Tag Archives: Pedro Sanchez

Spain suspends lottery ticket sales during COVID-19 lockdown

Spanish state-owned lottery operator Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) has issued a country-wide suspension on the sale of tickets across all points of sale and online. The suspension comes after Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said he was imposing drastic measures to fight the coronavirus, including a national lockdown. As of Sunday, the sale of all tickets …

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Cejuego backs Spanish coalition’s gambling agenda

The governance of Spanish gambling trade association Cejuego has said that it will back the ‘drastic measures’ enforced by Spain’s newly formed PSOE-Podemos coalition government on licensed incumbents. The trade body, which counts Spanish heritage gambling firms Codere, Cirsa, Grupo Orenes and R. Franco amongst its members, has underlined its support for PSOE-Podemos signing off on a long-awaited Royal Decree implementing …

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Sanchez catches a break as Spanish gambling awaits its final judgement

Spain has broken its 10-month political deadlock after acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez secured a narrow vote of confidence, allowing the embattled PSOE party to form a ‘socialist coalition’ with minority partner Podemos. Hosting Spain’s second parliamentary vote in four days, yesterday Sanchez squeaked the minimum 167 votes (165 against) needed to form a new government, as Basque MPs joined …

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Inbound Spanish Coalition appoints Alberto Garzon as gambling supervisor

Despite failing to secure a parliamentary majority, the agreed ‘socialist coalition’ of PSOE and Podemos (minority partner) have confirmed that Alberto Garzon Espinosa will be appointed as Minister of Consumer Affairs to oversee Spain’s gambling regulatory development. On Sunday, Spain’s parliamentary vote saw PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez fail once more in his attempt to secure a governing majority despite Catalan …

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Spanish coalition pact outlines gambling reform as a ‘concrete directive’

Spanish news sources report that gambling incumbents are set to be hit with further restrictions and reforms as the PSOE minority government agrees to a ‘governing pact’, forming a socialist coalition with minority partner Podemos. This weekend, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (PSOE) negotiated coalition terms with Podemos counterpart Pablo Iglesias, seeking to break through a political impasse which saw Spain …

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William Hill takes on ‘Segunda gamble’ amid imminent Spanish shake-up

William Hill Plc will significantly expand its Spanish market coverage and profile, as Spanish news reports that the FTSE bookmaker will sponsor seven La Liga 2 (Segunda) football clubs. This weekend, the management of UD Las Palmas and UD Almeria revealed that they had reached an agreement with the UK betting group becoming their lead betting partner for the upcoming …

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No way back! Spain heads for an inevitable gambling reform

Regardless of the outcome of Spain’s General Election this Saturday 28 April, the ensuing government in whatever shape or form will be tasked with reforming the nation’s advertising and gambling codes. The week of Good Friday, Spanish news sources reported that the minority PSOE government had agreed to Podemos party demands on restricting gambling services and betting advertising. Campaigning in …

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Podemos sounds Spanish warning signal for betting leadership

Industry leadership will be monitoring the results of the Spanish General Election on Saturday 28 April closely, which could lead to severe ramifications for betting incumbents. Last February, the Spanish Parliament rejected Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s PSOE minority government budget, forcing the PM to call for a snap election – Spain’s third in the past four years. Spanish media indicates …

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Spain’s 2019 budget seeks to implement tough betting advertising code

Spanish news sources report that the upcoming 2019 budget will likely carry severe advertising restrictions for licensed gambling/betting incumbents, as the PSOE minority government seeks to revamp Spain’s advertising code. Last week, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (PSOE – Socialist Workers Party) struck a budget proposal deal with socialist Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias. Branded as Spain’s ‘socially progressive budget’, PSOE …

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