Barcelona, Aug 9 (EFE) .- The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, assured this Sunday that “there is will and consensus” both on the part of the social agents and the Government to extend the Temporary Regulatory Files of Employment (ERTE) beyond September 30.
In an interview published in El Periódico, he explained that it will be within the framework of social dialogue where a date is set for this extension.
The minister has assured that tourism “is recovering slowly”, but has said that, although they are controlling the outbreaks, they reduce consumer confidence.
He has also recognized that “it is going to be a bad year” after the first issuing country, the United Kingdom, has imposed a quarantine on travelers coming from Spain or the recommendations of several countries not to travel to ours.
According to Maroto, tourism is going to be one of the sectors that will receive the most aid from the investment and reform plan and has explained that there will be two specific plans for the Canary and Balearic Islands and a general investment plan with which to withstand the impact of COVID-19 and address the major transformations in the sector.
Regarding the 7.5 billion euros that the Minister for Business, Àngels Chacón, requested for the Catalan tourism sector, Maroto has pointed out that the European recovery fund will be distributed according to projects, not the weight of the population or the GDP of the community, and that there will even be projects of different autonomies.
Maroto has also explained that, at present, 110 million masks are manufactured in Spain per month and before the pandemic there were less than 100,000.
Regarding the closings of Nissan and Aldecoa, the minister explained that they are companies that have failed to make a qualitative leap, change the model and bet on new products and innovative processes.
He has affirmed that they have projects to reindustrialize Nissan, “we are moving forward”, he added, although he did not want to give more details so as not to generate “false expectations”.
The minister considers that the commitment assumed by the company not to close until the end of 2021 is an “exercise of responsibility, but it is its obligation to seek reindustrialization projects in the plants.”
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