Democrats Abroad Spain Leadership Candidates 2019


Jim Mercereau

A fascination for politics dates back to my first wearing a button “i Like Ike” back in the 50’s as a little kid on Staten Island NY. I was finishing up grammar school when I decided that I really liked that JFK guy and have been a Democrat ever since. My youthful activism took the form of taking to the streets in 1968 as the Vietnam War raged on. We lost Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy that year and I had friends coming home in coffins. My first Democratic National Convention in 1968 was on the streets while Daley’s cops were chasing us around the Park across from the convention center. During a long hiatus with a career in medical sales management my activism took the form of sending sending checks to favorite causes. I reengaged while living in NH during the primaries in the late 80’s. In the 90’s canvassing and driving folks to the polls in Manchester was my small part. My political engagement ramped up after the 2000 FL debacle and made a point of spending the last two to three weeks canvassing and poll watching in the deeply red south west coast of FL 2004 -2014. In 2008 at the suggestion of a DA leadership, a bunch of DA folks from across Europe joined by other Democrats from the Northeast we were able to drive up Democratic participation across the west coast of FL and the I-4 corridor a few points so the impact of the Republican voters was dampened, while our Democratic counterparts in Southeast FL brought home a massive vote to assure Obama’s victory. We did a repeat in 2012. Organization and the energy of retail activist’s make a huge difference. The disheartening loss in 2016 was an eye opener. The last few cycles I have had the pleasure of helping members of Democrats Abroad Spain tap their inner activism, and in 2018 we made a massive difference in participation by our membership. Over 78% of our members requested a ballot. 2020 is a must win in the Senate, the House and most importantly the White House. I’m asking for your vote and your activism in whatever form it takes over the next two years. We need a Trump free world. Thank you.


Jessica Craig
I am a literary agent for multicultural writers based in Barcelona, but at times can be reached in London or even back Connecticut where I vote. A graduate of Columbia University with a focus on Islamic studies, I earned a BA in Comparative religion. After arriving in Barcelona I joined up with Democrats Abroad Barcelona later to become secretary.  I was part of the Barcelona Women's March from its inception.  When the horrors of the current administration’s policy toward immigrants from the southern border and the demagoguery of the President and his hench men it moved me to tears. It triggered an activism that was something new for me. It has proven to be quite satisfying and personally empowering. For close to two years I have been organizing demonstrations, workshops and an active WhatApp group with leaders in the US, Europe and Spain for a group now called Immigrant Justice Now. We have coordinated with our Barcelona chapter an emergency mobilization list of folks who turn up to respond the Trump’s crisis of the moment. The immigration crisis on the border has led to the death and incarceration of thousands of children and their families will only be stopped with a change in the White House. I hope you will vote for me as we prepare to mobilize our members and our fellow Americans to bring change in 2020 as we did in 2018. 


Tim Lawler

The basics:

  • Born in Cleveland, OH; lived in Chicago, New York, Honolulu, Miami and Racine, WI; Palmira, Colombia and Barcelona since 2016
  • First campaign I worked on and first vote I cast was for McGovern
  • Very happily retired psychologist/educator/administrator
  • Plenty of time to do things I want to do—like DA stuff
  • Lots of writing experience
  • I vote in Florida
  • I attended my first DA Barcelona meeting within a month or two of moving here. I’ve been active in the group and in our voter registration mission ever since.

I’ve served as secretary of DAS for the past two years. In addition to organizing/scheduling the monthly ExCom calls and writing up the minutes, I assisted with the updating and cleaning of our membership files.   I attended the EMEA conference in Madrid and participate on the EMEA monthly calls. I WebEx’d in to the DA Global meeting (in DC) two years ago and have my airline and hotel reservations to attend this year’s meeting in DC in person. 

Voting Representatives

Madeleine Savit

As we’ve been hearing for a few years now, the US is at a pivot point. Under

normal circumstances, I’d sign on to do the casual volunteering I’ve always

done, but the very high stakes now and the exhilarating results of the 2016

cycle have compelled me to step up to a more formal commitment.

