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On January 13th, 2012 the Council of Ministers resolved to appoint Mr. Ramón Aguirre Rodríguez as SEPI’s Chairman at the proposal of the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration. On the 27th of that same month, SEPI’s new Board of Directors was set up, in which Mr. Federico Ferrer Delso was appointed Vice President of this state-owned company.

The Council of Ministers which met on March 16th approved the Plan for the Reorganization and Rationalization of the State-Owned Corporate Sector, which contemplates the transfer of the ownership of the company Sociedad de Correos, S.A. to SEPI.

On April 19th, 2012 SEPI’s Chairman outlined in the House of Representatives the guidelines which will define his chairmanship at the head of the state-owned corporate holding, setting as the goals of his mandate contributing to the Government’s policy, maintaining the soundness of the workforces, achieving the financial stability of the holding’s parent company and that of its affiliated companies for realizing their value, through their reorganization, strengthening and their opening up to the international markets.

After Correos’ inclusion, on June 7th, SEPI Group had a workforce made up by more than 80,000 employees, with 16 affiliated companies in which it has a direct and majority participation, besides a further 8 companies in which it has a minority direct shareholding and over 100 companies with an indirect shareholding participation, as well as one trust (after the merger of the 2 previously existing trusts, which was agreed later, on December 2012).

On September 14th, 2012 the Council of Ministers resolved to authorize the privatization of a 50.25% participation in the capital of the company Compañía Española de Seguros de Crédito a la Exportación (CESCE), granting to SEPI the capacity of Managing Agent of the sale process.

Spain guaranteed its presence in EADS Shareholders Agreement after the agreement made public on December 5th which entails a significant shareholding reorganization and as a result of which, SEPI will continue promoting our country’s interests within the aerospace industry.


On March 3rd, 2012 SEPI’s Board of Directors nominated Mr. José Antonio Vera as Chairperson of the news agency Agencia EFE.

In December, EFE subscribed a number of agreements with Spain’s open university UNED, for setting up an International Journalism Master, and with the state-sponsored Brand Spain for promoting and improving the country’s image abroad. Equally, EFE and RTVE agreed to share synergies and resources, jointly using their offices in some capitals and with the creation of the figure of the ’shared correspondent’ in Buenos Aires, Río de Janeiro and Tokyo.

On December 20th, Agencia EFE launched, a portal specialized on tourism and whose goal is becoming the reference site for travelers, with a multimedia content in different languages.


Mr. Javier Gómez Darmendrail became this year CETARSA’s Chairperson after being nominated by SEPI’s Board of Directors on February 24th.

CETARSA’s commitment to purchase the tobacco’s harvest for 2012 was concluded on March 29th, with a volume of 29,357 Tons of tobacco, 19.5% more than in the previous year. The highest increase, 22.4%, took place in the purchase of the Virginia variant, with 24,168 Tons, thus showing the Company’s commitment with the domestic tobacco industry, especially in Extremadura, which grows 95% of the Spanish harvest.


On May 28th, 2012 SEPI’s Board of Directors nominated Ms. Matilde Galván Vallina as COFIVACASA’s Sole Administrator.

COFIVACASA has continued carrying out the actions required for the orderly liquidation of Grupo SEPI’s non-trading companies.

As a result of the Resolution of the Council of Ministers on March 16th, 2012, by which was approved the Plan for the Reorganization and Rationalization of the state-owned corporate sector and trusts, COFIVACASA was appointed as the Liquidator or Member of the Liquidation Body of the following companies; FCA (Compañía del Ferrocarril Central de Aragón, in liquidation), MZA (Compañía de los Ferrocarriles de Madrid a Zaragoza y Alicante, in liquidation) and V Centenario, replacing IMPROASA.


On June 7th, 2012 SEPI’s Vice President and General Manager concluded with the Director-General of Patrimonio del Estado the transfer to SEPI of the shares of the post state-owned company Sociedad Estatal Correos y Telégrafos, in accordance with the resolution taken by the Council of Ministers on March 16th, 2012.

On December 18th, 2012 the Chairperson of Grupo CORREOS, Mr. Javier Cuesta Nuin, submitted the Action Plan 100-300-1,500, whose goal is to turn the Company into the best provider of physical and electronic communication services in the Spanish market through the implementation of more than 130 actions.


Mr. Fernando Aguilar Viyuela, DEFEX’s Chairperson after his designation on April 27th, 2012 by SEPI’s Board of Directors presents a professional career which for the most part has taken place within this company, in which he has been during the last 20 years the Commercial Manager.

