These two links explain the re-writing of certain requirements if any EU national wishes to be resident in Spain.
I had heard of these recently, but it is good to see them in print to try and work out what the Spanish Government hopes to achieve.
Basically, they are putting in writing that if you wish to reside in Spain (and register as such), then you must follow certain criteria (ones that are common sense, but have not actually been made ‘law’ as such previously.)
The nuts and bolts are:
- If you are working - you have to provide details of your income (which the Hacienda would have known about before as we are all required to submit a tax return each year - employed or self- employed - or even unemployed!)
- If you are not working (and not of retirement age - 65 here) - you must provide PROOF TO SUPPORT YOURSELF - PLUS HAVE PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE.
I do not have a great knowledge of politics, but it seems that the Spanish Govt are trying to seal every crack they can regarding Expats who reside here, but do not contribute to the system. But on the same hand, I have never heard of these people being a drain on the country, as basically if you are not registered, then you get nowt. Yet they still pay rent, buy food and generally spend money (no matter how it was aquired.) No different to the vast black market that already exists in Spain. (Oh and the crooked lawyers, estate agents, etc, etc who do not declare/avoid taxes and have always done so.)