Membership in DA Australia, under the inspiring stewardship of Carmelan

Polce, was my introduction to working with the organization. I volunteered

there and I continued volunteering for the Democratic Party once I relocated

to San Francisco, CA, where my main tasks were door-to-door canvassing in

Hispanic communities in Nevada and phonebanking. When I moved to

Valencia, about 1-1/2 years ago, I sought out DA Spain and helped Jim

Mercereau to Rock the Vote ahead of the 2018 election.

I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t informing myself about politics and

engaged in progressive causes. Over time, particularly after the 2000

election, I grew alarmed at the erosion in the US’s stated values of civil

society and rule of law.

While in San Francisco, I formed an organization, Folks for Polk, to give

voice to the majority who supported the City in the face of aggressive

opposition from a self-interested minority. The goal was to support the City

in its intention to follow ‘Liveable Cities’ design principles for a particular

street improvement project. I developed strong skills in attracting,

motivating and managing volunteers; strategizing, social media, and

publicity. These activist skills supplemented my professional experience as

an architect, project manager, and planner, and helped rally like-minded

people and raise our profile.

Valencia is home to an increasing number of American expats. I’d welcome

the chance to strengthen DA Spain’s Valencia Chapter, and help build its

numbers of informed, engaged voter-participants towards 2020.

Thank you for your vote. 

Harry Edelman

Harry was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Harry was a member of the wrestling

team in high school. Upon graduating, he studied international relations and military affairs,

minoring in German and East Asian studies while attending The Citadel, the Military College of

South Carolina on a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship from 2009-2013. He would subsequently

be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army as a logistics officer. Where he was

stationed for four years in Germany. Harry moved to Spain shortly after leaving the army. After

joining Democrats Abroad, he participated as the field director for Rock the Vote’s efforts to

register young Americans living abroad during the 2018 midterm elections.

He is currently a student with a Spanish language school, while at the same time completing a

master’s in emergency and disaster management through Georgetown University. Harry

 is living with his girlfriend, Gabriela, and their two cats in Barcelona.

Laura Hale

Laura Hale has lived in Madrid since 2013, previously having lived in Bratislava, Tinian and Canberra. Originally from the Chicago suburbs and a family of life long Democrats, she has an BGS and MSEd in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University, and a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra. A data analyst and sports historian by training, in the past few years she has been active in disability activism through sports data related projects. Laura has been involved in further activist activities online and offline mostly centering around Wikipedia and related projects since 2011.


Annual General Meeting Announcement 2019

Democrats Abroad Spain Annual General Meeting
The Village Tap Room
c/Martin de los Heros, 28 28008 Madrid

The iconic Plaza España is two blocks away from the location of this year's AGM.

Democrats Abroad Spain was founded in late 2003 in Barcelona. The Madrid chapter celebrates its 15th Anniversary now.

Welcome Reception Friday evening March 29th 7:30 -10 PM Tapas provided, self pay bar.

We will be joined at the welcome reception by the founding president of the Madrid chapter, Alana Moceri who will recall the activism that led to its formation. Alana will reminisce a bit about our early days. During the evening we anticipate one or two video links with Democratic Party activists in the US. Alana will then bring us up to date on the upcoming election in our adopted country. Alana is a Professor at Universidad Europea and an analyst and commentator on the political scene in the US for many Spanish television stations and newspapers. Alana also appears on English speaking networks commenting on Spanish politics.

Annual General Meeting Saturday morning March 30th 10AM to 2PM. Doors open at 9:30 for coffee and conversation.

The meeting will include an update on the activities of DA Spain and the plans leading up to the election.

Julia Bryant chair of DA Global who has led our organization to the largest period of growth in a non-Presidential election will join us through a video link for an update. Julia and her team have been the architects of an incredible social media outreach project.

Steven Tolliver will join us by video link from Barcelona to talk about the ties that bind Democrats and the challenges going into the upcoming primaries and the general election.

