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Spanish Seniors For Technical Cooperation (SECOT)

PRESENTATION SECOT is an association of senior volunteers who selflessly place their wealth of experience and knowledge of business management at the service of society in order to help boost employment and foster economic and social growth. This is an association founded and promoted by Círculo de Empresarios which, since its creation in 1989, has had notable … Continued

Así está the economy… April 2016

SPAIN 2015 regional GDP In 2015, the average rate of economic growth in Spain’s regional communities was 3.2%, but three of them grew at an even higher rate: Valencia (3.6%), Madrid (3.4%) and Catalo-nia (3.3%). By contrast, Cantabria (2.6%), Aragón (2.7%) and the autonomous city of Melilla (2.7%) registered the lowest rates of growth. Overall, … Continued


Economy and Society Meetings

PRESENTATION The institutions listed below, bringing together a considerable number of business people, executives, academics and, in general, persons and institutions directly linked with the economic and social activities of businesses, periodically hold debates aimed at contributing to the development of and progress regarding the economic and institutional situation in Spain. In addition to exchanging opinions, … Continued

Así está the economy… November 2015

SPAIN Exports, January-September 2015 Exports of merchandise to September reached 186,261.1 million euro, with an increase of 4.4% year-on-year (Ministry of the Economy). Imports also increased, 3.9%, to 204,903.1 million euro, thus confirming the recovery of internal demand. The trade deficit was reduced by 1.1% (to 18,642 million euro). The non-energy balance had a surplus of 2,034.1 million euro (vs. 10,704 million the … Continued

Así está the company… September 2015

Barometer of the companies Investment The Barometer of Deloitte shows that of the 280 companies that were surveyed, 66% claim to have increased investment during the first half of 2015 –the greatest increase since 2008– as against the 58% of the same period in 2014. The principal reasons for these investment decisions were expanding business and technological changes. By intervals, 48% of … Continued



Artículo publicado en el diario El País Javier Vega de Seoane is president of Círculo de Empresarios, DKV Seguros y Fujitsu Throughout their history, Spain and Catalonia have worked together to achieve high levels of freedom, prosperity and security, especially during the period that began with the Constitution of 1978 and continued with the milestone of Spain joining the European Union in … Continued

2016 General State Budget: possible, but we need more reforms to strengthen growth

Recent improvements in GDP and employment confirm that Spain’s recovery and economic dynamism continue to be strengthened. Internally, the reforms that have been carried out and the efforts in the private sector have corrected some of our macroeconomic imbalances. This has led to improvements in the labor market, the external sector, investment and access to … Continued

Así está the economy… July 2015

SPAIN Unemployment, hiring and Social Security affiliation In June, unemployment dropped for the fifth consecutive month, by 94,727 persons, to a total of 4,120,304 persons, the smallest drop in a month of June in the last three years. This drop was generalized, with the excep-tion of a 3.6% increase (7,027 personas) in agriculture. Among people … Continued

The Barometer of the Círculos 2015

The Círculo de Empresarios, the Círculo de Economía and the Círculo de Empresarios Vascos, in their effort to help diagnose the structural situation of the Spanish economy and support its transformation, present the second edition of the Barometer of the Círculos. It includes the principal strengths and competitive weaknesses of our economic and business surroundings, and we make … Continued


SPAIN Registered unemployment Unemployment dropped in May by 117,985 persons (-34,160 persons in seasonally adjusted terms), the largest decline ever for this month, to 4,215,031 people out of work. The year-on-year average decline (-7.82%; -357,354 persons) was also the largest ever. During this month 1,573,293 new contracts were signed (+7.9% year-on-year). Full-time permanent contracts increased … Continued

May 2015. Así está the economy…

SPAIN Growth Quarterly National Accounts (INE) In the 1Q of 2015 the Spanish economy experienced its greatest annual advance since 2007: 2.6% (2% 1Q 2014), thus linking six positive quarters. The quarter-on-quarter rate rose 0.9% (0.7% 4Q 2014). This recover is based on greater private consumption, improved expectations and better financial conditions, and the drop … Continued

March 2015, Así está the economy

SPAIN GDP, consumption and investment 2014 ended with a growth in GDP of 1.4% and an increase of 2% year-on-year in the fourth quarter. The acceleration is based on the recovery in consumption and investment. Private consumption grew 0.9% in the fourth quarter, reaching a year-on-year growth of 3.1%. By contrast, public spending, with nine … Continued



Published by Expansión The Círculo de Empresarios, which is currently celebrating its thirty-fifth birthday, was created at the start of Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. In that difficult period, José María López de Letona, our honorary president and founder, led a generous offer by a group of important businessmen who wanted to express their conviction that the market economy was the … Continued


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