Small and Mid-Size Countries and their Welfare State

Events / 20.11.15

The Fundació Josep Irla and the Centre Maurits Coppieters co-organised a seminar on the development of welfare states in small and mid-size OSCE countries.  Xavier Cuadras and Modest Guinjoan, Pompeu Fabra University’s economy, finance and management professors, and researcher Miquel Puig presented the preliminary findings of their paper “Size, Efficiency and Equality: Best Practices and Success Stories in the Global Economy” (English version soon available in our website). Professor Thorvaldur Gylfason from the University of Iceland and the World Bank gave a keynote speech on the role of small size countries in maintaining the European Social Model of Economy.

The conference, followed by a questions and answers session was scheduled as follows:

Keynote Speakers and schedule

09:30 – Accreditations

10:00 – Welcome Word and introductory speech by:

  • Josep Huguet, Fundació Josep Irla President.
  • Antonia Luciani, Centre Maurits Coppieters’ Vice President.

10:15 – Keynote speech “The future of the European Social Model. What role for the small countries?” by Thorvaldur Gylfason, Iceland University professor and World Bank advisor.

10:45 –  Presentation of the research findings f the Presentació de l’estudi “Dimensió, eficiència i igualtat. Casos d’èxit a l’economia global”

  • Xavier Cuadras, Economy Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Modest Guinjoan, Economy Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Miquel Puig, Economics Researcher.

12:00 – Coffee Break

12:15 – Round table “Transitions to independence and the European Social Model”

  • Toni Comín, Member of the Catalan Parliament (JxS).
  • Ernest Maragall, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA).
  • Chakir El-Homrani, Member of the Catalan Parliament (JxS).Moderator: Antonia Luciani, Centre Maurits Coppieters’ Vice President

13:15 Closure by Pere Aragonès. Member of the Catalan Parliament (JxS).

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When: Friday 20th November 2015 from 9:30 to 14:00

Where: CCCB – Room “Mirador”(Barcelona)

Address: Carrer Montalegre 5, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia. European Union

Interpretation: English-Spanish-Catalan



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This seminar is a joint initative of the Fundació Josep Irla and the Centre Maurits Coppieters.

This Conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference nor the opinions of the speakers