PRESS RELEASE 152
The United Nations commences its study of the application to extend the Continental Shelf of Spain in Galicia
12/11/2019

​Yesterday in New York, the Sub-Commission of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, commenced its examination of Spain’s application for the recognition of the continental shelf extended beyond 200 nautical miles to the west of the coast of Galicia, according to Article 76.8 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and its Annex II. The application was formally presented by Spain on 11 May 2009 and was presented, with regard to its contents and arguments, before the plenary session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in April 2010.

After its formal presentation, the corresponding Sub-Commission was constituted in August 2019 to study Spain’s application. At the request of Spain, the delegation headed by the Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, María Bassols Delgado, has presented the principal elements of Spain’s application on the first day of commencement of the tasks of the Sub-Commission, in order to assist them in carrying out their responsibility. The Spanish delegation consists of the Head of the International Law Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, a representative of the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain, and the Legal Advisor of the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations.

The 7 experts constituting the Sub-Commission will now study Spain’s application, which should lead, after successive work sessions of the Sub-Commission and in dialogue with Spain, to the formulation by the entire Commission, of recommendations regarding the demarcation of the continental shelf to the west of Galicia. 

 

 

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