The Government agrees with the unions and employers to mobilize more than 1,000 million euros in aid to companies, freelancers and workers in ERTE. Much of these funds, 993.2 million, come from the direct aid item authorized by the Government Aimed at the sectors most affected by Covid-19 and that the Catalan executive has expanded to 191.

The amounts will be 3,000 euros for entrepreneurs that apply the objective estimation regime of personal income tax and of 4,000 to 200,000 euros for those that apply the direct estimation regime and that demonstrate that they have lost 30% of turnover in 2020.

In addition, 60 million will be allocated for employees in ERTE and permanent discontinuous workers, which can be requested through a responsible declaration and digital signature. In the latter case, the amount will vary depending on the length of stay from January 1, 2021. In this way, workers with suspended work for up to 3 months will receive 600 euros of aid; and those who have been in ERTE for between 4 to 5 months, 700 euros.

The Prime Minister, Pere Aragonès, has ensured that “a wide range of sectors” will benefit from the aid, designed so that “nobody is left behind”. “The objective of the agreement is clear: to rescue the productive fabric of Catalonia and protect jobs,” he said in a speech at the Palau de la Generalitat.

The Minister of Business and Labor, Roger Torrent, has assured that the order will be published in the next few days and the beneficiaries will receive this aid “before the end of July”.

In addition, a verification plan for the criteria and supporting documents will be approved by the competent department and a posteriori control control, with the requirement of being in this situation in May 2021, being the observation period from January 1, 2021.

The Government has committed to articulate a “agile and fast” procedure from a form of previous registration and an order of regulatory bases of the aid.

In addition, the Generalitat will make an extraordinary call to extend the direct aid to companies that are not included in the initial list, but that are part of the value chain of these sectors and have seen their turnover drop significantly, although the budget allocation has not been specified.

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