Spain Working Towards Cleaning Up Online Gambling Laws
There are several countries that have been scolded because of their stances on Internet gambling. Spain was one of those countries, and unlike the US, Spanish officials are moving quickly to correct the discrepancies in their online gambling industry.
Last week, gaming regulators agreed that there should be two working groups that will come up with a way to regulate online gambling in Spain. The process of regulating the industry has been ongoing since 2007.
In December of 2007, lawmakers agreed that national laws were necessary to regulate the online gaming industry. These laws would set the framework for licensing and regulation of betting activity. Now, individual regions are helping come up with the laws.
"We are establishing compromises in order to come up with this regulation," said Maria Angeles Gonzalez, Secretary General of the Ministry of the Interior, "We have this law and the Ministry of the Interior and the autonomous regions are going to continue with these meetings to see how we can come up with this regulation."
The ironic part of the latest meetings, which were held on July 15th at the Spanish Ministry of the Interior headquarters in Madrid, was the absence of Loterias y Apuestas de Espana. The LAE is the national lottery operator in Spain.
Spain has been dealing with the European Commission regarding their online gambling practices. Much like the US, Spain was told by the EC that their laws were in violation of European Union trade agreements.
July 27, 2009
Posted By Tom Jones
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com