The DGOJ of Spain has signed a new “collaborative accord” to establish a “new technical body” tasked with harmonising the federal gaming rules, standards and market controls of Spain.
The Spanish gambling regulatory agency will work with ‘UNE’, the ‘standardisation body’ established by the Ministry of the Economy, to comply with EU competition standards across the 17 autonomous regions of Spain.
The alliance will establish a new agency tasked with enforcing standardised online gambling acts aimed at enhancing the operation of Spain’s regulated marketplace and the governance of its licenced incumbents.
UNE will spearhead the body’s mechanisms for tracking unified standards, obtaining input from autonomous regions, and ‘accrediting experts’ with regard to technical issues.
As the lead regulatory agency that regulates Spanish gambling laws and the DGOJ’s market controls, the relationship has been approved by Spain.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs reported that the DGOJ needed deeper resources to ensure that technological standards required for games of chance and operating systems operating within the controlled marketplace in Spain were effectively monitored.
Furthermore, the department claimed that the harmonisation of standards would support Spain’s public administrations, health services and customers as stakeholders entwined in the make-up of Spain’s gambling laws.
When set up, Spain will be covered at EU-level meetings by the new technical body with regard to how the Member State is developing the new online gaming laws and standards.
2021 sees Spanish gambling incumbents awaiting the publication by the Consumer Affairs Ministry of the government’s ‘step 2’ of federal gambling reforms.
The ministry’s desired goals include the establishment of a federal self-exclusion regime, a register of online gambling players and uniform land-based gambling venue laws in all autonomous communities.