Spanish Lawmakers Put Gambling Advertising Restrictions On The Table

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Oct 19, 2018

Proposals similar to existing tobacco law

Spanish lawmakers have reportedly approved a measure within the 2019 National Budget that will severely restrict, if not ban outright, gambling advertising.

Spain’s Prime Minister, socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez, and Pablo Iglesias, secretary-general of the leftwing Spanish political party Podemos, agreed and signed off the 2019 budget document late last week which reportedly includes proposals on restricting gambling advertising to the same level as existing advertising restrictions on tobacco.

Tobacco advertising is banned across most forms of direct and indirect advertising in the country.

The measure still has some way to go, requiring backing from Catalan separatist parties and negotiation with European Union parties due to a proposed increase in spending.

Stringent regulations will prove a blow to the media industry in which it is reported gambling operators spent Euro 143 million in 2017.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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