The Cercle d’Economia demands ” a consensual reformist policy ” with a parliamentary majority that allows it to face the essential reforms for the next 10 years .
In the document that frames the next Cercle d’Economia Meeting to be held in Barcelona from June 16 to 18, the entity reproaches the public powers for having left basic reforms such as those affecting education and the market on hold in recent years housing, the energy sector or pensions and requires taking advantage of the momentum of European funds to bet on investment in research, development and innovation (R & D & i) and emerge from constant leadership in a high structural unemployment.
In the presentation of the conference, the president of the entity, Javier Faus, has insisted on the need for consensus and to flee from confrontation. And when asked about the pardons for the `procés’ prisoners, he stated that he will convene an extraordinary meeting to establish a position for the Cercle on the matter.
The entity understands that a new political time has begun, it also demands the revision of the territorial model, betting on one based on ” plurality and territorial cohesion” . At the same time that he claims to reject the front against Madrid , a community which he asks to recognize the advantages of being the capital , he demands that Catalonia “come out of paralysis” and return to “focus on being the economic engine of Spain.” Faus has affirmed that, to centrality as a dynamic element, decentralization must be added with a model more similar to federal Germany than to France.
The document denounces that “the capital of Madrid cannot act as a vacuum cleaner of resources from the rest of SpainAt the same time that they demand that Madrid “not conceive of the rest of Spain as its sounding board,” it demands from the Catalan independence movement that “unilateral experiments are not manageable” in a state of law.
In fiscal matters, the Cercle rules out an upward fiscal harmonization and the wealth tax, although it does defend a certain harmonization between the autonomies.
The document advocates a reform of the autonomous financing system “that progressively corrects imbalances” and that implants “the principle of ordinality”. He demands that the parties of “Catalan roots” be “proactive” in defense of a common model, that “by advocating territorial balance, contributes to relaunching Catalonia .” In any case, he recommends sovereignty to “turn on the lights” and “understand that your project, if it is viable, will be long-term.”
Less legal certainty
The document, entitled ‘Reform agenda for the benefits of new generations’ , once the crisis caused by the coronavirus is overcome , calls for “reversing the partisan dynamics” that prevails today so that there is “consensus on basic matters.” In fact, it warns that the current evolution has led to “the lowering of the levels of legal certainty . ”
In terms of social policies, the text of the Cercle defends a decisive promotion of vocational training (FP) in collaboration with the productive fabric as a tool to prepare more and better young people. The entity, which advocates public-private collaboration , highlights the need to increase productivity , one of the great shortcomings of the country.
This is where the commitment to R + D + i comes from, which must be combined with a greater commitment to investing in the health system, given the prolongation of life expectancy. Among the areas in which the country must turn are clean energies, as well as digitization and artificial intelligence, which must serve for a “more efficient” public sector and “more competitive” companies.
From Pedro Sánchez to the King
This year’s Cercle meeting, which will be held in Barcelona with the intention of continuing to develop in the Catalan capital after several years in Sitges, will once again become a kind of economic, business and political summit . King Felipe VI is scheduled to participate in an opening dinner on the 16th along with South Korean President Moo Jae In.
Under the motto ‘The great reconstruction. Challenges and opportunities for the company, the economy and politics’, throughout the sessions the presidents of the Government and the Generalitat, Pedro Sánchez and Pere Aragonès will speak. There will also be this meeting that occurs after the stoppage caused by the pandemic , the second and third vice presidents, Nadia Calviño and Yolanda Díaz, the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado.
Employers and unions
There will also be a large business, economic and social representation, with Ana Botín, president of Banco Santander; José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, president of Caixabank; José María Álvarez, Secretary General of the UGT; Pablo Isla, president of Inditex; José Mª Alvarez-Pallete, president of Telefónica; Francisco Reynés, Chairman of Naturgy, and Josu Jon Imaz, CEO of Repsol. And internationally, you’ll be with Phillip Hildebrand, BlackRock’s vice president worldwide.
It will also be used to discuss the territorial model with the presidents of Andalusia, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla; from Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, from the Valencian Community, Ximo Puig, and the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol. At the end of the last session, it will be handed over to the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, which will receive the 1st Cercle d’Economia Award for European Construction.
In the presentation of the conference, the first deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni , stressed that this meeting means putting the Catalan capital back on the map at a time when activity is reactivated. At the same time, he stressed the importance of the South Korean president attending, given Barcelona’s vocation to strengthen ties with Asia.