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Spanish gambling execs form new advisory committee

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Spain has formed a new ‘advisory committee for responsible gambling’ as part of its ongoing gambling framework overhaul.

The Consejo Asesor del Juego Responsible (CAJR) advisory has been approved by Spanish gambling regulatory body DGOJ, and will act as the betting and gaming sector’s point of contact with Spain’s Treasury and Health departments.

The development comes in the immediate aftermath of the DGOJ disclosing its Q3 2018 results, in which affiliate marketing spend rose to €7.4 million, a 49.8% year-on-year increase.

Presenting the directive, the DGOJ said it wants participating industry stakeholders to collaborate with the Spanish government and health organisations, maintaining a socially responsible and sustainable gambling sector.

In its initial mandate, the CAJR advisory has placed a strong emphasis on betting leadership being advised by Spain’s national health bodies on treatment, addiction and engagement with high-risk gamblers, thus supporting a comprehensive framework on combating problem gambling ills.

The foundation of CAJR follows September’s ruling by the Spanish Assembly on the re-classification of gambling-harm as a drug addiction, a decision backed by the Spanish Drugs Council seeking to revamp the nation’s addiction support and treatment structures.

Spanish industry news source Azar Plus, has revealed that industry executives Francisco Feijoo legal counsel for Luckia, María José Gallardo, VP of R Franco Spain, and Alberto Eljarrat CEO of Sportium have committed to representing the Gambling industry as CAJR members.

Sportium’s Eljarrat told Azar Plus “The creation of the CAJR (Advisory Board for Responsible Gaming) is good news. The working group represents all the sectors involved and will allow to collect all the sensitivities with the aim of promoting a responsible game, and a socially sustainable activity. We are honoured to participate and collaborate with the other agents involved.”

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