Escrivá proposes raising the flat rate to 80 euros for the next three years

The Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá. / EP

The negotiation of the new contribution system for the self-employed suffers another delay and will not be approved this Tuesday, waiting to close the "many fringes" that still remain

Lucia Palacios

New twist in the negotiation of the new contribution system for the self-employed based on their real income. The 'flat rate' for those workers who start a new activity will rise next year, but not from 60 to 70 euros, as had been proposed at the social dialogue table, but up to 80 euros. And for the next three years: it will be the same amount for 2023, 2024 and 2025. This is at least what appears in the latest draft of the bill, although the negotiation is still open and, therefore, it is subject to change, as you have learned. this newspaper exclusively.

The Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, reversed his initial idea and agreed to keep this reduced quota for any new entrepreneur, without limiting it to those who earn less than the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI). But in this final stretch of the negotiation, an ace has been pulled out of the sleeve: raising its amount to 80 euros and, however, reducing its protection, since the minimum contribution base would drop from the current 960.6 euros to 800 euros. And this does not apply only to new entrepreneurs, but also to self-employed women who have enjoyed maternity leave, something that is generating controversy among social agents.

This is one of the points of friction to reach an agreement that was expected by the end of June at the latest and is still resisting, so it will not finally be approved this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers. "The negotiation is mature but there are still many fringes to be solved," as the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor, told this newspaper. What's more, this organization, the majority among the self-employed, as well as CEOE and Cepyme called off the executive committees that had planned to vote if they gave their approval to the proposal for the new scheme that collects fees between 245 euros and 500 euros for 2023 and that are progressively increased over the following two years to reach a range between 230 and 500 euros. 590 euros in 2025. "Until there is a definitive text we cannot give our verdict," they slipped from the employers' association, which, however, specified that during the weekend the contacts have been "many" and "progress" is being made .

Along these lines, the new Secretary of State for Social Security, Borja Suárez, acknowledged on Monday that they are at a “decisive moment” after “months of arduous negotiations” and was confident that it will conclude “satisfactorily in a very short time” . The same was indicated by the president of UPTA, Eduardo Abad, who assured that "we feel comfortable as long as those who earn the least are lowered more and as long as the rise for those who earn the most is a scheduled rise and is not excessive."

The stumbling block is no longer in the prices, which until now had been the main workhorse, since the latest improvement by Minister José Luis Escrivá – who cut the quotas for both those who earn the least and those who earn the most and included a new section for those who obtain net returns above 6,000 euros– generated a broad consensus. The problem now is how to move forward from 2025 and define what is real income.

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