The Spanish Government, led by Héctor Gómez, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, is at the forefront of a significant movement within the European Union (EU) to address British homeowners‘ challenges post-Brexit.
This movement, highlighted at the recent World Travel Market in London, focuses on the impact of stringent Schengen Area policies and seeks collaborative solutions.
Spain’s stance on tourism and the British market
Minister Gómez emphasized the critical role of tourism in Spain’s economy, with the sector employing nearly three million workers and creating one in four new jobs. Despite the complexities introduced by Brexit, the British market remains a key component of Spain’s tourism strategy.
This reality was reinforced by Gómez’s visit to the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office in London, highlighting the urgency to find resolutions to the restrictive 90/180-day rule for non-EU passport holders, including Britons.
French senate’s progressive moves
In a parallel development, the French Senate is considering legislation to simplify long-stay visa applications for British second homeowners. This move indicates a growing recognition within the EU of the need to revisit and potentially amend post-Brexit regulations.
The 90/180-day dilemma
A central issue for British homeowners in the EU, particularly in Spain, is the 90/180-day rule, limiting stays within the Schengen Area.
This regulation poses significant challenges for non-EU citizens wishing to spend extended periods in their European properties. Spain, holding the EU Presidency until the end of the year, is uniquely positioned to influence changes to these rules.
The economic significance of British tourists and property owners in Spain cannot be overstated. Data reveals that Britons constitute a significant portion of Spain’s annual visitor numbers, substantially impacting the national economy.
Furthermore, addressing the financial obligations arising from pandemic-related loans adds urgency to finding solutions beneficial to all parties involved.
Costaluz Lawyers’ proposal
Costaluz Lawyers started a petition two years ago to propose a new type of visa for non-EEA property owners in Spain. This “Spanish property owners visa” aims to address the limitations and challenges faced by British and other non-EU nationals in enjoying their properties in Spain.
Our petition supports this initiative, advocating for changes to ease residency and travel for property owners, ultimately benefiting Spain’s economy.
The collaborative efforts of major EU countries, led by Spain and France, signal a hopeful future for British homeowners in Europe.
As discussions and legislative actions progress, the potential for more accommodating policies grows, reflecting a commitment to adapt to the post-Brexit landscape while fostering economic growth and international goodwill.
Call to action
If you are a non-EEA citizen affected by these issues or are considering purchasing property in Spain, join us in supporting the Costaluz Lawyers’ proposal.
Sign our petition today to advocate for introducing the Spanish property owners visa, a step towards more inclusive and practical solutions for property investment and residency in Spain.
Express.co.uk by Alessandra Scotto di Santolo