The Council of Ministers held today has approved new measures to curb the impact of the health crisis on the economy and employment. The Minister of Finance and spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, was in charge of specifying the characteristics of the public guarantees to the liquidity lines of financial institutions, with a first tranche worth 20,000 million euros (of the 100,000 million already approved), especially aimed at SMEs and the self-employed – banks have already been asked to release the funds because it is retroactive, because the government guarantees 80% of the financing-. Other measures have also been approved, such as greater flexibility of ERTE to facilitate quick access to features for workers, including fixed-discontinuous, those who were going to be hired for the tourist campaigns of Easter and summer, and who have stayed on the road; the suspension of evictions and moratoriums on the payment of mortgages; and direct access to the cessation of activity so that SMEs and the self-employed can quickly and without payment receive the benefit. The Treasury has also approved a special fund for the autonomous communities of 300 million destined to reinforce social actions and care for families, the elderly, dependents and single-parent families and have been enabled another 25 million destined for children in situations of poverty and social exclusion.
Nothing has been announced about the main concern of the self-employed at the moment, the suspension of the quota for the month of March and the self-assessments of the first quarter, that the Treasury maintains despite the request for postponement until July of the 3.2 million self-employed workers who, they assure, are unable to formalize in their current situation. “The Government has already approved the postponement of its income tax and VAT fiscal commitments,” said the Minister of Finance. “The self-employed have been precisely the group in which we have put the greatest interest in solving their problems and I think we have done so.” Something immediately denied by the presidents of the autonomous associations ATA and UPTA throught social media. Both Lorenzo Amor and Eduardo Abad They denied that the Government has deferred the tax obligations of self-employed workers and the payment of the March quota of this group, so they have asked the Government to defer ex-officio the schedule of presentation of all taxes., since they warn of the difficulties they will have to pay the quarterly VAT before some invoices that they will not collect. In addition, they accused Montero of “creating confusion” around these measures. Despite this, they stated that They are still open to dialogue with the Executive before the extraordinary Council next Friday.
What was presented after this Council of Ministers turned out to be very little for what citizens expected for today like direct aid to vulnerable groups -through a minimum income– and for those who have difficulty paying the rentinitiatives that have been postponed -at least- until next week due to “technical incapacity to authorize them” -as the Transport Minister, José Luis Ábalos, already announced. We also continue to hope that the aid will crystallize for parents who have to stay home, without the possibility of teleworking or who have reduced their working hours, due to the closing of schools due to the coronavirus, announced two weeks ago by the Minister of Social Security. , José Luis Escrivá, and that has not yet become effective. They argue that this measure requires collaboration and the distribution of resources with the autonomous regions and local authorities.
Sources close to the Government confirmed to LA RAZÓN that, as in previous councils, the strong internal debate continues between the two formations that make up the government coalition. On the one hand, Podemos, with the second vice-president Pablo Iglesias at the head – who has even obtained the support of some socialist ministers -, intends to multiply direct aid to citizens and to approve a minimum income for people without income. that the moratorium on rent payments for the most vulnerable be given the green light and that economic activities be restricted as much as possible, something that the hard core close to President Pedro Sánchez has so far refused, because the measures that They have been launched “are among the most restrictive in the European Union,” said Vice President Nadia Calviño yesterday, the epicenter of the containment barrier to the demands of the podemite ministers.
Today’s measures have been added to those already approved a week ago in the royal decree-law of urgent measures, in force until the state of alarm lasts. This decree contemplated the mobilization of 200,000 million euros -of which 117,000 million euros will be contributed from the public sector and the rest from the private-, a one-month mortgage moratorium for workers affected by ERTE or the closure of their businesses , the flexibility in the employment regulation files to facilitate benefits, the postponement and fractionation of some tax obligations for a period of six months without interest -not in the case of the self-employed-, and an injection of 14,000 million euros in liquidity of disposal of small companies and own-account workers.