LAS Vegas style casinos may be coming to Spain to create tens of thousands of jobs – if the government does a U-turn on anti-smoking laws.
American casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson has submitted plans to build ‘Eurovegas’, a vast complex of casinos, hotels and conference centres on the outskirts of Madrid.
The project would be one of the biggest construction sites in Europe and give a much needed boost to the Spanish economy, creating thousands of jobs.
The only stumbling block to work beginning are Spanish anti-smoking laws that prevent lighting up inside public areas, which is a vital requirement for Adelson.
The casino billionaire has now appealled to the ruling PP party to lift the law.
He believes this will not be a stumbling block after he told PM Mariano Rajoy that he already has over €9 billion of finance in place.
Opponents of the plan have organised a petition on website change.org demanding that there is no change to the law.
“We Spaniards do not want the law to be changed so that Mr Adelson can earn more money while Spain becomes poorer,” explained a spokesman.
Ignacio González, head of Madrid’s regional government, said that the legal changes needed to allow Eurovegas could be in place by the beginning of August.