Nicole Pearson, events coordinator for the Madrid chapter will lead a panel and discussion we're calling Activating Activism. From the day after the inauguration we've been on the streets marching, we've been resisting, and most importantly we've been getting folks to the ballot box. Some remarkable changes have taken place and it has not been good luck. This panel composed of local activists (Jessica Craig, Tina Samson, and Jim Mercereau) should be a lively and informative discussion. Alana Moceri will augment this session with a review of some of the key organizing principles of that have been effective in change campaigns. Hopefully we will all leave the AGM with some ideas about what we can do as individuals and as members of DA to recapture the Senate and elect a President worthy of leading our great country.

The elections for DA Spain positions will take place for any position not voted on electronically. The results of the online voting will be announced. Lunch to follow. Every member of DA will soon be receiving an electronic ballot which allow folks coming to Madrid and those not coming to participate in the election. Choose the candidates of your choice and then hit submit and your ballot will be counted.

We are trying to get a feel for how many are going to participate in the AGM. Please click here to complete the attached form, and yes there is a maybe. If you are coming from out of town and would like the DA Madrid team to locate a homestay please fill in that part of the form. If you prefer a hotel or Air BnB, the areas of Madrid to search are: Centro, Plaza España, Opera, La Latina. We are well served with Metros, so where ever you end up you will still be pretty close.

We'll break about two for lunch. The lunch with beverage, and the coffee break will cost €15 payable at registration.

Margorie Kanter an early member of DA Madrid has offered her 'Story Walking' tour of her neighborhood, with a little history, a bit of legend and her own writings about places and events in the famous Barrio de las Lettras. The 90 minute+ tour will kick off from Plaza Santa Ana at 5PM and will include a visit to a classic bar to sample your favorite copa. You can learn more about Margie and her walking tour here.

Gil Carbajal, the former chair of DA and a founding member of DA Madrid is a long term resident who first arrived here as a Fulbright scholar. He is well versed in the history of Madrid. He has offered to do a walking tour of Medieval Madrid, including the Opera, Plaza Mayor and the San Isidro Museum. He plans to start around 10AM on Sunday morning. It will last about 90 minutes.

We look forward to welcoming you to Madrid.


Democrats Abroad Spain Election Announcement

Democrats Abroad Spain

Elections 2019

On March 30, 2019, Democrats Abroad Spain (DAS) will hold its bi-annual election of officers. The election will take place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Village Tap Room (Calle de Martín de los Heros, 28) Madrid. We will be sending out information about the meeting promptly.

We are now asking for nominations for candidates for each office. Below are the offices to be elected:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Counsel
  • And four DAS Voting Representatives (represents DAS at DA Global and participates in DAS ExCom)

    Officer requirements:

  1. Each officers serves a term of two years.
  2. No officer may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
  3. The Chair and Vice Chair must be of different sex, and preferably from different parts of Spain.
  4. The four Voting Representatives must also be of different sex: two women and two men.

DAS ByLaws requires that we announce in writing, or by email, the name of each person nominated for an office at least 15 daysbefore the AGM or by March 15, 2019. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the AGM, but only for an office where no candidate has yet been nominated and announced.The newly elected officers assume their duties on the date of the AGM.

Please submit nominations on the form at this link click here no later than midnight (CET) on March 12, 2019. You may fill out the form more than once in order to nominate people for various offices. The current officers are:

Chair – Jim Mercereau*

Vice-Chair – Anuradha Ghemawat*

Secretary – Tim Lawler*

Treasurer – Adrian Heredia*

Counsel – Gil Carbajal*

*Officers in their first term and eligible to run again.

Below are the requirements to run. Each nomination must contain a statement confirming that the nominee is qualified to run. Finally, each nominee must provide a detailed candidate profile that will be available on the DA website.

The nominee must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen;
  2. Be living abroad;
  3. Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the US; and
  4. Be a member of Democrats Abroad.

Please email us with any comments or questions:

Respectfully submitted,

Abigail Simpson

Mark Carr

Ted Liu

The 2019 DAS Nominations and Elections Committee


2018 Annual General Meeting Valencia June 16th 2018

Democrats Abroad Spain’s Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday June 16th in Valencia, 9 AM to 2PM with a special local lunch on-site to follow. The meeting this year is hosted by our newest chapter, Democrats Abroad Valencia.

