Ignacio Marco-Gardoqui: Disorder of priorities


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The automotive sector is key in the Spanish economy. The 2.27 million cars produced in 2020 place it in second place at the European level, only behind Germany – the first in commercial vehicles – and in the eighth worldwide. Its activity accounts for 11% of GDP and employs 10.5% of manufacturing employment, only surpassed by the agri-food sector. It is an engine of innovation and its dynamism is clearly seen as it represents 13% of the country’s exports. Well, in a radio interview conducted last Monday, José Vicente de los Mozos, the president of Anfac, the employer association that groups manufacturers, complained bitterly about the lack of

news they had about the government’s plans to channel European aid to such an important sector. There has been a lot of talk about the energy transition to electric vehicles and not a little about battery factories and plans for the deployment of the electric stations that must supply the new vehicles. Much has been said, but nobody knows what happens to the Perte (The Recovery and Transformation Plan) of such an important sector.

However, as published by ABC today, the Government plans to dedicate 100 million to the modernization and energy rehabilitation of 42 buildings belonging to the union patrimony, belonging to the General State Administration, whose use is assigned to unions and employers. I don’t know what a severe disorder seems to me, an incredible alteration of priorities. I have no idea what the state of the energy efficiency of these buildings is, but I am sure that both workers and employers play a much greater part of their future with the car -and with many other things-, that with the temperature of the buildings that host their endless meetings.

Since when do we know – or rather we hope – that 140,000 million euros will arrive in the form of credits, half and subsidies, the other half? Have we not had time to attend to their destiny? We have not been able to establish in detail the conditions, the priorities, the distribution channels, or the concession criteria. If so, how come we found the time to review the energy efficiency of these buildings? Who and based on what has decided that they are more important to the country than the automobile sector? Just to name one of the many sectors on which our economy depends and which await the realization of the money that they have to receive, to encourage the investment projects that they have proposed.

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