Spain has two major island groups, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands


I. SPAIN Disclaimer This document has not been adopted by the European Commission and should therefore not be relied upon as a statement of the European Commission. The purpose of this document is merely to provide a comprehensive overview based on available information without claiming to be exhaustive. Although stakeholder consultation has taken place to verify the collected information, it is possible that this document does not reflect the view of all stakeholders involved. This document has been updated until February 2011. This country report provides a comprehensive overview and assessment of the current state-of-play with regard to Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in Spain1 . After detailing Spain’s country characteristics, its most important maritime activities are presented. Next, the country

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A pan-European delimitation of coastal waters



El auditor se niega a aprobar las cuentas de la Confederación Hidrográfica del Cantábrico



24 septiembre, 2015


Eva Belmonte

auditoría, Confederación Hidrográfica del Cantábrico, cuentas anuales

•La Intervención General de la Administración del Estado deniega la opinión al detectar errores graves

•La entidad no ha hecho inventario de sus bienes, que suman más de 550 millones de euros

•La auditoría lleva alertando de este problema desde 1998


El BOE recoge, día sí día también -especialmente cuando se acerca el final de año- las cuentas de 2014 de los diferentes organismos públicos y sus informes de auditoría. Esos informes pueden acabar de varias formas: favorable (no encuentran incorrecciones, como pasa aquí), favorable con salvedades (las encuentran, y son importantes como para destacarlo, pero no tanto como para tumbar todas las cuentas, como pasa aquí) o denegación de opinión (los errores

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EU's maritime transport policy up to 2020

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Competitiveness, decarbonisation and digitalisation are the guiding principles that will serve as a basis for the EU's maritime transport policy up to 2020 and beyond. These principles aim to ensure that maritime transport remains an attractive way for transporting goods and people and becomes even more environmentally-friendly. It should also serve as a catalyst for investment and innovation.

Today's Council conclusions endorse the content of the Valletta declaration on the EU's maritime policy, which was adopted at an informal ministerial conference organised by the presidency on 29 March 2017.

These five countries fought a war that was literally over bird sh-t

In the early 1860s, Spain was dealing with the loss of many of its overseas colonies. Spain also suffered a series of minor insults to their prestige at the hands of Peru, a former Spanish colony. In an effort to save face and collect on debts left over the Peruvian War of Independence, Spanish forces launched a fleet of ships in April 1864 to seize the valuable Chincha Islands off the coast of Peru.

Photo: Wikipedia/Federico Castellón Martínez

The Chincha Islands supplied over half of Peru’s annual budget at the time as laborers collected bird guano from 150-foot-high deposits. Yes, sh-t stacks that high. In the late 1800s, bird guano was known as both a great fertilizer and a great source of saltpeter. Saltpeter mixed in the proper

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