This announcement will serve as the second notice for the meeting and the proposed by-law changes. An online ballot is included for all those unable to attend.

The meeting will be held at: Playground Art Center; carrer de la Historiador Diago, 3 46007 Valencia

Democrats Abroad Spain will have the honor of hosting the Chair of Democrats Abroad, Julia Bryan. She will provide an update on the relationship with the new DNC.   Julia will share DA's plans for driving home the overseas vote in the mid-term elections.

We'll kick off with US Taxes 101 with a basic overview of the process and the added hassles that we encounter in keeping Uncle Sam happy. We will focus on what DA is doing to reduce this burden and a few easy steps that you could take that would help this effort.

The theme of the meeting will be Activism. Nicole Pearson will share her program Black Women and Activism: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round. We will build on this theme to include a discussion of the surge of Activism across the US in the past 18 months.

We will have a wide ranging discussion on how we can all take practical steps here in Spain to our Get Out The Vote.

There will be time for questions and discussion on the various topics presented.

The meeting costs will be limited to lunch and the coffee breaks and is set at 20€. It includes the special Valencian feast. Any donations to offset the costs of the meeting site would be appreciated. We will have a grand assortment of buttons, T-shirts and other cool stuff available for sale.

We will have a short business meeting for reports and to vote on the update to the By-laws

By Laws Click here to view the by-laws

The big change to the bylaws is the addition of a new position called Voting Representative. DA Voting Representatives (VR) would represent DAS at all international meetings, in addition to the chair and vice chair. The Excom recommended that VRs would become members of the DAS executive committee, so they are up to speed with the activities and concerns of DAS. The email of May 15 provided more insight into the changes.

At next year’s AGM we will vote for all positions of DAS leadership. We will elect our first Voting Representatives if the changes are approved.

One Form for Everything

Please vote here and register for the meeting if you plan to attend. Housing info request can also be found on the form.

The DA Valencia team is looking for home stays. They have located a beach house that accommodates 10 which would bring the room cost to 30€/ night. Please note on the Ballot/ AGM Registration form if you want info on a homestay or the beach house accommodation.

Saturday evening is Orgull LGTB – Valencia Gay Pride 2018 starting at 19.30. DA will be represented and you are welcome to pick up your favorite sign and join in the excitement.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing many of you in Valencia. Mixing politics and fun!

Jim Mercereau, chair

Democrats Abroad Spain


Democrats Abroad Spain Election Results for the 2017-2018 Term

The results of the election for the officers of Democrats Abroad Spain for the 2017-2018 term which was held during the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona on April 22 are as follows:

Chair: Jim Mercereau

Vice Chair: Anuradha Ghemawat

Secretary: Tim Lawler

Treasurer: Adrian Heredia

Counsel: Gil Carbajal

Thank you to all of the candidates who ran, especially those who stood for office for the first time! Thank you also to all of our members who took part in the election whether in person, by proxy ballot or by sending in an absentee ballot. It is the participation of all of us that brings life to Democrats Abroad Spain and to the party as a whole.

Agenda for the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona April 22, 2017

The following is the general agenda schedule for the AGM.


9:00-9:30 — Check in /  Registration

9:30-10:00  Welcoming remarks by Tammy Beaulieu Vice Chair DA SPAIN and acting Chair for the AGM: "Trying to keep up with Late Night Comedy Shows”

Remarks by Steven Tolliver, Chair DA Barcelona Chapter, hosting chapter of the AGM

10:00 - 11:30  Panel Discussion "Resistance to Persistance” moderated by Martha McDevitt Pugh (DA Netherlands and DNC Member), Stephanie Lovelace, Barbara Garrity (WMBCN) and others. 

10-30-1045  Coffee break 

1130-1200   DA Spain Business meeting

12:45 Remarks by Jim Mercereau DA Spain:  Whats in the pipeline and how can we move forward?

13:30 Close of meeting. Moving to Hawker 45 for  lunch (Note we will have a set menu with three options to choose from. Please pick up and return your menu form by the time of the coffee break).

