Tuesday, June 15

Confecomerç de la Comunidad Valenciana denounces that in the 2021 Budgets there is no support for the commercial sector

Archive image of a market in Elda

Archive image of a market in Elda

The Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Commerce, Services and Self-Employed of the Valencian Community, CONFECOMERÇ CV denounces that, in the budgets of 2021, qualified as the highest in the history of the Generalitat to face the greatest crisis, there is no support from the regional government commercial fabric of the Valencian Community, being one of the most affected sectors, key to economic reconstruction. The Generalitat has budgeted some accounts, classified as the most “expansive”, which reach a total amount of 25,627 million, 11.3% more than last year.

Thus, four strategic sectors of our economy The following items are recorded for next year’s budgets: Industrial Policy will have 194 million (increases 12.9%), Agriculture 467 (increases 12.5%), Tourism 106.2 million (increases 21.4%) and Commerce 40 million, of which 20 are destined to the fair institutions of Valencia and Alicante (it remains practically the same, rises 0.8%).

The budgets reveal a unprecedented increase in all areas to lay the foundations for recovery, except for trade, despite the extreme situation in the sector, being one of the most affected by the effects caused after the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The regional employers’ association for small businesses, Confecomerç CV, points out that a reactivation plan for small businesses, in order to be able safeguard a sector hit by the pandemic, which is currently still affected, with capacity restrictions such as those recently announced of 50%, thus limiting its business capacity and the exercise of its commercial activity.

This reactivation plan, according to the Confederation, should contemplate, among other measures, Tax exemption, rent aids and actions for the reactivation of consumption like trade bonds. All to be able to face the serious situation in the sector, in which if we do not act soon we will be faced with a drain on closures that will result in an irreparable loss of commercial muscle for the entire Valencian Community.

The Ministry of Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade and Labor as stated in the budgets for 2021 has 562.4 million euros, and despite this 26.1% increase compared to 2020, the retail sector has the same resources as last year, the allocation being totally insufficient to be able to carry out the path towards recovery and help to SMEs, micro-SMEs and self-employed businesses.

In this situation of economic asphyxia, the Confederation has already transferred to the Ministry the serious situation of the sector, and the need to take action on the matter, promoting actions, such as the launch of bonds that promote consumption in local commerce, an initiative that in other communities and municipalities it is giving good results and represents a bottle of oxygen for the commerce of the Valencian Community.

The budget for these bonds should cover the demand of all small businesses from the north to the south of the Valencian Community. To make an estimate, suffice it to say that in municipalities that have opted for trade, for a number of 35,000 inhabitants they have allocated € 500,000. That same correlation for the whole of the Region, the allocation of trade support bonds should be € 57,000,000, indicates the Confederation through a press release.

The vice president of Confecomerç CV and president of Facpyme, Antonio Sáez has pointed out that “we are facing a complicated situation that requires immediate attention to the needs of the sector, which is currently suffering, being essential to provide resources to small businesses, being able to thus, to face a critical reality right now, in which the commercial fabric is the main strategic axis and which represents the fundamental lever to get out of the current crisis. Trade represents more than 61,600 businesses, which generate 210,983 direct jobs, injecting into the system 4,410,388,632 euros in wages and salaries and 1,181,544,828 euros in investment in tangible assets, which in turn depend on other economic sectors, and which are the bulk of our business fabric “.


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