While last week’s auction of installation licences for 3.000 MW of renewable energy was very successful, many companies ended up not being awarded anything. So the government has decided to hold another auction with similar characteristics. But this time it will only be for renewable and photovoltaic energy.
The European Commission has unveiled a document with an anual battery of recommendations to improve the Spain’s economy’s weak points. It has asked, for the sixth consecutive year, that the improves its public system for finding employment.
Spanish banks (and their fund management companies) continue to charge high commissions on their investment funds and pension plans. They can afford to do that because in Spain, the clients are the banks’ clients and they are cautious. So there is little competition in this sector, unlike in the UK.
Fernando Rodríguez |The first quarter results from the Spanish banks have fuelled rises in the majority of their stock prices. But analysts are divided over the future market performance of a sector which is showing some lights, like a decline in provisions, but also a few shadows, such as weak profitability.
The European Commission says that Spain continues to grow above the eurozone average and that this year GDP growth will exceed its highest pre-crisis level.
Spain has lost its first case in an international arbitrage court, namely the World Bank’s Ciadi, related to the cuts applied to the renewables remuneration from 2010. The ruling is in favour of the UK Company Eiser Infrastructure Ltd. and its Luxembourg subsidiary Energy Solar Luxembourg,
Spain’s new CNMV board, headed up by Sebastián Albella, has embarked on a big reform drive, implementing a whole range of initiatives, to make the Spanish financial market more trustworthy.
Spain needs to make a definite decision to bet on changing its productivity model which guarantees sustained growth and prosperity for the population. To do this, it also needs to make a clear bet on research and science.
Spain’s Nuclear Security Council’s decision in February to allow the re-opening of the nuclear power plant in Garoña for another 20 years has demonstrated that nuclear energy doesn’t just spark doubts amongst ecologists, but also amongst the electricity companies themselves.
Reforms in Spain’s education system are key to guaranteeing future economic growth. But having a better educated population would also help to fight against rising inequality and poverty.