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Spain

Spanish Cultural Heritage legislation as at July 2010

 

State party to international instruments

1954 Hague Convention

1954 Hague Protocol

1999 Hague Protocol

7 July 1960

26 June 1992

6 July 2001

1970 Unesco Convention

1995 UNIDROIT Convention

10 January 1986

21 May 2002

1972 World Heritage Convention

4 May 1982

2001 Underwater Heritage Convention

6 June 2005

2003 Intangible Heritage Convention

25 October 2006

2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention

18 December 2006

 

State party to regional instruments

European Cultural Convention

4 July 1957

European Convention for the Protection of the  Architectural Heritage

27 April 1989

European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property

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European Convention for the Protection of the  Archaeological Heritage (revised)

Signed on 16 January 1992

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

9 April 2001

Framework Convention for the Protection of National  Minorities

1 September 1995

European Landscape Convention

26 November 2007

European Convention for the Protection of the  Audiovisual Heritage

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Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for  Society

-

 

Constitutional provisions

Spanish Constitution 1978, as amended 1992, Arts 3, 9, 44, 46, 148 and 149.1

 

National legislation

Royal Decree 111/1986 Regulating Historical Assets

Royal Decree 1132/2008 on the Structure of the Ministry of Culture (not reproduced)

Royal Decree 1305/2009 Network of Museums in Spain (not reproduced)

Law 16/1985 of 25 June, on Spanish Historical Heritage (original language) Source: UNESCO

Royal Decree 64/1994 of 21 January, which modifies Royal Decree 111/1986 of 10 January, which partially develops Law 16/1985 of 25 June, on Spanish Historical Heritage (Official State Gazette (BOE) 02/03/1994)

Royal Decree 582/1989 of 19 May, which approves the Regulations for Spanish Public Libraries and the Spanish Libraries System (Official State Gazette (BO) 31/05/1989)

Law 10/2007 of 22 June, on reading, books and libraries

Royal Decree 1572/2007 of 30 November, regulating the bodies co-ordinating the libraries of the Spanish Central Administration and its public bodies

Royal Decree 1573/2007 of 30 November, approving the Regulation of the Library Co-operation Council

Organic Law 12/1995, dated 12 December, on combating contraband (not reproduced)

Royal Decree 1680/1991, dated 15 November, on the Central Government Guarantee for works of cultural interest

 

Regional laws

Cultural Heritage:

Basque Country (Law 7/1990)

Castile-La Mancha (Law 4/1990)

Catalonia (Law 9/1993)

Galicia (Law 8/1995)

Madrid (Law 10/1998)

Cantabria (Law 9/1993)

Balearic Islands (Law 12/1998)

Canary Islands (Law 4/1999)

Extremadura (Law 2/1999)

Aragon (Law 3/1999)

Asturias (Law 1/2001)

Castile-Leon (Law 12/2002)

Valencian Community (Law 4/1998)

La Rioja (Law 7/2004)

Navarre (Law 14/2005)

Murcia (Law 4/2007)

Andalusia (Law 14/2007)

 

Language:

Basque Country (Law 10/1982)

Galicia (Law 3/1983)

Valencia (Law 1/1983)

Catalonia (Law 1/1998)

Navarre (Law 18/1998)

 

Museums:

Andalusia (Law 8/2007)

Aragon (Law 7/1986)

Catalonia (Law 17/1990)

Castile-Leon (Law 10/1994)

Murcia (Law 5/1996)

Madrid (Law 9/1999)

Cantabria (Law 5/2001)

Balearic Islands (Law 4/2003)

Basque Country (Law 7/2006)

Navarre (Law 10/2009)

 

Public archives:

Andalusia (Law 3/1984)

Aragon (Law 6/1986)

Canary Islands (Law 3/1990)

Murcia (Law 6/1990)

Madrid (Law 4/1993)

La Rioja (Law 4/1994)

Catalonia (Law 10/2001)

Cantabria (Law 3/2002)

Castile-La Mancha (Law 19/2002)

Castile-Leon (Law 7/2004)

Balearic Islands (Law 15/2006)

Extremadura (Law 2/2007)

 

Public libraries:

Andalusia (Law 8/1983)

Valencian Community (Law 10/1986)

Aragon (Law 8/1986)

Castile-Leon (Law 9/1989)

Castile-La Mancha (Law 1/1989)

Galicia (Law 14/1989)

Madrid (Law 10/1989)

La Rioja (Law 4/1990)

Murcia (Law 7/1990)

Catalonia (Law 4/1993)

Extremadura (Law 6/1997)

Cantabria (Law 3/2001)

Navarre (Law 32/2002)

Balearic Islands (Law 19/2006)

Basque Country (Law 11/2007)

 

Books and reading:

Madrid (Law 5/1999)

Valencia (Law 3/2002)

Galicia (Law 17/2006)

 

Crafts (artesania) and popular culture:

Baleares (Law 4/1985 on Crafts and Law 1/2002 on Popular Culture)

Catalonia (Law 2/1993)

Extremadura (Law 3/1994)

Galicia (Law 1/1992)

La Rioja (Law 2/1994)

Madrid (Law 21/1998)

Murcia (Law 11/1998)

 

Cultural Routes

Galicia (Law 3/1996, Protecting the Camino de Santiago de Compostela)

 

CE Cultural Heritage Compendium

 

Other useful links

Ministry of Culture

Autonomous Region of Andalusia

Autonomous Region of Aragon

Autonomous Region of Asturias

Autonomous Region of Balearic Islands

Autonomous Region of Basque Country

Autonomous Region of Canary Islands

Autonomous Region of Cantabria

Autonomous Region of Castile-Leon

Autonomous Region of Castile-La Mancha

Autonomous Region of Catalonia

Autonomous Region of Extremadura

Autonomous Region of Galicia

Autonomous Region of La Rioja

Autonomous Region of Madrid

Autonomous Region of Murcia

Autonomous Region of Navarre

Autonomous Region of Valencia

 

Contact 

Ministry of Culture

Plaza del Rey, 1

28004 Madrid

Telephone: 91 701 70 00

Email at: http://en.www.mcu.es/contacte/contacteLoadSaveForm.do?layout=contacte&tipoArea=TIPOGENERAL&cache=init&language=en

 

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