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KLEV&VERA > Articles posted by Anna Klevtsova

Does Spain have freedom of speech?

Insight into M.D. and Others v. Spain – How Does The Court Determine When Investigative Journalism Becomes a Violation of One´s Privacy? The 2014 case, M.D. and Others v. Spain, was seminal for illuminating the dichotomy between the rights of an individual and the rights of a published journalist. This article will explain the alleged violations by the applicants and demonstrate how the Court decides on whether a right has been violated, considering a person´s private life under both the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Spanish Constitution.   Table of Contents Background of the Case Violation of Article 8 –...

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Considering a master’s degree in Spain? Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing where to obtain a master’s degree can be difficult, and often daunting, when faced with the decision of where to study outside of your home country. In this article, we will provide anyone considering studying in Spain with all the knowledge and tools necessary to begin formulating your decision and understand the process that you will be required to complete in order to study here.   Contents: Should I do a master’s degree in Spain? How much does a master's degree in Spain cost? How do master’s courses work in Spain? How to apply for a master’s in Spain? What visa...

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What is the difference between the NIE and TIE in Spain, and which one do you need?

NIE and TIE are two different documents that are often mismatched or confused. If you are a foreigner thinking of investing in Spain or going to live there, you have probably already heard of these and are looking for some clarification on the matter. In this article we are going to explain the difference between NIE and TIE, the distinct types of each one (NIE number and TIE card, green card, and blue and pink one) and which one you should get depending on your specific case. Here you can find a summary of the article and the links to go...

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UK driving licence is no longer valid for Spanish Residentes after May 1st, 2022

In continuation to our previous updates on driving in Spain for UK driving licence holders after the Withdrawal Agreement, it has been announced that from 1st May 2022, those who have resided in Spain for 6 months will no longer be able to drive in Spain using their UK licenses. All UK driving licence holders who have lived in Spain for 6 months and have not yet exchanged their UK driving licence for a Spanish one, will not be able to drive in Spain. Therefore, from 1st May, anyone who was living in Spain prior to 1st January 2022 must have...

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It will be easier and cheaper to set up a company in Spain with the new Company Law

As global economies emerge from the pandemic and seek to recover from the damage sustained, Spain is planning to introduce the new Company Law - ‘Ley de Creación y Crecimiento de Empresas’, which has numerous implications on the formation and continuation of companies in Spain. The Covid pandemic has negatively impacted companies and the economic climate throughout the world. To assist in the creation of new companies and a better economic environment, the Spanish government has adopted the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. This national program includes the new ‘Crea y Crece’ Law with significant reforms of the current Company...

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Choosing a school for your children in Barcelona: an expat’s guide to school applications

When emigrating, one of the most important decisions families face is where to send their children. Trying to understand a new education system, especially in another language, can be daunting for parents. Fortunately, the process in Barcelona isn’t overly complicated, but it does require that you understand the process and stick to the key dates to avoid disappointment. This article serves as an easy-to-understand guide for how to choose a school in Barcelona and secure a place for your child. How does the schooling system in Barcelona work? Before beginning the application process, it is important to understand the key fundamentals of the Barcelona...

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Spain Starting Giving Residence Permits for Ukrainian Refugees

The Spanish Government published on the 10 March the long expected information on how displaced persons from Ukraine can get the temporary protection status in Spain (Orden PCM/169/2022, de 9 de marzo, por la que se desarrolla el procedimiento para el reconocimiento de la protección temporal a personas afectadas por el conflicto en Ucrania). Starting from 10 March 2022 Ukrainian citizens can apply for a temporary protection status, which includes residence and work permit, initially announced for 1 year, but supposed to last as long as the conflict situation persists. This way Spain has implemented the recently activated EU Council Directive 2001/55/CE...

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Your valid UK driving licence will now be recognised for driving in Spain until 30 April 2022

Following on from our previous news post, the validity of British driving licences in Spain after Brexit has been extended for the fourth time. Below you can find the updated guidance, case by case. If you were living in Spain before 1 January 2021 Your valid UK driving licence will now be valid for driving in Spain until 30 April 2022. If you registered your intention to exchange with the DGT before 30 December 2020, you must request an appointment with the DGT to exchange your UK licence by 30 April 2022. You must follow this procedure to complete the process without taking...

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What residence permit can Ukrainians fleeing the conflict get in Spain?

Ukrainian nationals can travel freely in the Schengen area without a need for a visa, and can remain in the Schengen states for 90 days every 6 months. Therefore it is possible to enter EU easily. At the moment there are no internal border controls among Schengen states, however, it is possible that these will be reintroduced at some point as a temporary measure to maintain security and better cope with any large influx of displaced citizens. What options do you have if you are currently in Spain? Depending on how long you would like to stay in Spain, and what is the...

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Investment in Catalonia

The COVID-19 pandemic struck a blow for much of the global economy. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was no exception. FDI as a whole declined 42% with developed economies seeing the biggest decline. One exception to the degree of decline was Catalonia, the region of Spain containing Barcelona. According to a report from Catalonia Trade & Investment, Catalonia’s decline was only 22.7%, almost half the global amount. That Catalonia has weathered the storm so well is indicative of a positive economic picture. 2020 built upon the previous 4 years, which saw consistent increases in FDI projects. In these 5 years from 2016-2020,...

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