Madrid-Brussels Express

A little over a year ago, I wrote about the first nation-wide lobbying registry in Spain and hailed it as a good step in the right direction. The National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC in Spanish) had put in place a voluntary register where organisations and interest groups which met with the national authority… » read more

Posted by Elena Ortiz de Solórzano

Spain saw 2016 come to an end with a new government in office and encouraging data as to its economic recovery. This positive end to the year was also marked by the rather unnoticed 30th anniversary of the country’s entry into the European Union, an accession that has brought about much wealth and prosperity. With… » read more

Posted by Elena Ortiz de Solórzano

Rajoy’s announcement of his cabinet of ministers earlier this month received a lukewarm welcome from the opposition as the new ministers were considered to lack in dialogue and negotiation abilities; according to critics, they will merely continue with the reforms the Popular Party (PP) had put in place in the previous legislature. But there seems… » read more

Posted by Elena Ortiz de Solórzano

A week before the United Kingdom votes whether to stay in the EU or leave, the debate has been very subdued in Spain until now. It was practically not until this week that the media and the public opinion have started analyzing the pros and cons of staying in the EU and what consequences the… » read more

Posted by Elena Ortiz de Solórzano

    Spain will be holding general elections barely six months after the last ones – a first for our young democracy. Our politicians have failed, for different reasons, to get over themselves and sit together to come up with a workable solution. This situation is generating mixed feelings. On the one hand, Spaniards have… » read more

Posted by Elena Ortiz de Solórzano

Last 22nd March, the European Parliament’s FEMM and EMPL committees held a joint meeting on the Parliament’s progress in the roadmap towards a life and work balance. It is hard to tell whether the half-empty room was due to the fact that it took place on the same day as the terror attacks in Brussels… » read more

Posted by Elena Ortiz de Solórzano

A recent poll showed Spaniards were secondly most worried about corruption, following unemployment. Not a surprise since hardly a day goes by without a new political scandal being unveiled. Corruption offers of course a myriad of possibilities. One of them is the grey area that separates professional lobbying from improper dealings with public officials. In… » read more

Posted by Elena Ortiz de Solórzano