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CEOE elected by acclamation to Antonio Garamendi as the new president

Antonio Garamendi has been elected by acclamation as the new president of the great patronal CEOE. He is the only candidate that has been presented to the assembly election that is being held this Wednesday. Thus was fulfilled the script provided in the last few months, in which Garamendi, the first basque that the chair of CEOE, is shaping up as the only candidate for the post of Juan Rosell.

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there has Only been a change on schedule. The electoral assembly was to elect the new president by a vote in the ballot box. But once constituted the table that directs the assembly, pope John Paul Lazarus, president of the employers of madrid, CEIM, has proposed to replace this process by the acclamation of the view that there was no other candidate.

Support of the employers of madrid

it Is significant that the proposal has match of Lazarus. The entrepreneur in madrid is someone with a lot of ancestry in CEOE, and for months it was speculated that would dispute Bahsine the charge to Garamendi.

"I Hope you have many successes", has wished his predecessor, Juan Rosell, in a farewell speech with a low profile. The leader of the Catalan left step as well who played four years ago the charge, when he won re-election by a narrow margin in a bitter fight. In contrast, during the last term, the coexistence between both —Garamendi is the president of Cepyme, the employers of small and medium-sized enterprises, and, in consequence, vice-president of CEOE— has been peaceful.

Rosell has used his last words as president of the entrepreneurs for claim management. "It has not been easy. We came from a serious deterioration reputational", stated, in reference to the time of Gerardo Díaz Ferrán, who ended up in jail after leaving the direction of the employer.

internal Successes

"Before we did an audit [of accounts] ridiculous," he noted, claiming that he left in the treasury about 21 million euros. "We have reduced the structure to the half and we have brought new blood", it has an impact. Has summarized his eight years at the head of the employers are saying that, in your opinion has had the most hits internal that external.

In his resignation, Rosell has been embraced by those who have been for nearly his entire career at the head of CEOE their counterparts at the negotiation table of social partners: former secretaries-general of CC OO, Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, and UGT, Candido Mendez.

On this occasion, Rosell has avoided criticism of the Government or any of its claims, most historical and sound (less taxes, more reforms, labour...). However, he has not forgotten one of his obsessions more ancient: the attitude of the government and its bureaucracy. "We have found some Administrations very closed, from the Municipalities up to Brussels".

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