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Legal Framework for Spanish Cooperation Policy

Spain's cooperation policy is based on a statement made in the preamble to the 1978 Constitution, in which the Spanish Nation expresses its will to collaborate in the strengthening of peaceful and cooperative relationships between all peoples on Earth.

It currently forms a fundamental part of Spain's actions abroad, based on an interdependent and unified vision of an international society dedicated to the fight against poverty and to sustainable human development.


Façade of the Santa Cruz Palace; the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and CooperationThe legal framework surrounding the Spanish Cooperation policy is defined in the 1978 Spanish Constitution and in Law 23/1998, of 7 July, on International Development Cooperation, which establishes the principles that have inspired our cooperation policy, the geographical and sectoral goals and priorities, the assistance tools and methods and the competent bodies for the formulation and implementation of the Spanish international development cooperation policy.

This policy is defined in the Law as the set of resources and skills that Spain offers to developing countries, with the end goal of facilitating and boosting their social and economic progress and of contributing to the eradication of all forms of poverty in the world.

In terms of the international plan, we must take Article 3.5 of the Treaty on European Union into account, which states that in its relations with the wider world, the Union shall contribute to peace, security, the sustainable development of the Earth, solidarity, the eradication of poverty and the protection of human rights.

Lastly, Spain's development cooperation policy also respects and upholds the principles of the United Nations Charter, established to foster economic and social progress for peoples on Earth.



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