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Ceuta&Melilla: requirements for reduced gambling tax rates

Authors: Alberto Lobato & Elisa Lorenzo  With the aim to promote gambling companies to be based in the Spanish Territory – particularly in the territories of Ceuta and Melilla-, the Spanish Government introduced an amendment to the Spanish Gambling Law (Law 13/2011 on gambling activities) in 2018 establishing a 50 percent reduction in the applicable gambling tax rates (except for Sport Betting organized at a State level) for operators with tax residence and actually established …

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Spain: No more betting on events participated by minors

The protection of minors has always been one of the main concerns of the Spanish online gambling regulator (the “Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego” or “DGOJ“). In this respect, the DGOJ has just approved a resolution prohibiting the possibility to offer bets on games participated – mainly or exclusively – by minors. This resolution – which has been published on the Spanish Official Gazette and enters into force today (July 23, 2019)- has been approved after giving interested parties the possibility to file comments to the draft resolution published on June this year.

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Spain: New guidelines for the prevention of fraud

Authors: Elisa Lorenzo/Paula González de Castejón The Spanish gambling regulator (the General Directorate for Gambling Affairs or “DGOJ”) has recently published a document containing technical guidelines on the prevention, detection and management of fraud on online gambling activities. The Spanish version is available in the following link. These guidelines are aimed at ensuring that all online gambling operators licensed in Spain count with an adequate policy for the prevention, analysis and management of fraud activities …

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Spain: Two months left to apply for online gambling licenses

  Authors: Elisa Lorenzo / Paula Gonzalez de Castejón   As announced in our previous entry in this blog, on December 2017 a resolution launching the call for tender for obtaining new general licenses for exploiting gambling activities in Spain was published on the Spanish Official Gazette. This means that the Spanish online gambling market opened to new entrants. Nonetheless, the Spanish market will close shortly, as the deadline for submitting the corresponding applications will be 17 December …

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Spain: International liquidity for Poker finally approved

On 29 December 2017, the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling Activities (Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego – the “DGOJ”) announced on its website the signature by the General Director of the DGOJ of the Resolution by which the liquidity sharing between licensed online poker operators is authorised (the “Resolution”). Today, 15 January 2018, the Resolution has been published in the Spanish Official Gazette and, consequently, from now on gambling operators with a …

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SPAIN: Re-opening of the market

On Saturday it has been published in the Spanish Official Gazette the resolution launching the call for tender for obtaining new general licenses for exploiting gambling activities in Spain. Singular and general licenses can be applied simultaneously. As anticipated in a previous blog entry, this means that within the next one (1) year, interested parties can apply for obtaining new general licenses. Consequently, the deadline for submitting the corresponding applications will be 17 December 2018. …

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Spain: new developments on gambling advertisement

Following the announcement of the publication of the draft Royal Decree regulating gambling advertising activities, we hereby highlight some of the main developments therein included: 1) Commercial communications related to bingo may be offered outside the allocated slot times established in Law 7/2010 of General Audiovisual Communications provided that (i) such commercial communications exclusively refer to bingo, (ii) the website’ URL published in the commercial communications exclusively has information related to bingo, and (iii) the …

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Spain: New draft Royal Decree on gambling advertising

The DGOJ has just published a new draft version of the Royal Decree regulating gambling advertisement activities. Two years ago another draft was published but it was finally not passed due to certain changes on the Spanish authorities. This new preliminary draft, even though is still subject to the public consultation stage, aims to ensure an adequate level of protection for gambling consumers, both in advertising and in gambling practices, as well as for other …

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Announcement of re-opening of the Spanish online gambling market

As anticipated in a previous blog entrance dated on 12 September, the DGOJ has just published in its website the draft call for tender. As a main difference from previous call for tenders, is seems that the time frame for operators to file their licenses applications will be of one (1) year from the publication of the call for tender in the Official Gazette (it has not been published yet) instead of one (1) month. …

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Possible re-opening of the Spanish online gambling market

The Spanish authorities could be considering publishing a new call for tender by the end of 2017. Taking into account the following factors, the online gambling market could benefit soon from a new call for tender; 1.- Time elapsed since the previous license-call The second call for tender was published on October 31, 2015. Therefore, it has been more than 18 months since the last call and therefore, interested parties were allowed to request the …

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