Proxy and Absentee Voting Instructions for the 2017 DA Spain Executive Committee Elections

All currently registered members of Democrats Abroad Spain who are unable to attend the Annual General Meeting in Barcelona on April 22 are encouraged to participate in the election of the DA Spain Executive Committee by either delegating their vote via a Proxy to another member who will attend the AGM or by submitting an Absentee Ballot.


Instructions for submitting a Proxy Vote:

1. Please download a blank Proxy Vote for the April 22 election via this link.

2. Print the proxy ballot.

3. Complete parts 1 (your full name), 2 (the city or town in Spain where you now live), 3 (the name of the DA member to whom you are delegating your vote), 4 (your DA membership number; FYI this can be located by logging on to the website and clicking on “settings” from the drop-down menu that appears beneath your name on the far right hand side of the upper menu), 6 (your signature), and 7 (the date you have completed the proxy vote form).

4. Optional part 5: If you wish to indicate your vote for individual candidates, please do so in part 4. If part 4 is left blank, the person to whom you have delegated your proxy will be free to cast the proxy vote how ever they see fit.

5. Deliver the proxy to the person designated in Part 3 (this can be done by hand or by mail or the ballot may be scanned and sent to the designated person by electronically. In the latter case, the designated person will need to then print the ballot).

The person designated in Part 3 must present the printed and signed Proxy Vote to the Elections Committee at the AGM on April 22.

Please note that one single member can deliver no more than two (2) Proxy votes.


Instructions for casting an Absentee Vote:

1. Please download a blank Absentee ballot form for the April 22 election via this link.

2. Print the absentee ballot.

3. Complete parts 1 (your full name), 2 (the city or town in Spain where you now live), 3 (the name of the State in the US in which you are a voter), and 4 (your DA membership number; FYI: this can be located by logging on to the website and clicking on “settings” from the drop-down menu that appears beneath your name on the far right hand side of the upper menu).

4. Complete part 5 by indicating your vote for the candidates of your choice (please indicate only one candidate per position) or your abstention, if you so decide.

5. Complete part 6 (your signature) and part 6 (the date you have completed the absentee vote form).

6. Deliver the completed and signed absentee ballot:

 A. By hand to a member of the National Election Committee (,

B. By postal mail (please contact for the address,

C. By making a digital scan or photograph of the completed and signed ballot and sending it as an e-mail attachment to, or lastly,

ALTERNATIVE ABSENTEE VOTING METHOD: Instead of printing, completing and signing the Absentee Ballot, members may vote absentee by coping the ballot text from the downloaded ballot form into an e-mail, completing all the necessary information (your printed name will serve as a signature), and sending the e-mail to

Please note that if you submit your absentee vote by e-mail, the e-mail address used must be the address listed in our database as being yours (i.e., the address to which this present e-mail was sent).

All absentee ballots must be received the day before the AGM, that is say Friday April 21. Any absentee votes arriving on April 22 will not be considered valid.

Should you have any questions regarding the proxy or absentee voting procedures, please contact the NEC at

Thank you,

Steven Tolliver,
Mark Carr,
Ellen Bergeron,
National Elections Committee

DA Spain Elections: the Candidates for the 2017-2018 term

We have our official slate of candidates who are running for positions on the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Spain.

The candidates are:

Chair: Jim Mercereau [unopposed] : Statement from Jim

Vice Chair: Anuradha Ghemawat : Statement from Anurahda | Brittany Hill : Statement from Brittany

Treasurer: Adrian Heredia [unopposed] Statement from Adrian

Secretary: Carolyn BaurleTim Lawler : Statement from Tim

Counsel: Gil Carbajal [unopposed] : Statement from Gil


The election will take place on April 22, 2017 the Annual General Meeting of DA Spain in Barcelona.

DA Spain Elections for 2017-18 Term and Call for Candidates

Democrats Abroad Spain’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in Barcelona on Saturday, April 22.

During the meeting elections will be held for the Executive Committee offices of :
1) Chairperson
2) Vice-Chairperson
3) Secretary
4) Treasurer and
5) Counsel. 

