The Government presented again this Monday a new offer for the new contribution system for self-employed workers with quotas that would go from 230 to 590 euros per month. The proposal lowers the minimum rate, for those who enter less than 670 euros per month, by 10 euros compared to the last proposal presented to the agents at the negotiating table a week ago and raises the maximum by 25 euros. But with a nuance, this maximum quota will be applied to a new tranche of income from 6,000 euros per month, so the new proposal includes up to 15 quotation tranches for self-employed workers.
In addition, the proposal lowers the now penultimate quotation tranche, that of 4,050 euros per month of performance, which in the previous proposal of the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration amounted to 570 euros and which is now 530 euros.
However, sources close to the negotiation assure that it is about amounts to be reached in 2025so it remains to be seen if the Executive agrees to apply a transition for 2023 and 2024 or if they are applied directly from next January.
In the absence of days to have to present to Brussels a drinkable agreement for the reform of the self-employed contribution system, the Government and the associations representing the group finalize a preliminary agreement that will set the quotas based on the net income of the group. This was recognized by the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor, this Monday, assuring that the pre-agreement for this new system “is very close”, although he warned that the next 24 hours will be key to being able to present it. Moncloa sources point out in this sense that the last meetings have made “significant progress” to reach that pact for the reform of the RETA.
Love slipped during the presentation ceremony of the 2022 Summer Courses ‘New challenges for freelancers and entrepreneurs’ that hosts the Rey Juan Carlos University that in recent days there have been contacts in which the positions between the last official proposal transferred by the Executive to the agents at the negotiating table – which included quotas of between 245 and 570 monthly euros distributed 14 quotation tranches in an intermediate proposal that ABC has been able to know- and the one sent by the ATA, Cepyme and CEOE in recent days as a counteroffer to this last tranche specification.
«We are in a meeting, throughout these days contacts have been maintained. But we can say that we are very close to there being a preliminary agreement (for the new self-employed quota)”, assured Amor, warning that “until we see the horizon of the sections from 2023 to 2025, it is caught with pins”.
“We are closer to a pre-agreement than last week. We have to see how the next few hours go. But we don’t want to throw the bells on the fly. We want to keep the flat rate of freelancers without restrictions and begin to uncover the base for over 47 years old», Amor posed at the same time that he held the meeting at the Ministry of Social Security set for this Monday to advance in the last aspects of the reform of the RETA that will be in force for the next three years.
In this sense, although the ATA president assured that there has been no urgency or countdown to having to reach an agreement before a certain date and that the negotiations go back a year and a half, the Brussels examination will be essential to be able to release the financing of European funds for reconstruction that should arrive in the second half of the year, amounting to 6,000 million euros. This was recognized by the head of the CEOE’s European Projects Office, Luis Socías, when he assured that “the reform of the contribution system must be agreed before the day July 30 so as not to have problems with financing from Brussels.
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At this point, also the president of Cepyme, Gerardo Cuerva, present at the event of the summer courses for freelancers and entrepreneurs, pointed out that the situation does not invite optimism despite the recovery of activity due to the escalation of labor costs and production for small and medium businessyes
«The SME is reducing its margins. Energy supplies have skyrocketed, in some cases the supply chain has been interrupted and profitability has plummeted. Sales do not keep pace with rising costs. Labor in 2022 is approaching 6%. The global increase is above 23% and sales increase by 19%. In 2021 the company’s profitability was 3.7% and now 3.1%, at 2016 levels,” Cuerva warned, assuring that “inflation makes us poorer.”
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