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Latest business news about Spain and the European Union.

Tax exemptions for Church run schools do not breach state aid rules: EU Court
As a rule, tax exemptions for Church-run schools do not breach prohibitions on state aid, the EU Court's Advocate General stated Thursday in an Opinion on building work for a Catholic school in Spain.

EU Court rules on Spanish use of rolling fixed-term contracts
The use of successive fixed-term contracts to cover permanent needs in the health care sector are contrary to EU law, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

Spain, Portugal escape EU budget fines
EU Member States agreed Monday to waive fines on Portugal and Spain for failing to take effective action to correct their excessive budget deficits, setting new deadlines for corrective action.

Spain: country overview
Spain joined the EU in 1986, and developed into a dynamic and rapidly growing economy, and a global champion of freedom and human rights. The most important sectors of Spain’s economy in 2015 were wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (24.5 %), public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (18.7 %), and industry (17.0 %). Spain’s main export partners are France, Germany and the UK, while its main import partners are Germany, France and China.

EES 2011 Spain National Report
The Eurochambres Economic Survey 2011 report on Spain gives an overview of the Spanish economy in 2010 and provides a detailed analysis of the economic indicators: turnover, national sales, export, employment, investment, and business confidence.

EU approves acquisition of Círculo by Spanish media group Planeta
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition by the Spanish media group Planeta of joint control of the Spanish book club Círculo, currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann.

EU okays bail-out of Spain's Caja Castilla-La Mancha
The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, Spanish aid for the restructuring of Caja Castilla-La Mancha because it adequately addresses the problems that led to the bail-out of the bank in 2009 whilst avoiding undue distortions of competition.

Spain to label certain products in Braille
At a Seminar on Consumer Safety in Palma de Mallorca Spain's Minister of Health and Social Policy, Trinidad Jiménez, said the Spanish Government is drawing up a decree for certain products to be labelled in Braille.

Spanish EU Presidency Work Programme
Programme of the Spanish Presidency of the EU

Uría Menéndez
Uría Menéndez is a prestigious law firm in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America with a total of fourteen offices in Europe, the United States and Latin America. The firm advises on Spanish, Portuguese and European Union law.

Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Freedom to provide services - CASELEX:EU:2009:94
Spanish legislation that exempted from tax all winnings from lotteries, games of chance and betting organised by public bodies or entities pursuing social or charitable non-profit-making activities that were established in Spain was a restriction on the freedom to provide services of similar bodies and entities established in other Member States and was contrary to Article 49 EC and Article 36 of the EEA Agreement, as that exemption did not apply to those bodies and entities established in other Member States. Such an exemption could not be justified on the grounds of prevention of money laundering, public health or other socio-economic reasons.

Representation of the European Commission in Spain
Contacts of the European Commission representation in Spain.

Spain: Economy Overview
The Spanish economy grew every year from 1994 through 2008 before entering a recession that started in the third quarter of 2008. Spain's mixed capitalist economy supports a GDP that on a per capita basis is approaching that of the largest West European economies.

Spain Investment Climate 2009
The government of Spain recognizes the value of foreign investment and the economic importance of attracting more.

Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Spain.

Setting up a business in Spain
The legislation in force which governs the formation of a new company in Spain sets out the requirements and steps that apply to the different types of company, from sole traders to the most sophisticated forms of trading company.

Spain and the euro
Spain joined the European Union in 1986 and was in the first-wave EU countries to adopt the euro on 1 January 1999.

Commission anti-trust decision against Telefonica - frequently asked questions
European Commission fine of EUR 151 million against Spanish telecom group Telefonica.

Find an office in Spain
Instant Offices Spain

Spain country profile
Spain is a constitutional monarchy, with a hereditary monarch and a bicameral parliament. The Kingdom of Spain has been a member state of the European Union since 1986.

Spain Trade Net
Trade leads in Spain - Connecting Businesses WorldWide

Business Environment - Spain
Snapshot of the business environment for the Spanish economy, from the World Bank

Doing Business in Spain (HLBI)
Guide on Spain from HLB International, which has produced a series of international booklets on accounting, taxation and company law information - pdf

Taxation and Investment in Spain (Deloitte)
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Spain Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.