After Barcelona, City Council of Madrid has announced that no new gambling establishments should be opened in its jurisdiction.
Madrid Council President Isabel Diaz Ayuso confirmed the council’s decision and said that the city’s executive would hold the decision of the council and would concede only when the Spanish government implements its long-awaited federal decree on gambling.
Diaz also said that gambling-related businesses grew in the city by about 125 percent in the past five years. He also said that the city would soon have the first gambling addiction treatment facility.
Last month, the Barcelona City Council has confirmed that it would not allow the opening of any new gambling establishments in the city.
The City Council ruled that opening of any new gambling establishments, arcade, bingo hall or casino, will not be permitted and the same has been communicated to the Catalunya’s municipal government.
The city council executives have said that this would be a trial for one year and would help take off the pressure from health networks dealing with increasing gambling addiction.
Gambling addiction has been on the rise in Spain. In fact, reports suggest that Spanish teens are the most addicted to gambling when compared with their European counterparts.
A joint study of Spain’s Federation of Rehabilitated Gamblers and Madrid’s Association of Psychologists reveal that one out of every five Spanish youth is addicted to gambling.
Moreover, those between the age of 14 to 21 demonstrate a higher affinity for sports gambling than their European counterparts.