EENI-Business School

Doing Business in Spain

EENI- School of International Business

Subject - Doing Business in Spain. Madrid Barcelona. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Kingdom of Spain (European Union)
  2. Spanish Economy
  3. Doing Business in Madrid and Barcelona
  4. Most important Spanish economic sectors: agri-food, consumer products, industrial products, services, engineering
  5. Spanish Foreign Trade
  6. Trade relations with Latin America
  7. Case Studies:
    1. Amancio Ortega
    2. Spanish fashion
    3. Spanish Olive Oil and the Wine Sector
    4. Information and communication technologies in Spain
  8. Set-up a business in Spain
  9. Access to the Spanish market
  10. Business Plan for Spain

The objectives of the subject “Doing Business in the Kingdom of Spain” are the following:

  1. To analyse the strengths of the Spanish Economy and Foreign Trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Spanish market
  3. To analyse the trade relations of Spain with the country of the student
  4. To know Spain's Free trade agreements (FTA) as a member of the European Union
  5. To understand the importance of the economic relations between Spain and Latin America
  6. To develop a business plan for the Spanish market

Amancio Ortega
Amancio Ortega

Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Spain” is studied...
  1. Doctorate: Europe
  2. Masters (e-learning): Europe, International Business

Course learning materials in English + Spanish España French Espagne Portuguese Espanha

  1. Credits of the subject “Doing Business in Spain”: 2 ECTS
  2. Duration: two weeks

EENI Spanish professors: Margarita Carrillo, Susana Fernández, Josep Bertrán, Gustavo Baell, Julio Fuster, Guillermo Pie

Description of the Subject: Doing Business in Spain.

The Kingdom of Spain (Europe)

  1. Population: 46 millions of people
  2. Area: 505,370 square kilometres
  3. Capital: Madrid
  4. Spain has significant relations (economic, cultural, political) with Latin America and North Africa
  5. Spain is a bridge between different cultures; it is the natural bridge between the European Union, the Latin countries and the United States (almost 40 millions of Latinos) as well as between the West and the Muslim Countries (Islam occupied Spain during seven centuries). All this makes Spain a multicultural country open to other cultures
  6. Type of government: Parliamentary Monarchy
    1. Autonomous Communities
    2. Territorial tensions in Catalonia and the Basque Country
  7. Languages: Spanish, Catalan, Basque and Galician
  8. Borders: Portugal, Andorra, France and Morocco
  9. Abolition of the Slavery in Spain: 1866

Religion in Spain: Catholicism (Christianity)

Spain belongs to the Western Christian Civilisation (European Economic Area)

Spanish Economy

  1. Spain is the twelfth world economy and the fifth economy of the European Union
  2. Spanish GDP (nominal): 1,113,851 millions of euros
  3. GDP per capita: 23,161 euros
  4. Structure of the economy of the Kingdom of Spain (46 millions of people) is that of a developed market, the services sector contributes to the gross domestic product (66%), followed by the industry (11.5%)
  5. 56 millions of tourists visit the Kingdom of Spain annually
  6. Spain is the world's leading producer of olive oil
  7. The Spanish fashion is recognised worldwide for its quality and creativity
  8. Main Spanish products: electronics, foods and beverages, machinery, cars, shipbuilding industry, manufactured metal, pharmaceutical products, chemical products, clothes, textile and ready-to-wear garments, footwear
  9. Decentralised EU Agencies in Spain: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA): Bilbao

Spanish Foreign Trade

  1. Spain is the 17th exporter and twelfth world importer of goods, in the foreign trade of services is the seventh exporter and tenth importer in the world
  2. 73% of the Spanish exports go to the countries of the European Union. France is the main Spanish export market (16% of exports)
  3. The great growth of exports and imports of Spain has made it one of the most internationalised countries in the world
  4. Spain is one of the largest exporters of cars
  5. Main Spanish Exports: vehicles, machinery, electronics devices, foods, chemical and pharmaceutical products, ships...
  6. Main Spanish Imports: fuels, chemical products, semi-processed products, machinery, foods...
  7. As a member of the European Union, Spain is the beneficiary of the EU Free trade agreements with the MERCOSUR, Mexico, Chile, Andean Community, Central America, South Korea, Algeria, India, Gulf Cooperation Council, European Free Trade Association, Ivory Coast, CARIFORUM etc. besides the Customs Union with Turkey

International Economic Relations of Spain

  1. ASEAN-European Union
  2. Asia-Europe Economic Meeting (ASEM)
  3. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (Non-borrowing country)
  4. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  5. World Bank
  6. International Monetary Fund
  7. European Investment Bank (EIB)
  8. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  9. Group of States of the Council of Europe Convention against the corruption (GRECO)
  10. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  11. Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  12. Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
  13. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  14. European Union
  15. ...

Spain is also an observer country in:

  1. Association of Caribbean States (AEC)
  2. Andean Community
  3. Latin American Integration Association (ALADI)
  4. Central American Integration System (SICA)
  5. Council of the Baltic Sea States

Examples of the subject - Foreign Trade and Business in Spain:

Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)

European Union-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

European Union-Morocco Association Agreement

Latin American Integration Association (ALADI/LAIA)

Vicente Ferrer
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