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Marta Espasa, researcher at the IEB, appointed a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the new Catalan government

The Advisory Council has been set up to guide the process of reactivating the Catalan economy. Chaired by Salvador Alemany, the council will meet every fortnight to advise the Catalan government (Generalitat) on economic matters On Friday February 11, 2011, at the Palace of the Generalitat, the Catalan government set up a new Advisory Council for Economic Reactivation and Growth. This body comprises 15 leading figures from the academic, business and professional worlds, among them Marta Espasa, researcher at the Barcelona Economics Institute (IEB) and lecturer at the University of Barcelona (UB), and Germà Bel, Professor of Applied Economics at the UB.

The aim of the advisory council to the President of the Generalitat, which will meet every fortnight, is to guide the process of reactivating the Catalan economy. Its functions are to advise the government on economic policy, propose action in response to the economy’s evolution, support the negotiations of the government or the parliament at home and abroad, and carry out research for policy proposals.

The advisory council is chaired by Salvador Alemany, president of the Abertis group and the Cercle d’Economia. Its other members include Oriol Amat, Professor in Financial Economics and Accountancy at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF); Eugènia Bieto, Director General of ESADE; Joan B. Casas, Dean of the Association of Economists of Catalonia; Jordi Galí, Director of CREI (UPF); Alicia Granados, President of the Social Council of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB); Jordi Gual, Assistant Manager and economist at La Caixa and lecturer at IESE; Guillem López Casasnovas, Professor in Public Economics at the UPF and independent adviser to the Bank of Spain; Joan Majó, president of the Circle of Knowledge; César Molins, Managing Director of AMES S.A.; Heribert Padrol, Head of the Tax Area of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados; Joan Prat, General Secretary of the Association of Electrical Companies (ASEME); Carles Tusquets, President of the Banco Mediolanum Group; and Xavier Vives, lecturer in Economics and Finance at the IESE.

The coordination team is formed by Antoni Brunet, Corporate Director of Studies and Communication of Abertis and member of the Executive Commission of the Foundation of the Barcelona Economics Institute, and Joan Ramon Rovira Homs, manager of the Cabinet of Economic Studies of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. The secretary is Joaquim Triadú, partner and director of the Legal and Fiscal Service at PWC.

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