Modifications in the Legal, Regime for Foreign direct Investments

Executive Direction of Invest in Spain. ICEX Spain Trade and Investment

The aim of this document is to give a didactic outline of the new regime for direct foreign investment in Spain, as set forth in Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, of March 17, on urgent extraordinary measures to deal with the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in Royal Decree-Law 11/2020, of March 31, adopting urgent complementary measures in the social and economic field to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic

Spain has modified its model for the control of foreign investment in application of Regulation (EU) 19/452 of 19 March 2019 for the control of foreign direct investment. Spain is one of the foremost receivers of foreign investment in the world. Spain welcomes foreign investment with open arms. As a general principle, foreign investments in Spain do not require any administrative authorization, except for investments in activities directly related to National Defense or those that affect public order, public safety and public health.