Spain’s Responsible Gambling Forum Attracts Hundreds
Spain has seen its first responsible gambling forum organised by the government tackling issues such as protection of children, protection of gamblers’ rights as well as addiction prevention and treatment among others.
The forum was attended by more than 200 people and was led by Miguel Ferre, the State Secretary of Finance and Huan Manuel Moreno, Secretary of Social Services and Equality.
Both Ferre and Moreo stressed the importance of solidifying the ties between governmental agencies and representatives of the gambling market. Ferre believes that “responsible gaming is certainly a task for all, regulators and operators in the sector and the rest of society”.
Statistics show that the issue of gambling in Spain is very much topical as there are more than a million registered online players in Spain whose total spending reached €1.36 just in the last quarter of 2012, a 24% increase compared to Q3. Figures for Q4 of 2012 came as a much needed antidote to the disappointing numbers of Q3.
The Spanish government earlier introduced a 25% tax on online gambling providers and limited stakes at €10 resulting in one of the most regulated European gambling markets.