An ideology myth to be overcome Public private collaboration in the welfare model


The programmes’ secretary of PP, Mario Garcés, and chairman of IE Center for Transport Economics & Infrastructure Management, Julio Gómez-Pomar, have discussed about ‘Public-private collaboration in the Welfare model’ moderated by the associate professor of the Public Law Department at Eversheds Sutherland, Alberto Dorrego. Some of the issues debated have been: the actual scope of the concept ‘public private collaboration’, PPC; the confusing public debate about privatisations; and the incentives and risks system that regulates the relation between public administrations and private operators.


“An ideology myth has been built regarding public-private collaboration, PPC, which has to be overcome; citizens have the impression that public services have been privatised, but indirect management is not privatisation”

“The left should forget about the pairing that relates indirect management to the right and direct management to the left”

“Public service privatisation is a very discussed issue; nevertheless, nothing has been privatised, regardless of that there might have been mismanagements to be worked on or that governance needs to be improved”

“In order for public-private collaboration to move forward it is necessary that there exist powerful incentives for the private sector, which should be provided by the public sector. Project designing initiative should belong to the private sector too”


“There is a variety of options within private-public collaboration that have to be researched and tried on, and about which decisions should be made with higher deepness and rigor”

“PPC goes together with a risk assumption that should be redistributed and associated to a pay per use and this fact, that the user pays, is understood as privatisation”

“The user will end up paying for the infrastructure services, for providing more ‘space’ in the Welfare State to other necessary allocations such as pensions”

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“Private initiative’s problem is that we have not managed to find a reasonable incentives system within the legislative system, which is present in other compared legislations”

“We have built public-private collaboration models following the criterion of avoiding projects to account as deficit or public debt”

“The risk transference should be real: the healthy public-private formulas always entail a pay per use, even if it is shared, which implies a real risk assumption”

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