The 17 autonomous communities of Spain have decided to create a cooperative framework for managing and sharing data on their unique gambling self-exclusion networks.
A meeting of Spain’s ‘Gambling Policy Council,’ convened by DGOJ Secretary-General Mikel Arana, agreed on the foundations of a cooperative framework.
To date, the RGIAJ registry system has been used by the majority of Spain’s autonomous communities to maintain their player gambling self-exclusion databases.
The RGIAJ system, which has been in operation since 2015, was created to send player self-exclusion data to autonomous community public health networks, giving the DGOJ limited control over the measurement of Spain’s problem gambling diseases.
The launch of two projects
The regional governments’ agreement will allow Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry to launch two new projects to help the government’s ongoing reform of the country’s federal gaming regulations.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs is anticipated to release its new Royal Decree on the creation of new “safer gaming settings” for retail and online gambling firms.
The Consumer Affairs Ministry will also provide more responsibility for the provision of subsidies “to carry out research activities connected to the prevention of gambling disorders” as the government’s federal agency on gaming laws.
The autonomous towns of Ceuta and Melilla have backed the reform of the RGIAJ register, as the Spanish online gambling centres introduce a “common mechanism” for player self-exclusion that all licensees must follow.
As a result, the DGOJ has maintained its focus on harmonising Spain’s disparate gambling regulations by encouraging collaboration among autonomous communities.
In 2021, the DGOJ established a “new technical unit” with the UNE to create and implement uniform gaming rules and policies throughout Spain’s varied populations.