The Council of Ministers has approved an Agreement providing for the referral to Parliament of the Agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the Joint Organization for Cooperation in the Field of Armaments (OCCAR) for the establishment of a Satellite Office of the A400 Program on Spanish territory, as well as its ratification.
On 9 September 1998, the Agreement between the Governments of the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Italian Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was signed at Farnborough for the creation of a Joint Organization of Cooperation in the Field of Armaments (OCCAR). This agreement entered into force on a general basis on January 28, 2001; Spain formalized its adhesion to the agreement on December 7, 2004, and it came into force for our country on January 6, 2005.
On 20 June 2012, the OCCAR Board of Supervisors approved the establishment in Seville of a satellite office of the A400M Program. The purpose of this new Agreement is to complete the OCCAR agreement on certain specific issues, mainly in the identification of headquarters and mechanisms for dialogue with the Spanish Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
We have received the following clarification from OCCAR regarding its Seville office:
"The OCCAR in Seville/Spain office was opened in 2012 on an interim basis as a satellite office to the OCCAR A400M Programme Division in Toulouse, France, in order to manage the aircraft acceptance at the location of the Final Assembly Line for the A400M.
"From 2012 to 2014, the office was operated under the OCCAR Convention that is ratified by the Parliaments of the six Member States and grants OCCAR's legal status.
"As Spain wanted to establish some additional specific regulations regarding the Seville office, its Council of Ministers on March 24 voted to have the Host Nations Agreement between Spain and OCCAR concerning this satellite office be submitted to the Spanish Parliament for ratification."
- March 31, 2017: Added clarification by OCCAR, and deleted Editor's Note, which is no longer relevant.