Spanish Gambling Policy Council’s Sectoral Commission submitted an agreement containing the conditions for the country’s local gambling self-exclusion registers. The agreement was submitted to the Plenary Council in a step to integrate its self-exclusion registers.
In a move that will see Spain enter the next step of integrating its self-exclusion registers, Spain’s Plenary Council received an agreement containing the conditions for Spain’s gambling self-exclusion directories. The agreement was submitted by the Spanish Gambling Policy Council’s Sectoral Commission. Currently, these directories are held separately in the independent communities.
These communities (17) later agreed to take part in the creation of an integrated self-exclusion directory that will cover both land-based and online gambling activities.
The plan to have such as a registry first came into the limelight in September 2020 during a national Gambling Policy Council meeting led by Alberto Garzón, the Consumer Affairs Minister. Most of the attendants supported the idea but Valencian and Basque Country provinces stayed away from participation. Catalonia, on the other hand, voted against the idea.
The Ministry of Consumer Affairs in January stated that he had two priorities. One of the priorities was to ensure consumers get enhanced protection within the gambling sector. The other priority was to have a self-exclusion register.
Furthermore, the Ministry outlined two additional regulator projec`ts. These are the regulatory foundations that will guide how subsidies will be granted to conduct research on problem gambling matters. The other project is the drafting of the royal decree that seeks to create safe gambling environments.
After approval of the proposal to integrate the self-exclusion databases, local authorities tasked with regulating the gambling sector will move to implement the regulatory changes as well as technological developments required to facilitate the integration. This includes transferring customer’s data from the local directories to the RGIAJ (General Self-Exclusion Register). The latter will be under the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ).
January 2020 saw the number of volunteer registrations of consumers excluding from gambling online. According to the national register, this was more compared to 2019.
Spanish gambling watchdog stated that 56,329 customers registered for self-exclusion in 2020. This was a 12% increase from the numbers recorded in 2019 (6,042). This proves that self-exclusion is on the rise.
The highest number of total exclusion registrations came from Andalusia, accounting for 24.5%. This doesn’t come as a surprise though since it’s highly populated, more than other regions. The figure represented a 7.1% jump from 2019. Madrid accounted for 17% of people that registered for self-exclusion, representing a 13.1% increase compared to 2019.
Having said that, The Balearic Islands ranked first in terms of percentage growth in the number of people who registered for exclusion. Compared to 2019, this autonomous community registered a 56% jump in the self-exclusion entries.