Jdigital’s appeal against gambling amendments accepted by Supreme Court
Jdigital, the Spanish online gambling trade association, has announced that its appeal against the gambling amendments of the ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’ has officially been accepted by the Spanish Supreme Court. Jdigital, representing the interest of Spain’s licensed online gambling occupants, takes its already-existing disagreement with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to Spain’s highest-ranking law court.
The trade association has said that the decree will inflict disproportionate blanket measures that will leave ‘gambling consumers defenceless and unprotected’, if advertising restrictions are federally enforced all over the country. Jdigital repeats its earlier market warning that advertising of licensed online gambling operators has been the only measure given by existing gambling laws to defend the regulated market against black market threats.
“The recently approved regulation at the request of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is inconsistent with the reality of the online gambling sector in Spain,” Jdigital declared in its statement. “Clearly disproportionate, the Decree will not only be ineffective in solving the problems that the coalition government parties have been denouncing, without data, for years but will most likely aggravate them, contributing to a growth of the illegal market not subject to supervision.”
In the appeal, Jdigital says that it shares the reciprocated ambitions of initiating an ‘effective regulatory framework for gambling advertising across Spain’.
Before the Decree got sanctioned by the Spanish government, Jdigital and its members (who represent 80% of Spain’s online gambling market) had agreed to obey a new code of responsibilities, majorly reducing advertising exposure across all means.
Jdigital has repeatedly said that the terms of its advertising resolution would not only protect Spain’s regulated market but reinforce the supervisory capacity of the General Directorate of Gambling (DGOJ). Spain’s Supreme Court will now be juggling two different appeals against the Royal Decree on Advertising, seeing as just last week Spanish media and broadcast trade union AMI discussed the Decree’s ‘discriminatory timetable’.
Submitting its appeal, the AMI claimed that Spain’s traditional broadcasters (TV, radio and press) had been ‘economically hindered’ by the Decree’s timetable implemented by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
Forced to keep up with Decree measures from 1 May, Spain’s traditional broadcasters would be refused a main advertising period featuring the UEFA Euro 2021 Championships and the Tokyo Olympics. The AMI saw the enforcement as being discriminatory, as the Ministry of Consumer Affairs had allowed digital media incumbents until the 1st of August to abide by its brand new federal laws.
Ratified last November, the federal enforcement of the Royal Decree on Advertising was delayed, since the government ordered the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to give a ‘grace period’ for football clubs and media owners carrying out existing contracts.