Prime Minister to meet with heads of 39 businesses

Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is today meeting with the heads of 39 Spanish companies in an attempt to seek a solution to the continuing economic crisis in the country.

The main idea is to try and mobilize the economy and increase investment through the opening of new markets, with the ultimate goal being to create jobs and stimulate consumer spending.

The situation has become more serious since the Irish acceptance of a bailout and talk of Portugal and Spain having to follow suit.

The Prime Minister originally invited 30 companies to the Moncloa Palace for talks, but objections and criticisms led to the list being expanded to 39 companies.

Those taking part are:

Acciona, ACS,  Banco Santander, Banco Popular, BBVA, Caja Madrid, Cepsa, El Corte  Inglés, Ebro Foods, Endesa, FCC, Gamesa, Gas Natural-Fenosa, Grifols,  Ferrovial, Cooperativa Mondragón, Iberdrola, Iberia, Inditex, Indra,  La Caixa, Mapfre, Mercadona, OHL, Repsol, Sacyr-Vallehermoso, Sol  Meliá, Telecinco, Telefónica, Anfac (Association of Motor Manufacturers), Abertis, Banco Sabadell, Globalia, Hispasat, Hoteles Riu, Planeta,   Técnicas Reunidas, Aguas de Barcelona (Agbar) and Abnegoa.

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