Spain Economic Snapshot

Economic Forecast Summary (May 2021)

As vaccination advances and restrictions are progressively lifted, economic activity will pick up strongly. GDP is projected to grow by 5.9% in 2021 and 6.3% in 2022, supported by pent-up demand, the national recovery plan and a gradual pick-up of tourism. Reduced uncertainty will lead to a sharp decline in precautionary saving and support private consumption. Investment is expected to pick up significantly from the second half of 2021 as expectations improve and the Next Generation EU funds provide additional support.

Economic Survey of Spain - 27 May 2021

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Reform Priorities (April 2021)

Going for Growth 2021 - Spain

A strong, resilient and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 crisis requires improving productivity growth, by boosting digitalisation, innovation, and investment in intangible capital. It also requires addressing long-standing structural problems in the labour markets, reinforced by the pandemic: high unemployment, insufficient skills, large regional variation and a large share of workers on non-regular contracts.

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2021 Structural Reform Priorities

  • Competition and regulation: Eliminate regulatory barriers that depend on the size of firms and barriers to operating across regions
  • R&D and digitalisation: Increase R&D spending to boost innovation and productivity growth
  • Education and skills: Improve basic skills and align them with labour market needs
  • Labour market: Improve activation policies and reduce the use of temporary contracts
  • Tax system: Improve the effectiveness of the tax system


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