DEFEX carried out in 2012 a number of organizational and structural changes, such as the take over of its affiliated company CIREX and the expansion of the scope of its corporate goals, achieving a wider reach in its export activity, which will make possible to diversify its products and services range towards the capital goods industry.


On May 28th, 2012 SEPI’s Board of Directors nominated Mr. Francisco Gil Ortega as ENRESA’s Chairperson.

The Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Mr. José Manuel Soria, and the President of the regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Ms. María Dolores de Cospedal, together with SEPI’s Chairperson, Mr. Ramón Aguirre and his counterpart from ENRESA, Mr. Francisco Gil Ortega, attended the official presentation ceremony of the Temporary Centralized Storage Facility (ATC) project, which will be built in the municipality of Villar de Cañas, in the province of Cuenca.

Grupo ENSA

ENSA’s new Chairperson, after his nomination by SEPI’s Board of Directors on April 27th, 2012, has been working for many years in the Company performing different positions, the last of which was Projects Manager.

During this year, ENSA concluded new contracts in the international market for manufacturing steam generators. That concluded with the North American company Westinghouse contemplates the manufacture of three generators for the nuclear power station at Beaver Valley in Pennsylvania. For the French AREVA, ENSA will manufacture two sets of four generators intended for two nuclear power plants owned by EDF.

Special mention is deserved by the contract which ENSA has won in the international project ITER amounting to 74.5 M€, which includes the development of specialized welding and machinery trials until the year 2020.


At a ceremony chaired by Mr. Ramón Aguirre, SEPI’s Chairperson, on June 24th, 2012 the first biogas power plant fed with stockbreeding waste of the autonomous region of Castilla y León was inaugurated; this facility was built by Grupo ENUSA in Juzbado (Salamanca).

EMGRISA, a ENUSA affiliated company, subscribed a strategic agreement with Grupo Impulsa for managing industrial waste and treating polluted soils in Algeria. Equally, with the Grupo Inzamac it concluded an agreement for carrying out the same activity in Chile.

ENUSA’s nuclear fuel factory exceeded, on November 20th, 2012 the mark of 6,000 Tons of Uranium manufactured since it began to operate in 1985. More than 70% of the uranium manufactured during the year was destined to the export market.

SEPI’s Board of Directors resolved on December 17th, 2012 to begin the process for selling the companies ENUSEGUR and ETSA DOI, which are affiliated of Grupo ENUSA.


Ms. Maria Teresa Mallada was promoted this year to chairing HUNOSA, after being nominated by SEPI’s Board of Directors on February 24th, 2012. Until then, she was an Engineer for coal extracting at the Modesta pit of the coal mining company, in which she has worked for most of her professional career.

A consortium made up by SADIM, an affiliated company of HUNOSA, and Ademi, with the collaboration of the Oviedo University, concluded in May an agreement with the Colombian Government for training that country’s mining engineer corps.

Also through SADIM-Atex, Grupo HUNOSA concluded on November a contract for taking over the design of industrial safety plans for the Mexican brewery Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma.


MERCASA’s Chairperson is Mr. Eduardo Ameijide y Montenegro, after he was nominated by SEPI’s Board of Directors on February 24th, 2012.

On July 2nd and 3rd took place in Madrid the Conference 2012 of the World Union of Wholesale Markets, which was organized by MERCASA. This international organization is made up by more than 200 partners from around 50 countries from all over the world.

MERCASA presented its Food in Spain 2012 Report on November 13th, 2012, together with a Practical Guide for Pork, also edited by the company.


In the meeting of SEPI’s Board of Directors which took place on April 27th, 2012 Mr. José Manuel Revuelta was nominated as NAVANTIA’s Chairperson.On June 21st, 2012 was concluded a framework agreement with the Norwegian Navy for carrying out the support work for the life-cycle of the F-310 frigates built in the Fene-Ferrol shipyard.

The second amphibious LHD ship which NAVANTIA built for the Australian Navy was launched on July 4th, 2012. In the same month, NAVANTIA began to operate the 3D Design Center at the Cartagena’s shipyard, which means a significant improvement in the submarines’ design and construction processes.

Another landmark with regard to orders was that concluded on July with Algeria for the repair, modernization and life extension of two amphibious ships of the Algerian Navy. It is the biggest contract ever won by NAVANTIA for the ship repair unit of the Fene-Ferrol shipyard.

