Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces

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Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces
Federación Española de
Municipios y Provincias
FEMP (logotipo).svg
Logotype of the FEMP
Sede de la FEMP (Madrid) 01.jpg
FEMP Headquearters
Federation overview
Formed April 2, 1985; 33 years ago (1985-04-02)
Jurisdiction  Spain
Headquarters Madrid
Federation executive

The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) is a Spanish association of local entities that groups town councils, provincial councils and, insular councils and insular cabildos. Approximately 7,331 entities are represented.

The founding and statutory aims of the FEMP are the promotion and defense of the autonomy of the Local Entities; The representation and defense of the general interests of Local Entities before other Public Administrations; The development and consolidation of the European spirit at the local level based on autonomy and solidarity among Local Authorities; Promoting and fostering friendly relations and cooperation with Local Authorities and their organizations, especially in the European, Ibero-American and Arab areas; The provision, directly or through companies or entities, of all kinds of services to the Local Corporations or to the entities dependent on them and any other purpose that directly or indirectly affects the Federation's partners.


The FEMP was constituted under the provisions of Additional Provision 5 of Law 7/1985, of April 2, Regulator of the Bases of Local Regime and was declared a Public Utility Association by agreement of the Council of Ministers on June 26, 1985. It is the Spanish section of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), and is the official headquarters of the Ibero-American Organization of Intermunicipal Cooperation (ICCO).


The official headquarters is located at 8 of Nuncio Street, Madrid, in an old house-palace of ends of the 17th century.

Autonomous entities with which the FEMP has signed a collaboration protocol[edit]

The FEMP maintains relations with federations of local entities of autonomic scope following a voluntary pattern, for which a protocol that specifies the relation is signed. There are 17 federations with which this type of protocol has been signed:

With the reform of the procedure of voting of the census of Spanish residents abroad, the institutional participation in the local administration by the 2,406,611[1] Spanish citizens abroad is separated from the municipal elections and is channeled through its own mechanisms such as the Councils of Spanish Residents Abroad,[2] thus generating the challenge of incorporating these Councils as other local Entities[3] as full members of the Federation or in the case of the General Council of Spanish Citizenship Abroad as an Honor partner.

Presidents of the FEMP[edit]

The Presidents have been:[4]

  • Pedro Aparicio Sánchez (1980-1983)
  • Ramón Sainz de Varanda (1983-1985)
  • Tomás Rodríguez Bolaños (1985-1991)
  • Francisco Vázquez Vázquez (1991-1995)
  • Rita Barberá Nolla (1995-2003)
  • Francisco Vázquez Vázquez (2003-2006)
  • Heliodoro Gallego Cuesta (2006-2007)
  • Pedro Castro Vázquez (2007-2011)
  • Juan Ignacio Zoido (2011-2012)
  • Íñigo de la Serna (2012-2015)
  • Abel Caballero (2015-present)[5]


  1. ^ "Statistics of the Register of Spanish residents abroad 2017".
  2. ^ Order AEC / 2172/2010, of July 13, which regulates the constitution, election and operation of the Councils of Spanish residents abroad.
  3. ^ Article 1. of the Statutes of the FEMP: "The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces is an Association constituted by Municipalities, Islands, Provinces and other Local Authorities that voluntarily decide it"
  4. ^ "Los alcaldes aún tienen que elegir a su presidente: será el 19 de septiembre". La Vanguardia. Retrieved 2017-08-26.
  5. ^ "Abel Caballero, elegido nuevo presidente de la FEMP". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-08-26.

External links[edit]

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