StampNews.com hurries to inform that Spanish Post has prepared its stamp issue for Europa philately competition. This year's Spain's self-adhesive stamp is illustrated with the sketch of a wooden train that has a slight Scots pine scent. The issue will be released and put into circulation on the 24th of April.
For another year running, and since 1993, the postal administrations forming part of PostEurop have issued the Europe series with a common theme. The purpose of this series is to promote and foster the historical and cultural values of the European peoples through stamps. The first series, which began to circulate as stated above in 1993, was dedicated to "Contemporary Art" and the member states of the international organization disseminated images of their most reputed artists.
Since then, different themes have been used focusing on a wide range of topics, including: great discoveries, peace and freedom, nature reserves, water, the circus, gastronomy and musical instruments, among others. The wide variety of themes has led to the recognition of this series as one of the most collected and popular throughout the world.
The structure of PostEurop includes a working group dedicated to philately that meets periodically to debate common interests and to decide on the themes that will be featured on the stamps each year. Within the framework of the theme agreed, each country is free to design their own stamps, highlighting their unique traits, culture and customs. A standard established by the organization was that all stamps must display the Europa logo that depicts a post box.