The 2017 National Reform Programme

The National Reform Programme constitutes a key economic policy document and it is annually submitted to the European Commission. In the NRP, the Government announces its policy commitments for the short and medium run.

Employment Activation Programme extension

The Royal Decree-Law 7/2017 extends the Employment Activation Programme until April 15th, 2018.

Measures to increase protection to mortgage debtors in vulnerable situations

The Royal Decree 5/2017 seeks to adopt several measures to protect mortgage debtors particularly those in vulnerable family situations (families with minors, as well as families in which there is a victim of gender violence).

Royal Decree-Law 4/2017 liberalizing port cargo systems fails to get approval from the Parliament

The majority of the Parliament voted against the Royal Decree and this renders the Royal Decree as invalid and without any legal standing.

Royal Decree-Law 4/2017 that modifies the regulation of port cargo handling

Royal Decree-Law 4/2017 of February 24, that modifies the regulation of workers that provide port cargo handling services and operations in order to comply with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union of December 11th 2014, in case C-576/13 (infringement proceedings 2009/4052).

2017 Spain Country Report

The Spanish economy continues to enjoy a strong recovery and is moving towards a more balanced composition of growth than before the crisis. The recovery was initially led by exports, helped by a reversal of the cost-competitiveness losses accumulated in the pre-crisis years. It then gradually broadened to the domestic sector. Since 2015, high job creation, low oil prices and improving financing conditions have boosted consumer spending. Investment in equipment has also been growing strongly, while investment in construction has started to recover. The current-account balance maintains a surplus position. Although unemployment has been falling rapidly, it remains very high, and both poverty and income inequality are among the highest in the EU. Spain’s ambitious structural reforms in recent years laid the ground for the strong economic recovery, but favourable conditions also helped.

Panels of Experts on local and regional financing

The Government sets up two panels of experts in charge of examining and drafting a white paper on the system that regulates the financing of regional and local governments.

Panel of experts on the system for people with disabilities

The Government creates a panel of experts in charge of examining and drafting a white paper on the state of the public system that takes care of people with disabilities.

Royal Decree to implement the desindexation of public goods and services

The Royal Decree provides the required regulation so that Law 2/2015 enters into force.

2016 IMF Article IV Consultation with Spain

Spain's weak productivity performance has been linked to the dominance of many low productive small firms and inefficient allocation of resources.
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Country Report Spain 2015

This Country Report assesses Spain's economy against the background of the Commission's Annual Growth Survey which recommends three main pillars for the EU's economic and social policy in 2015: investment, structural reforms, and fiscal...