The Minister of Finance and Government Spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, has insisted this Wednesday that the aid granted to the airline More Ultra amounting to 53 million euros is “absolutely legal” and he believes that the European Commission is not going to make problems for Spain for this. “All the file of this aid, like the rest of the aid, it has been done correctly “Montero pointed out, who has responded this way when asked about the complaint that MEP Luis Garicano has presented to the European Commission for the granting of this aid to Plus Ultra, which he considers illegal.
The minister explained that three independent reports were made for the granting of those 53 million and that it is a Spanish company that You meet all the requirements to receive these funds. Montero, in statements to RNE collected by Europa Press, has indicated that the fact that a company is strategic is not determined only by its market share, but also by belonging to a sector that be strategic for Spain, as it is in this case the tourism sector.
“This company is part of the Deck Hub, which needs companies with a type A license. We are in worse conditions than other Hubs in other Member States, and therefore we consider that it operates in a sector that is strategic,” Montero has defended. Thus, it has stated that the Government of Spain It has “no doubt that everything is absolutely legal” and that Brussels is not going to put any kind of problem to what is also an exclusive competence of the Spanish Government: mark a package of aid that does not exceed the limit of State aid. “In this case, these limits are not exceeded,” he emphasized.
For this reason, he has stated that the Executive is “absolutely calm” on this issue “beyond the fact that there are some who are determined” to take into account criteria, “dangerous and absolutely arbitrary”, which are not included in the decree that regulates the granting of these grants, such as the relations of the shareholders of the company with other persons or Member States. “The fact that there are or not shareholder relations with other people or EMember states cannot imply in any way that one decides in a discretionary way to give or not to give aid. The aid is given according to the established parameters, with independent reports that are marked in the decree itself “, he pointed out.
Montero has recognized that “Probably” this aid to Plus Ultra would not be talked about if it weren’t for its relationship with Venezuela and he added that whenever aid is given to companies, “crossed interests” come up, due to the effect they could have on other competing companies. “It would be interesting to know why some are determined that certain companies do not receive aid, but the Government has to ensure that the criteria established for these are met and in this file there is no doubt, “he concluded.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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