15/06/2021 – 17:18
The Minister of Employment and Industry, Ana Carlota Amigo, has chaired this morning the meeting of the Castilian and Leonese Council of Commerce that has agreed to introduce, exceptionally, a small modification in the opening calendar of Sundays and holidays for this year allowing companies in the sector choose to open on August 16 or November 28 (Black Friday).
This decision, which is exceptional in nature, aims to contribute to the economic recovery of one of the sectors that has suffered the greatest impact from the crisis Covid-19 health system and that it has not been able to make use of part of the opening days established in the 2020 and 2021 calendar Specifically, shopping centers and establishments with more than 2,500 m2 of retail space were restricted in their openings in the months of November and part of December, as well as from mid-January to March 9, 2021, which has meant that non-essential trade has had opening restrictions for 181 days.
The agreement does not alter the total number of holidays in which the opening will be allowed, which stays within the established ten days in the order that regulates the opening calendar of Sundays and holidays (minimum allowed by State regulation); However, it enables commercial establishments in the Community to opt for the opening of August 16 (holiday Monday) initially contemplated or move that opening day to November 28, domingo del Black Friday.
The agreement, which responds to the request made by the National Association of Large Distribution Companies (ANGED-Castilla y León), aims to allow companies in the sector to choose the opening day based on sales priorities and expectations, thus contributing to to recover in part the losses suffered throughout the past year as a result of the pandemic.
The Council has also undertaken to study the proposal made by the Association of Supermarkets of Castilla y León (ASUCYL), in the sense of modifying the regulations for the preparation of the annual calendar of Sundays and authorized opening holidays. The request aims to make the calendar more flexible and adapted to the needs of each commercial format depending on the commercial attractiveness of the possible opening days.
Trade and Crafts Awards
The Minister of Employment and Industry has also informed the members of the Council of the process of elaboration and processing of the decree that will regulate the new Trade and Crafts Awards of Castilla y León, which will replace the current Traditional Trade Awards established by the Junta de Castilla y León in 2001.
This new regulation, which has already been submitted to prior public consultation, aims, on the one hand, to recognize the work of the craft sector in Castilla y León, helping to promote and disseminate the effort, quality and excellence of the work carried out by the artisans and artisan workshops of the Community. On the other hand, it is intended to adapt the regulation of trade awards to the evolution of the sector by introducing new recognition criteria in matters such as digitization, modernization and competitiveness.
The proposal of the General Directorate of Commerce and Consumption requires establishing four modalities recognition for each of the two sectors independently. Thus, for the commerce sector, the categories of ‘Prize for commercial digitization’, ‘Prize for professional career’, ‘Prize for commercial initiative’ and ‘Prize for the worker of the commercial sector of Castilla y León would be established. ‘. Meanwhile, the craft awards would establish the following categories: ‘Award for artisan career’, ‘Artisan product award’, ‘Artisan innovation award’ and ‘Craft promotion award’.