Institutional relations


The Directorate General for Gambling Regulation (DGOJ) is in contact with several state and privately-run bodies and groups, foundations and associations.  Below is a list of its main collaborators and their nature.


Gambling Policy Board

Articles 34 and 35 of the Gambling Act, Law 13/2011 determine that the Gambling Policy Council (CPJ) is the state and regional body for participation and coordination on gambling matters.

The Council is composed of members of Regional Councils in charge of gambling matters in every Autonomous Region and City, as well as by an equal number of representatives of the Central State Administration. The Council is chaired by the Minister of Finance and Public Administrations, who may delegate his or her duties,  attendance  and vote, as may other Council members.

Likewise, Law 13/2011 establishes that the State and Autonomous Regions, through the Gambling Policy Council, must instigate appropriate actions to favour tax and legal convergence, as well as to regulate advertising, sponsorship and promotion activities linked to all types of operators and games in any form throughout the country.

The Gambling Policy Council is responsible for the following matters:

  • Basic regulations of games
  • Implementing the basic regulations of games and general rules of occasional games.
  • Criteria for granting licences.
  • Defining the requirements of technical gambling systems and their approval
  • Basic requirements for recognising certificates and approving licences by regional bodies in charge of gambling matters.
  • Coordinating the regulatory measures for protecting minors and dependent or vulnerable people.
  • Studying measures for putting forward to the state and regional authorities to bring the applicable legal and tax regime of gambling activities run by electronic, computer-related, telematic and interactive means in line with that of in-person gambling and with related advertising and sponsorship activities, and encourage associations to raise queries .
  • Any aspect of gambling activities whose nature requires the coordinated action of state and regional authorities.


CPJ documentation

On the basis of the powers conferred upon the CPJ, over the course of 2014 it commenced a review of regional gambling regulations with the aim of aligning these regulations within the framework of the principles recognised by Law 20/2013, of 9 December, guaranteeing market unity. This task has involved an analysis of the requirements stipulated by the autonomous communities with respect to access to gambling activity by operators in the various sub-sectors and the requirements placed on Type B machines and machines operated by the server.

Documentation prepared throughout 2014.


Institutional relations with other ministries and public bodies

Additionally, the DGOJ collaborates with other ministries and administrative bodies such as the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism through the State Secretariat for Telecommunication and the Information Society, with which it signed the Co-regulatory Agreement  (PDF, approx. 738 kB) and the Gambling Advertising Code of Conduct  (PDF, approx. 401 kB). 

It also collaborates with the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality to help treat persons with a gambling problem.

Likewise, the DGOJ works with law enforcement officials to investigate gambling regulation compliance monitoring and inspection, and with the Executive Service of the Committee for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Offences to prevent money laundering.


Institutional relations with the EU and other European regulators

The DGOJ is in contact with the European Union bodies coordinating gambling matters. Although the European Commission considers gambling regulation and related aspects to be within the remit of each member state, it does ensure that national legislation does not act against free competition nor hinder the creation of Community companies.

The DGOJ is in permanent contact with other European countries' regulatory bodies whose gambling regulations are similar to Spain's, to foster collaboration and the exchange of information, thus helping coordinate each country's regulations and national inspection systems with a view to the future creation of a cross-border frame of reference on gambling legislation.

Joint communiqué on the meeting of European regulators in Barcelona in June 2012 (PDF, approx. 119 kB)


With society

The main task of the DGOJ and its true mission is to protect Spanish consumers in general from problem gambling, particularly minors, and dependent and vulnerable groups.

To fulfil this mission to the best of its ability, the DGOJ has built ties and collaboration channels for research.

It has also established measures to protect affected groups and prevent problem gambling together with various civil society partners such as rehabilitated gambler associations; universities researching problem gambling from both a social and a medical point of view; centres that provide assistance and treatment for problem gambling; and researchers.

The aim is to achieve a high level of protection for vulnerable groups through these ties and to set down measures and systems to respond to the needs of problem gamblers.

The DGOJ also works with gambling operators to establish and implement these measures.