Spain: From Recovery to Resilience

April 3, 2018

The conference aims to draw lessons, including for Europe, from Spain’s crisis responses and discuss policy options that ensure a sustained and inclusive economic path forward. The conference will bring together economists and analysts from academia, think tanks, and policy making institutions from inside and outside Spain.

The conference is open to the media and will be webcast.





Opening speech: Governor Luis M. Linde (Banco de España)


Session 1: Lowering Fiscal Vulnerabilities (Background document)

Chair: Myriam Fernández de Heredia 

  • Servaas Deroose (Deputy Director-General, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission)
  • José Luis Escrivá (President of the Spanish Fiscal Council AIReF)
  • Alberto Nadal (State Secretary for Budgets and Expenditure. Ministry of Finance and Public Functions, Spain)


Coffee break


Session 2: Reducing High Structural Unemployment and Labor Market Duality (Background document)

Chair: Olympia Bover (Banco de España)

  • Samuel Bentolila (CEMFI)
  • Carlos Martín Urriza (Head of CCOO Economic Department)
  • Stefano Scarpetta (Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD)


Keynote speech and Q&A: David Lipton (First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund)




Session 3: Raising Medium-Term Growth Prospects (Background document)

Chair: Carmen Herrero (Universidad de Alicante)

  • Diego Comin (Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College)
  • Sylvie Goulard (Deputy Governor, Banque de France)
  • Jorge Padilla (Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics)


Coffee break


Panel discussion: Completing the Banking Union (Background document)

Chair: Poul Thomsen (Director European Department, International Monetary Fund)

  • Elke König (Chair, Single Resolution Board)
  • Geert-Jan Koopman (Deputy Director-General, DG Competition, European Commission)
  • Luis M. Linde (Governor, Banco de España)
  • Yves Mersch (Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank)


Closing remarks