The Cercle d'Economia was founded in Barcelona in 1958, with the aim of contributing to the modernisation of Spanish economic, social and political life.

The Cercle and its origins

The origin of the Cercle was established at the Club Comodín in 1951. Within a typical university environment, a chess club encouraged the meeting of a group of young Barcelona businessmen. In the early 1950’s, the Club became an open and unique debate space in the closed Spain of those years.

Juan Sardà Dexeus, Juan Mas Cantí y Fabián Estapé

I Reunión Costa Brava. Año 1961

Jordi Pujol, Pedro Fontana y Felipe González

Rodrigo Rato y Pedro Fontana

Mario Monti, Luis Ángel Rojo, Carlos Tusquets, Richard G. Garner y Guillermo de la Dehesa

Pedro Solbes y Juan Molins

De izquierda a derecha. Juergen Donges, Luis C. Croissier, Fabián Estapé, Ignasi Camí y Miguel Boyer

Carlos Tusquets, Macià Alavedra y Carlos Solchaga

Cesare Romiti y Rudiger Dornbusch

Carlos Solchaga, Vicente Oller y Pasqual Maragall

Carlos Solchaga y Enrique Corominas. Realiza la pregunta Carlos Güell de Sentmenat

Carlo de Benedeti, Willy de Clercq, Carlos Tusquets, Mariano Rubio y Thomas O. Enders

Jordi Pujol, Felipe González y Enrique Corominas

Salvador Gabarró, Santiago Fisas, Pedro Solbes, Joan Majó, Carlos Alfredo Gasòliba y Peter Sutherland

De izquierda a derecha. Juan Antonio Delgado, Carlos Ferrer Salat, Carlos Cuatrecasas, Ernest Lluch, Juan Mas Cantí, Miguel Boyer, Carlos Güell de Sentmenat, Vicente Oller y Arturo Suqué

Jordi Pujol y Juan Antonio Delgado

Jordi Solé Tura, José Enrique García-Romeu Fleta, Miquel Roca, Carlos Solchaga y Eduard Punset

De izquierda a derecha. Carlos Ferrer Salat, Vicente Oller, Juan Antonio Delgado y Carlos Bustelo

Vicente Oller y Marcelino Camacho

Fernando Espiau, Narcís Serra y Carlos Cuatrecasas

Jordi Solé Tura en VI la Reunión Costa Brava

Juan Mas Cantí y Enrique Fuentes Quintana

De izquierda a derecha. Carlos Güell de Sentmenat, Francisco Pérez Cerda, Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, José Lladó y Fernando Gimeno Muntadas

De izquierda a derecha. Eduardo García de Enterría, Carlos Cuatrecasas, Albert Serratosa y José M. Navarro.

Asistentes a una de las mesas redondas de la III Reunión Costa Brava

Mesa redonda presidida por Carlos Ferrer Salat en la III Reunión Costa Brava

I Reunión Hostalrich

De izquierda a derecha. Ernest Lluch, Carlos Ferrer Salat, Juan Echevarría y Enrique Fuentes Quintana

Joseph Stiglitz y Salvador Gabarró

Amartya Sen y Pedro Fontana

Jean Jacques Servan Schreiber, Carlos Güell de Sentmenat y Carlos Ferrer Salat

Josep Piqué y Pedro Fontana

José Borrell Centelles

Mariano Rajoy

Javier Solana y José Manuel Lara

Helmut Schmidt, José Manuel Lara y Jordi Alberich

Antonio Brufau, Pasqual Maragall y Joan Clos

De izquierda a derecha. Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Pedro Fontana, Jordi Pujol, Carlos Solchaga y Fabián Estapé

José María Aznar, Antonio Brufau y José Borrell Fontellés

Anna Birulés. Antón Costas y Joan Clos

Rudiger Dornbusch y Jordi Mercader Miró

Javier Solana y Salvador Gabarró

The intellectual influence that Professor Jaume Vicens Vives exerted on a group of those young entrepreneurs at the Club Comodín was decisive in the founding of the Cercle. In addition, Vicens Vives introduced them to young university professors such as Fabián Estapé, and with state senior management, some of whom were residing in Madrid. Renewing the autocratic and protectionist economic political thought of that time, they contributed to what would be the stabilisation, economic liberalisation and commercial opening plan of 1959.

Therefore, since the beginning, this combination of people from the world of business, academia and administration who longed for an open economy in the framework of a democratic society made the Cercle a unique place of dialogue and freedom.

One of the manifestations of that spirit of dialogue was the Costa Brava Meetings, now called Cercle d'Economia Meetings, which are held annually in Sitges. Initiated in 1961, they became a unique meeting space in Spain, bringing together people from these three areas of the Cercle. With the arrival of democracy, many people were invited to these meetings, and also Cercle members, who, from different political positions assumed very important political responsibilities. It is precisely this diversity of ideological and political sensitivities existing at the core of the Cercle that still defines the institution today, and the attribute that best ensures its partisan independence.

From that very active role in the process of stabilisation and liberalisation of 1959, the Cercle has continued to promote and support initiatives and proposals that have contributed to the modernisation of the economy and society, and to the consolidation of democracy. The spirit of dialogue and social innovation allowed the Cercle to gain credibility in Spain since the 1960s. These values ​​have been deeply rooted in the organisation’s personality and life.

The trajectory of the Cercle since it’s foundation is widely found in the books “Circulo de Economia 1958-1983. A trajectory of modernisation and coexistence”, edited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organisation, and “The long road to Europe. 50 years of the Cercle d’Economia” that captures the life of the organisation until 2008.

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  • 08008, Barcelona