On September 19th, 2012, NAVANTIA subscribed with the multinational company PEMEX an agreement for the construction of one flotel at the Fene-Ferrol shipyard.During the year, NAVANTIA has repaired in its shipyards a total of 185 ships, of which 138 were merchant ships and the remainder, military. Up to 52 ships were repaired in Fene-Ferrol, 58 in the Cádiz-San Fernando shipyard, and 28 in that at Cartagena.


In 2012, SEPIDES continued managing Funds and Management Orders promoted from different Ministries. Together with the Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Environment it has managed the Fund for Supporting the Diversification of the Fishing and Aquaculture Industry, for providing financial support to those companies which start diversification projects in this industry. Also jointly with the Ministry for Education, Culture and Sports, the Fund for Supporting Dependant Persons, whose goal is to provide financial support to those companies which carry out an activity promoting and developing infrastructures and services of the System for the Autonomy and Attention to Dependant Persons. Besides, it concluded with the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism the following Management Orders:

  • Management Order for the management of a number of procedures regarding the pre-allocation of remuneration and administrative authorization to facilities for the generation of electricity within the special regime.
  • Management Order for the management of the technical aid in Programs for Supporting the Competiveness in Strategic Industrial Branches.
  • Management Order for the management of the technical aid in Programs for Developing the Industrial Activity in less-favored Areas.


On February 24th, 2012 SEPI’s Board of Directors nominated Mr. Miguel Giménez de Córdoba Fernández-Pintado as TRAGSA’s Chairperson.

On March 8th, 2012 TRAGSA was awarded the European Environmental Prize in the category ’International Corporate Cooperation for Sustainable Development’ from the hands of Spain’s Crown Prince.

On March 23rd, 2012 the Council of Ministers resolved to authorize a management order for the forest fire prevention and fighting service in the National Parks and in the facilities and estates attached to the autonomous agency Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales to the company TRAGSA, for the years 2012 to 2016.


The Chairperson of Hipódromo de La Zarzuela is Ms. Faina Zurita Ussía since she was appointed by SEPI’s Board of Directors on February 24th, 2012.

With the start of the racing Fall’s Season, the new management team presents the novelty of a wide sports, cultural and gastronomic offer which seeks to turn Madrid’s horse racetracks into a reference leisure center in Spain’s capital, both for the turf aficionados and for those who are not.

During the year 33 race meetings were organized in the horse racetracks, with a total of 193 races, of which 128 took place during the spring/summer Season, from March 11th to June 24th, and the remaining 65 during the Fall Season, from September 16th to November 18th.

In October, Hipódromo de La Zarzuela was awarded the Prize 2012 from Madrid’s Architects Association for the repair and restoration project of the horse racing facilities.


Mr. Fernando Murillo Marinas is MAYASA’s Chairperson since his appointment by SEPI’s Board of Directors on June 29th, 2012.

On that month, UNESCO declared as a World Heritage Site the mercury mines at Almadén (Ciudad Real), which are owned by MAYASA. At these mines mercury was already mined 2,500 years ago, and they are regarded as the biggest mercury deposit in the world.


On March 6th, 2012 SEPI’s Board of Directors appointed Mr. José Ramón Bujanda Sáenz as SAECA’s Chairperson.

During the year stood out the Order from the Ministry of Agriculture (AAA/1096/2012 on May 24th) with a new aid program for stockbreeding business in extensive sectors with the goal of alleviating the drought effects, and which envisages paying for the costs of the study committees and the management of the guarantees granted by SAECA. In that same Order it is also included the voluntary extension for one year of the amortization period of the loans concluded on the basis of a Ministry Order from 2010 for stockbreeding facilities, which also had SAECA’s guarantee. The effect of these measures is positive for the company, as they introduce a new activity and reduces the risk of default.

The guarantees formalized by SAECA in 2012 amounted to 35.4 M€, standing out in importance the special stockbreeding lines mentioned above.


On February 24th, 2012 SEPI’s Board of Directors nominated Mr. Consejo Benigno Valdés Díaz General Manager of Fundación SEPI.

On November 26th, 2012 SEPI’s Board of Directors resolved to merge the Fundación Laboral SEPI and the Fundación SEPI into one single trust, which took the name of Fundación SEPI, in accordance with the Reorganization and Rationalization Plan for the state-owned corporate and trust sector, which was approved by the Council of Ministers on March 16th, 2012. The new trust unifies the trust goals of the merged trusts, which are focused on developing SEPI’s corporate social responsibility initiatives and projects, in order to make a contribution to the country’s social, economic and environmental betterment.More than 900 graduates benefited in 2012 of the scholarships managed by Fundación SEPI.

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