The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, pledged yesterday to approve “as soon as possible” a plan to revive the automotive sector, particularly hard-hit by the crisis of the coronavirus and shaken by the recent announcement of the closure of Nissan in Barcelona.
According to the head of the Executivethis package of aid to the auto industry, which will be agreed with the social partners, “will help to accelerate the transition of the industry towards the manufacture and sale of motor vehicles “clean and sustainable”. In his appearance from the Moncloathe president defined the automotive industry as a strategic sector for Spain and moved that the Council of Ministers give the green light to this plan soon.
Among its objectives, Sánchez highlighted the renewal of the vehicle fleet towards a more modern and efficient, to stimulate the investment to gain competitiveness and to manufacture vehicles in the country, as well as to promote research, development and innovation (R+D+i). In addition, the president announced changes in taxation in the sector, guarantees of liquidity and funding for companies in the industry and new employment measures.
The plan will also address aspects such as the harmonization of the various measures on mobility, the so-called “hydrogen green,” the value chain of batteries for electric cars and the use of information technologies for the “new mobility”.
The white house wants to promote the manufacturing of cars, “clean and sustainable”
Next to the automotive industry, Sanchez pointed to tourism as another sector, the “key” that has to be re-launched “immediate”. Not in vain, automotive, and tourism will be two of the core areas of the investment plan to revive the economy that the Government will present in Brussels to manage the 140,000 million that the european recovery reserve for Spain.
Sanchez explained that the economic recovery measures that prepares the Executive will be aligned with the designed Europe, where, according to noted president, Spain has played a role of “active leadership”, which has helped to achieve agreements as “unprecedented” as the easing of criteria of deficit, the programme of purchase of public debt of the ECB by the 750,000 million and the triple network of european security for 550.000 million.
In this context framed the proposal of the European Commission increase your budget to $ 1.1 trillion and create a recovery fund endowed with 750.000 million, of which Spain would be one of the main beneficiaries with approximately 140,000 million “successful negotiations”.
Part of the stimulus measures will focus on industry and tourism
In particular, Spain would have access to 140.446 million euros from the recovery fund as proposed by the European Commission to relaunch the economy after the pandemic, of which 77.324 million would come through direct transfers and the rest as loans to return.
Sanchez pointed out that Spain would be part of that amount to reactivate the most affected sectors, such as those mentioned in the tourism, transport and automotive. It is, however, a proposal of Brussels that now must be discussed by the heads of State and Government and agreed with the The European Parliament, so that the figures that contemplate the final agreement on the plan of reconstruction could be different.
Two exdirectores of the Fira criticize Canadell
The directors of the Fira de Barcelona between 1990 and 2001, Ferran Lemus and Adolf Cabrujahave sent a letter to the president of the Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona, Joan Canadellin that reference a tweet in which she reproduced a message of a course exdirectivo of Nissan blamed the central Government of the progress of Nissan. “To say that the Government of Madrid is the culprit of the march of Nissan, it is not only nonsense, but is also a rudeness”, they said in their letter Lemus and Cabruja.
The two executives say that their industry knowledge is endorsed by the more than 10 years who were directors of the Fira where they had the Lounge
Car. “More than 10 years ago that Nissan has structural problems and precisely for that reason, trade unions, Government, Consorci de la Zona Francaand to some extent the Generalitatwith a lower profile, have made efforts to avoid what finely has occurred,” say the exejecutivos of the Fira in the letter. In the letter, Lemus and Cabruja facing Canadell it is necessary to “find positions of understanding that bring together all the institutions”. In relation to this matter state: “We will be asking ourselves about the role that you are playing in the Chamber beyond his inappropriate statements.”
Professionals point out that “we feel a deep disappointment at the manner in which it is driving the institutional management of the Chamber”. In his opinion ,“the institution deserves a language that is inclusive, transparent, objective and rigorous for the sake of the companies and the Catalan business and consequently of the workers, regardless of the beliefs emotional of each one.”