With the aim of promoting debate on the necessary changes in our economic structure, the Rafael del Pino Foundation and the Businessmen of Madrid, grouped around CEIM and the Chamber of Commerce, have organised a series of meetings under the title "Renewing Spain" in which the reforms of the financial sector, the education system and the business framework in our country were analysed.
The first meeting, "Consequences of the financial reform", was held on 31 May 2012. The meeting was structured around the round table "The financing of Spanish companies", with the participation of Miguel Martín, President of the
Spanish Banking Association, and Juan Rosell, President of CEOE. Álvaro Nadal, Director of the Economic Office of the Presidency of the Government, was the closing speaker.
The second meeting, entitled "The reform of the education system as a key to Spain's competitiveness", was held on 7 June. The conference was closed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, José Ignacio Wert. Pedro González-Trevijano, Rector of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos; Santiago Íñiguez, President of IE University; and Jesús Núñez, President of ACADE, took part in the Round Table "The entrepreneur in the educational model".
The cycle closed on 21 June with the meeting "The reform of the business framework in Spain". Juan Antonio Sagardoy, President of the Sagardoy Foundation, and Antonio Beteta, Secretary of State for Public Administrations, took part in the first round table, entitled "Reforms and competitiveness". The second round table, entitled "The role of institutions and civil society in reforms", was attended by Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, Commercial Technician and State Economist, former President of the Círculo de Empresarios and Trustee of the Rafael del Pino Foundation; Arturo Fernández, President of the Businessmen of Madrid; and Álvaro Cuesta, President of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs.
The work carried out in the different sessions of "Renovating Spain" was reflected in the 10 proposals that were sent to all the participants and channelled through the media to the
1. To recognise and value the role of the entrepreneur in Spain.
2. Simplify and streamline Spanish public administrations.
3. Committing to Market Unity as one of the main axes of political action.
4. Establish mechanisms to ensure that those institutions that receive aid from the FROB allocate a significant proportion of the
capital raised for the granting of credit to companies.
5. Continue to strengthen the internal flexibility of enterprises, improve employability and employment opportunities.
6. Investing in education is investing in the future.
7. Launch Higher Education Hubs.
8. Integrate all SMEs and technology-based companies in technology transfer processes.
9. The legal framework in Spain must offer full legal certainty to the business sector.
10. To promote all these proposals through a State Pact for Business Competitiveness and the Modernisation of Public Administrations.