The UN has begun to study Spain’s request to increase its sovereignty over the seabed in the area of Galicia, beyond the 200 nautical miles of the Exclusive Economic Zone, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, as reported yesterday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2009, Spain submitted data supporting a request to extend the extension of its continental shelf in Galicia by up to 79,000 square kilometres. These data reflected the results of scientific investigations of the seabed and the subsoil of the continental margin corresponding to the area of Galicia up to depths of 5,300 meters.
Last Monday, the Sub-Commission of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, competent in this matter, began its work. It is composed of seven experts who, in dialogue with Spain, should formulate to the plenary of the Commission their recommendations on the delimitation of the continental shelf to the west of Galicia.