The board of directors of the CEOE meeting today has debated the draft of State Budgets for 2019 agreed between the Government and Podemos and has heard the farewell speech of its president, Juan Rosell, who ends his term in December.
During his last intervention before the board of directors, the elections are held on November 21, Rosell (61 years old) has made a balance of eight years at the head of this employer. At the end of it has received a great ovation from the businessmen gathered at the CEOE headquarters, thanks that has been repeated after the interventions of Joaquín Gay de Montellá, president of the Catalan employers' association Fomento del Trabajo, and Antonio Garamendi, president of Cepyme, vice president of CEOE and, at the moment, the only candidate for the presidency of this organization.
Minutes before, the board of directors has treated the draft Budgets for 2019, a debate in which several entrepreneurs have intervened. The increase of the diesel tax, the rise of the SMI and the increase of taxes on companies they have been the subjects that have been criticized the most, according to ABC informed sources familiar with the meeting.
In the end, the CEOE has issued a statement in which he insists that "we can not stop expressing concern because we bet on an expansive policy in current spending, since it supposes an obstacle for the sustainability of the public accounts in a moment of great level of indebtedness and in a context of clear economic deceleration ».
Add that «There is no vision of any initiative to improve expenditure management, but it is about compensating it with obtaining new income. In this sense, an increase in the collection of 5,678 million euros is projected, mainly through taxes on companies ".
The employers stress that Income estimates "are above what is likely, both in the tax on technological companies, on the increase in the taxation of diesel and on the effect of the modifications in the corporate tax, as well as on the impact of the anti-fraud measures ».
Finally, the proposal to raise the minimum wage to 900 euros «Will have negative effects on collective bargaining, whose path in terms of salary increases was included in the recommendations of the IV AENC, in addition to questioning the negotiation framework of the social dialogue between unions and employers ».