the integrity of Spanish sports. The action plan overseen by Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry, as the government department of Spain’s betting industry seeks to bolster four core areas protecting all levels of Spanish sports; ‘analysis and diagnostics’, ‘awareness …

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Mikel Arana, DGOJ: Spain ends its conflict of interest between football and bookmakers

Mikel Arana, the new Director-General of Spain’s DGOJ, has defended the government for revising the mandate of the approved ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’, which adds further market restrictions and controls on gambling. Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Diario, Arana held his first interview since taking leadership of the DGOJ after replacing long-term incumbent Juan Espinosa as Director-General on 5 May. Last week, …

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BetConstruct enhances R. Franco Digital alliance

BetConstruct has agreed an ongoing strategic partnership with R. Franco Digital which will see the two integrate their products into mutual business areas across their global operations. As part of the deal, BetConstruct will gain access to R. Franco Digital’s full gaming catalogue, which consists of over 30 titles, as well as the Spanish supplier’s products and services. This will …

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La Liga returns with bookmaker blackout 

La Liga football clubs will be forced to remove all betting related sponsorships and in-stadia promotional materials in accordance with the government’s COVID-19 ‘Social Shield’ decree emergency response.  The top flight of Spanish football will return on Thursday 12 June with the Seville derby (Sevilla FC vs Real Betis) restarting La Liga’s postponed schedule after an 11-week hiatus.  Despite easing …

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Dafabet accelerates Spanish drive with R. Franco Digital 

Dafabet has confirmed that it will expand its Spanish market presence, supported by R. Franco Digital as its lead platform provider.    Updating the market, Dafabet announced that it has transferred its sportsbook and further technology provisions onto R. Franco’s ‘IRIS’ open architecture system, allowing for a better configuration with Spanish market requirements. An established brand within the UK and Asian …

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DGOJ adds venue requirements to Spain’s lockdown easing

Spain’s DGOJ has issued new guidance related to gambling venues reopening their business premises. Since mid-May, Spain’s federal council has enabled provincial governments to gradually ease lockdown restrictions, allowing retail and leisure businesses to reopen on the condition that they obey strict social distancing orders.  Having reviewed the government’s ‘phase 2’ arrangements, the DGOJ has now published new guidance adding …

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Spanish government removes Espinosa from DGOJ leadership

To the surprise of Spanish gambling incumbents, the publishing of Tuesday ministerial gazette announced the appointment of Mikel Arana as new Director-General of the DGOJ – Spain’s gambling regulatory authority. The announcement sees current Director-General Juan Espinosa end his eight-year executive tenure working for the DGOJ, in which he has led the agency for the past three years. His replacement …

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