The Government has decided to increase the number of public employees and employees to prepare the Administration and the public sector in order to increase the procedures that Brexit may bring, especially if it occurs without an agreement. The Council of Ministers approved on Friday an offer of public employment through which it will strengthen with 1,735 people the services affected by the departure from the United Kingdom of the European Union, such as border and customs controls, sanitary inspection, the activity of representation of Spain in that country and promotion of the foreign sector and the airport manager.
Of these 1,735 new employees, 875 correspond to public employees or jobs of the General State Administration and 860 to positions in public companies, mainly AENA and Puertos del Estado. The Ministry of Estate, with 462 new employees, will be the most reinforced department, ahead of Territorial Policy and Public Function (135), promotion (62), Inside (59), Industry, Commerce and Tourism (51), Agriculture and fishing (30), Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (26), Health, Consumption and Social Welfare (18), Education, Culture and Sports (18), Ecological Transition (6), Economy (5) and Justice (3).
The areas of special attention of this job offer will be border control of people, customs control and external health inspection services, both for the import and export of goods. Other affected sectors are the control of the security in the transport of travelers, the offices of extranjería and the attention to the British citizens, as well as the activities of promotion of the internationalization of the Spanish companies or the activity of the representation of Spain in the UK.
Along with this, the Socialist Executive has given the green light to what it wants to be its reformist road map. The Council of Ministers has approved the report on a battery of more than 60 measures aimed at promoting training, the ecological transition, scientific and technological development and a fairer labor market, to strengthen the welfare state and move towards a public administration. All these measures, which involve several ministries, will be developed in any case over the next months and the rest of the legislature, as detailed by the Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, at a press conference.
«This agenda has structured the action of this Government from the first day and will provide the backbone for the rest of the legislature», explained Calviño, who has valued those measures put on paper – most of them not yet in practice – as "a road map in the medium and long term". "The need to put the lights on and lay the foundations for sustainable and inclusive growth," he added, noting that despite the positive economic situation of the country and the growth of recent years, there are still imbalances to be corrected, such as unemployment and the level of public debt, and that growth has not allowed to correct inequalities.
Now, the only one of the measures of this package that has been effectively approved today is a decree law of urgent measures in Science, Technology, Innovation and University, presented by the Minister Pedro Duque and which aims to reduce bureaucracy and streamline the procedures for hiring staff in research centers and Spanish universities, avoid delays in calls and improve equality. "There was a high administrative burden that made it very difficult to develop scientific projects, and that even made them impossible", Duque has justified, who has trusted that this will boost the R & D system and the universities.
The scientific and R + D + i measures are already budgeted in the accounts designed by the Executive of Pedro Sánchez for 2019 and that must still be approved in the Congress of Deputies. Other measures also have a budget, but Calviño has admitted that the Agenda does not quantify the necessary investment to be carried out, although he has trusted that the private sector also invests in these matters.