The King Felipe VI yesterday praised the attitude of the business community of the Valencian Community to face the consequences of the pandemic and encouraged them to continue working so that the Recovery be a fact. It was during the closing of the general assembly that the autonomous employer CEV held in the auditorium of the Jaume I University of Castellón, which the monarch wanted to turn into an imoral injection for those present, yes, without hiding the difficulties that still lie ahead. Thus, the monarch had words of praise for the tourism sector, the industry or the export sector, of which he was convinced that it will once again be one of the engines that will allow us to get out of the crisis.
An act in which the head of the CEV also took part, Salvador Navarro; the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig; the Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto; and the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi. In addition, several councilors attended, the presidents of the provincial councils -among them, the Alicante, Carlos Mazon-, together with various sectoral representatives or the territorial leaders of the employer’s own association, such as the president of CEV Alicante, Perfect Palace.
During his speech, the king recognized the effort made by all economic sectors to face the health and social crisis derived from the covid. He cited, for example, the commitment and adaptability of the Community industry, which, he recalled, made it possible to manufacture the medical equipment that was needed “in record time”. He also had words for the food industry, which guaranteed supply to the population at all times, or mentioned the offer of hoteliers to host health workers and other essential professionals.
“Neither the lack of tourists nor the size of the companies nor the uncertainty has stopped you”
“Nothing has stopped you, neither the lack of tourists nor the limited size of the companies nor the uncertainty with which you continue to live today,” said Felipe VI, who had previously pointed out the “nuclear role” they play. entrepreneurs and the self-employed in the maintenance of social welfare.
The role of tourism
The monarch also made reference to the specific weight of the tourism sector in the Community’s economy, which, as he pointed out, has caused the effects of the pandemic to have been “especially harsh” on autonomy. Thus, he recalled the visit he made a year ago to Benidorm, together with Queen Letizia. “At that time we had the hope that it would be a turning point, but it did not happen”, lamented the monarch who, however, was convinced that this year “will bring opportunities for improvement for this business”, which he continues to see a lot of. future. Thus, he affirmed that “it will take time and, above all, a lot of effort to reach the spectacular figures of 2019”, but was convinced that “we will get there.”
“The invoice for the Tax on Digital Services will not be paid by the State, but by footwear or agriculture”
The king noted that one must “be aware that the road to recovery will be complex”, but also encouraged “being able to perceive the positive signs and ensure that they materialize.” In this sense, he assured that “the export sector that helped you so much to overcome the crisis of 2008, will also do so now, for sure.” And he recalled that autonomy is one of the best positions in the export rankings, with more than 7,700 firms that sell their products abroad on a regular basis and gave the ceramic sector as an example, in a nod to the local Castellón public , where the act was held.
“You can count on my commitment to reach a solution -to the footwear conflict- as soon as possible”
Along the same lines, Felipe VI advocated continuing to promote innovation “as the best option to continue growing”, and also highlighted the crucial role that training plays. “We need innovative and competitive companies so that our country can be so too,” said the king, who also defended public-private collaboration among the keys to ending the crisis. In this sense, he expressed his hope that the measures adopted, vaccines and the arrival of European funds – which, he said, should also reach SMEs – will help boost the economy in the coming months.
Defense of the shoe industry
For his part, the president of the regional employer’s association, Salvador Navarro, defended the model of social dialogue and consensus that has prevailed in the Valencian Community throughout the pandemic and, on the contrary, charged against the reforms that the central government intends to carry out. carried out, despite not having the approval of the entrepreneurs. Specifically, he assured that this is not the time for either labor counter-reforms or tax increases. Thus, Navarro defended that at this moment “the priority must be to accelerate vaccination and, from there, let us make sure to carry out the reforms that Europe asks of us and avoid those others that at this time would only create barriers and obstacles to job creation ».
Along these lines, he insisted that “any increase in the tax burden” will have a “negative effect”, and pointed out that it is a movement that does not advise “time” – since, in his opinion, at this time, it would discourage investment- “nor space”, due to globalization, which, as he pointed out, advises addressing the increases in “certain taxes” jointly at the international level. «For example, the latest threat from the United States Government after the implementation in Spain of the Tax on Certain Digital Services (known as the Google Rate). The bill for raising these taxes will not be paid by the State, but by sectors such as footwear, agriculture or the automotive industry, “proclaimed the spokesman for the businessmen, referring to the increase in tariffs on these products that the US Administration is studying in response to the new tribute. A rise that in the case of footwear can reach 25 points, which would mean the loss of this market for national manufacturers.
In labor matters, Salvador Navarro condemned waiting for the “last minute” to find out if the ERTE are going to be extended and made it clear that “this is not a good time to propose a labor counter-reform either.” On the contrary, among the changes that the CEV does see as necessary is the modernization of the Administration to eliminate bureaucracy. “We cannot continue to press for Europe to speed up the delivery of aid and then for the bureaucracy to stop projects here,” he said. Finally, Navarro advocated continuing to promote the industry as an engine of recovery, although without “neglecting tourism.”
The criticisms of Salvador Navarro for the problem caused to footwear did not fall on deaf ears, and were answered by Minister Reyes Maroto. The head of Industry stressed that internationalization and export must continue to be two levers for the growth of the Spanish economy and that they will have the support of the Executive. «We are going to continue defending the interests of internationalized Spanish companies and we are going to work on the resolution of commercial conflicts such as the one that currently affects footwear in this Community. You have my commitment, you can count on it, to reach a solution as soon as possible, “he said. Likewise, after recalling the opportunity that European funds will provide, he also influenced the work that is being carried out to help tourism and reiterated the Executive’s intention that Spain be a pioneer in the use of the digital green certificate, which will allow travel without restrictions to those who have received the vaccine.
Save the summer
For his part, the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, insisted on the need to accelerate vaccination and valued the agreements signed by the employer with Social Security and various autonomies, including the Valencian Community, so that companies with services Own doctors and mutuals can participate in the immunization process, when doses are available. Likewise, he stressed the need “to save the summer” to avoid greater consequences for the Spanish economy.
On the other hand, the National Police arrested two people who were participating in a protest to reject the presence of the King of the University.
Ximo Puig announces aid for 14,100 industrial companies
The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, confirmed during his speech at the CEV assembly that today the Resistir Plus Plan will be approved, which includes direct aid of 647 million euros for companies. In this sense, he recalled that the Consell has expanded from 95 to 180 the activities that may benefit from these subsidies, which has made it possible to include sectors such as footwear, textiles or toys. This means, according to the calculations you provided, 14,100 industrial companies will be eligible for grants, if they qualify. Likewise, Puig took advantage of his intervention to highlight the success of social dialogue in the Community. He also defended an “inclusive and inclusive” Spain, in which, as he stated, “there is life beyond Madrid or Catalonia, even intelligent life.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.