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Carles Gasòliba 09/04/2013 Chairman of Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

IPLI held a Symposium in Paris with Dr. Carles Gasòliba who spoke about the ongoing EU crisis and its effects on the public discourse in Catalonia, particularly within the domain of economic policy. Carles Gasòliba is Chairman of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and secretary-general of the Catalan Pro-Europe Board [Patronat Catala Pro Europa].

IPLI hosted Dr. Carles Gasòliba who offered a Catalan perspective on the EU crisis and described its effects on the public discourse in Catalonia, particularly within the domain of economic policy.

Carles Gasòliba is Chairman of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and secretary-general of the Catalan Pro-Europe Board [Patronat Catala Pro Europa] and the European Union. Economic and monetary affairs are two major themes that have characterized his long political career. Dr. Gasòliba drew from this experience to provide economic insights into the Catalonian debates about independence in the backdrop of the current economic crisis in Europe.

Dr. Gasòliba outlined the Catalan economy noting that while 15% of Spain population resides in Catalonia, the region produces 20% of Spain's GDP and 25% of its exports. Catalonia has a diversified economy, where manufacturing and market-related production services account for more than half of the regions' employment. The regions capital, Barcelona is a well-positioned, high volume hub of export articulating a highly industrial region that is the size of Madrid. Catalonia has a 16.5% unemployment rate (45% youth unemployment) and the region is not able to diminish its debts to induce growth. Dr. Gasòliba cited payments to the State, which amount to 16% of GDP or 8 billion euro, as one of the major causes of the inability to sustain growth. He also noted that the EU mandated contributions were only 4% of GDP for member states and member states in economic hardship received restructuring funds from the Commission that Catalonia was not eligible for as it was not an independent state.

Dr. Gasòliba was positive about the future of the EU and ability of the Union to brave the storm of economic crisis. The discussion was followed by a lively Q&A session with students and the evening culminated in an invitation-only dinner where students had the chance to discuss policy with Dr. Gasòliba in a casual setting.

For more information on Catalonian affairs, Dr. suggested the website: 'What's up with Catalonia?'

IPLI held a Symposium in Paris with Dr. Carles Gasòliba who spoke about the ongoing EU crisis and its effects on the public discourse in Catalonia, particularly within the domain of economic policy. Carles Gasòliba is Chairman of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and secretary-general of the Catalan Pro-Europe Board [Patronat Catala Pro Europa].

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