The Seattle tech giant will hire a team of 50, including software developers and program managers, to staff the center. It says the center will be the only one solely dedicated to developing new services and tools for Amazon’s European Union sites.

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Amazon.com is building a new engineering center in the Spanish capital of Madrid to develop technology for its Old World businesses.

The Seattle tech giant will hire a team of 50, including software developers and program managers, to staff the center. It says the center will be the only one solely dedicated to developing new services and tools for all Amazon’s European customer-facing websites.

It’s the second tech center Amazon has opened in Spain in less than a year, the company said in a news release on its Spanish site. Last year it opened a business-to-business development hub, also in Madrid.

Spain is a growing market for Amazon —and an increasingly important part of its European infrastructure. The country, still emerging from a lengthy recession, has both a strategic location on the Continent and a deep pool of local talent.

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Since launching in Spain in 2011, Amazon has created 800 jobs there. The company is also expanding its fulfillment center near Madrid, aiming to triple the center’s payroll within the next three years.

There’s more: The government of the Spanish region of Catalonia said in December that Amazon bought a big plot near Barcelona, where the local media say the company will erect its biggest fulfillment center in southern Europe. Adam Sedo, a spokesman for Amazon Spain, said the company has signed an option to buy the land, but that it’s still in the due-diligence process.

News reports have also said Amazon in January secured a distribution center in downtown Barcelona to test same-day delivery in Spain’s second-largest city. The spokesman declined to comment.