All members are invited to run for office! Any DA Spain member in good standing is eligible to run. Details on the positions and their respective responsibilities are available via this link: DAS Offices. Please note that the deadline for nominations is April 5th.

According to Democratic Party regulations:
1) The term of office is two years.
2) No officer may serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
3) The Chair and Vice Chair must be of opposite gender. If a male and a female run for the office of Chairperson, a procedure will be provided to assure that the Vice Chair is of the other gender.

We are accepting nominations and seconds for each office from today to April 5.
To submit a nomination for yourself or another person, please send an e-mail to stating the name of the candidate and an optional candidate's statement (introducing the candidate, their background, why they are running and their goals for the 2 year term, etc. ). Please note all nominations must be seconded by another member, so if you do nominate yourself, please ask another member to send an e-mail to stating that they endorse you as a candidate.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Election Committee at

Democrats Abroad Spain’s 2017 Executive Committee Elections and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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PLEASE BE ADVISED: Democrats Abroad Spain’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in Barcelona on Saturday, April 22. The venue and agenda will be announced later.


At the meeting elections will be held for the Executive Committee offices consisting of :
1) Chairperson
2) Vice-Chairperson
3) Secretary
4) Treasurer and 
5) Counsel.  

All members are invited to run for office! Any DA Spain member in good standing is eligible to run. The job descriptions for these positions are as follows:

The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of the organization, shall call and preside at all meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, and shall have responsibility for all activities approved by the organization. The Chair shall sit ex-officio on all committees of the organization with full voting privileges.
In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Vice-Chair shall have such other duties as the Chair shall define. In the case of a vacancy in the office of the DAS Chair, the Vice-Chair shall become DAS Chair until the next Annual General Meeting at which officer elections are held.
The Secretary shall maintain a current list of members of the organization containing such information as the DPCA may from time to time require (i.e. the name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers and U.S. voting district/State, etc.*), minutes of all meetings, and all files and administrative records of the organization. Minutes of meetings shall be available for inspection by members who have not had their privileges restricted. The Secretary shall have such other duties as the Chair shall define.
The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, maintain its financial reports to members and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law (including without limitation the laws and regulations of the United States and the several States applicable to political parties and contributions to them). All such records shall be open for inspection by members in good standing. The Treasurer shall have such other duties as the Chair shall define.


The Counsel shall be available for consultation by the Executive
Committee on interpretive and procedural questions relating to DAS and its activities. The Counsel shall consult with the Democrats Abroad International Counsel from time to time.
All of the above officers will be member of the Democrats Abroad Spain Executive Committee.
* Confidentiality of Personal Data. Personal data collected from DAS members (including names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) shall be kept confidential and shall not be disclosed outside of DAS other than to the DPCA as required by the DPCA bylaws. Within DAS, no person other than the Chair , the Vice-Chair and the Secretary (and with regard to the members of any Chapter, the relevant Chapter Chair) shall have access to any personal data collected from DAS members other than as necessary to carry out a specific task assigned to a DAS member by the Executive Committee.

According to Democratic Party regulations:
1) The term of office is two years.
2) No officer may serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
3) The Chair and Vice Chair must be of opposite gender. If a male and a female run for the office of Chairperson, a procedure will be provided to assure that the Vice Chair is of the other gender.

We are accepting nominations and seconds for each office from today to April 5. A member may nominate himself or herself. If a member is nominated by another person, we will contact the nominated member to ensure they accept. (The nominated person’s acceptance counts as a Second). Nominations will not be accepted from the floor of the AGM, unless the position has no candidate. Nominees may post their bios or CV’s on the DA website or Facebook page. 

To encourage wide participation, voting by absentee ballot is open from April 8 to April 21. Ballots and Proxy forms will be sent to the members with voting instructions once the nominations have been closed. 

Members attending the AGM may vote in person and submit proxies from absent members; with a limit of two proxies per member. 
Democrats Abroad is all about having your voice heard by exercising your right to vote, so we hope you will exercise this right in electing the officers of DA Spain's Executive Committee.

Best Regards,

The Election Committee of DA Spain