Bank of Spain governor defends austerity measures

Madrid, Aug 20 (IANS) Bank of Spain governor Luis Maria Linde has defended austerity measures to preserve the country’s economic recovery.

Linde said recently at the Spanish parliament that the country’s leaders needed to be careful and do not backtrack on the reforms carried out by the current government as other political parties going to general elections this year in the country propose, Xinhua reported on Thursday.

Linde explained that fulfilling the targets of fiscal consolidation was very important for the country’s credibility and also essential in order to “stabilise the levels of public indebtedness and then reduce it”.

The governor also defended Spain’s labour reform as according to him, it helped make the country’s labour market more flexible.

“The rise in employment could lead to an unemployment rate of 20 percent in the fourth quarter in 2016,” he pointed out, at the same time he warned that the country should continue “with the policies strengthening confidence” in Spain’s economy.

He noted Spain had an “important” problem of public and private indebtedness that was not easy to solve, in order to do so, he said, the country needs to grow healthy through employment, investment and exports.

New data showed that exports reached a record high in the first six months of the year while Spanish banks’ bad debts as a percentage of total credit fell in June, both good news for the country’s economic recovery.

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