While Greece needs more time to complete austerity measures and repay its debts, Spain on the other hand needed a bailout "yesterday," according to Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, former European Central Bank executive board member.
Bini Smaghi told CNBC that Spain must not waste any more time and that it needed to apply for help from Europe's bailout fund.
"They need to revitalize the economy and they need lower interest rates [and] the only way to do that [is] to request a program," he said, adding that Spain should have done so "yesterday."
The ECB unveiled its unlimited bond-buying program in September, aimed at helping countries such as Spain.
"You need to benefit from the intervention of the ECB in order to do that you have to apply for a program," Bini Smaghi said, adding that "the economy already requires it."
But Spain has already benefited from the ECB announcement and
But Bini Smaghi suggested that Spain needed even lower interest rates than it currently enjoys.
"When you have an economy which is in recession, [rates have] to be much closer to the level in Germany than the level currently paid by Spain," Bini Smaghi said. "[Spain] is already in a recession, business investment is flat, consumption is flat, they need to revitalize the economy and the only way to do that is to request a program yesterday."
He added: "As long as interest rates remain so high it's very difficult for the business sector, for households to repay their debts."