Sánchez opens European funds to the public sector

“The LOSS (strategic projects to raise European funds) are inspired by Mariana Mazzucato . There is an error infrainversió In this way, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, defended this Wednesday one of the “pillars” of the policy that must channel European anti-pandemic funds: the materialization of public-private collaboration. “The private sector wins, but above all the public,” said Sánchez in the framework of the forum European funds, the keys to recovery, organized by the agency Efe and the consultancy KPMG this Wednesday.

The Spanish president has once again turned a blind eye to the private sector in order to absorb the more than 140 billion euros that must arrive in Spain in the next six years, the total execution of which worries about a “lack of capacity “. Although Sanchez has insisted that both the public and private sectors are “ready” to manage the money, he has acknowledged that the road to project execution has yet to be closed. Either way, l the participation of the State as an investor in companies that develop strategic projects is a fact, and this is stated in the decree that makes possible the creation of mixed economy companies. In fact, large companies have already knocked on the door of government with some proposals. The employer CEOE has been preparing “tractor initiatives” for weeks, 21 of which have already been presented at the Moncloa.

All this, however, implies changes in the Spanish economy and productive fabric weak , as acknowledged by Sanchez himself. That is why, on the one hand, he has highlighted the projects of “potential growth” that will require a significant investment (green hydrogen, batteries for electric vehicles or 5G technology) and, on the other hand, has not ruled out the recovery of a sector sunk by the pandemic, that of tourism , although he has acknowledged that it will “have to adapt” to the new times and demands.

In addition, Sanchez has not only urged the private sector to participate in the LOSS , but also of the technical commission that will lead the ministry of Finance. A ministry that, as ARA has learned, will meet with the autonomous communities tomorrow Thursday for constitute the sectoral commission that must manage the distribution of funds and projects with the communities.

He rules out the “imposition” of reforms

Sanchez insisted on Wednesday that Europe would not “impose” the reforms that member states must carry out to attract anti-pandemic funds, although he acknowledged that Brussels’ recommendations “are known to everyone.” On the latest reforms (for now in draft form) sent this Monday to Brussels, the labor and the pensions , the President has joined the words of the Minister of the Security Social, José Luís Escrivá , which has ensured that the extension from 25 to 35 years the period of calculation from pension average “will not exist”. Moreover, Escrivá has said that “at no time” has it been on the table, although members of the same government, such as the Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, have publicly acknowledged it.

The Spanish government is sending labor and pension reform to Brussels

Sanchez, however, has gone further and accepted that a pension policy “without social consensus” has no course. “We need to learn from the previous crisis, when counter-reforms were made against social dialogue,” he said, referring to a the measure of the PP of the year 2013 that untied the pensions to the CPI and that in 2018 the same Popular Party ended up falling after having to agree the general budgets with the GNP. On labor reform, and asked about one of the most complicated points, that of recover what is known as ultraactivity, Sánchez has maintained that “ will need to find one balance between workers and employers “.

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