Spanish Supreme Court Approve AMI Challenge of Royal Decree’s ‘discriminatory timetable’

An appeal lodged by the Spanish media trade union ‘Asociación de Medios de Información’ (AMI) challenging the changes to the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’ by the Spanish Consumer Affairs Ministry has been approved by the Supreme Court of Spain.

Review of Consumer Affairs orders

The AMI, published in the government gazette on Thursday, urged the Supreme Tribunal, the highest-ranking judicial body in Spain, to review orders on consumer affairs that the trade union claims are discriminatory.

Blanket ban on gambling advertising

The appeal notes that traditional Spanish media owners have been unfairly penalised because they would be forced to comply with the government’s 1 May blanket ban on gambling advertisements.

While, on the other hand, digital media owners will be granted until 1 August to comply with new federal directives from Spanish ads.

Consumer Affairs compliance timetable

AMI claims that the Consumer Affairs compliance timetable, which will see businesses missing out on key sports programming linked to the UEFA Euro 2021 Championships and the Tokyo Olympics, has economically hampered Spanish radio, TV and press officials.

Last November, the government approved the Royal Decree on Ads as a federal order imposing Spain’s new advertising code.

Amendment of decree

The Consumer Affairs Ministry amended the decree to include ‘grace periods’ following protests from Spanish media and football clubs, enabling companies to plan for new conditions banning gambling ads in the conventional media of Spain during a’ 1-5 am window.’

The trade body reported that all 85 of its members endorsed the appeal, accepting that the Ministry of Consumer Affairs limited a ‘critical window of advertising earnings’’ during 2021.