Last March the Government announced a package of 7,000 million euros in direct aid for the self-employed and SMEs. Six months later, the Vice President of Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño, has advanced that the Government will approve a “clarification” to the decree law that announced these aid so that the autonomous communities, in charge of the management of this fund, can launch nNew calls to reach more potential beneficiaries.
Joaquín Prat was very upset this Monday after listening to the minister: “Only a little more than 2,000 million euros have been awarded and there are almost 5,000 million euros still to be given.” The presenter of Mediaset did not hesitate to criticize the delay in the distribution of these aid. “Nadia Calviño announced today that she is preparing (hey? We’re in September!) A plan to clarify (hey!) The conditions for accessing these funds”.
Prat denounces the delay in aid, while there are businesses that are going bankrupt
The presenter, completely outraged, regretted that six months after the announcement there are almost 5,000 million euros still in the box, while many freelancers and small companies are being forced to close their businesses. Prat, aware of how difficult it is to get ahead as a small and medium businessman in Spain, publicly expressed solidarity with all of them. “It must be that like all those who distribute aid they are not waiting for it”, he lamented in ‘Four a day’.
“They promised in March, hey? And this is September, hey?”, stressed repeatedly. “Those who are waiting for this aid repeatedly complain about delays in receiving it, while their business bleeds out or goes bankrupt.”
According to Javier Ruiz, “what we have had has been the ‘fiasco’ of the aid. 7,000 million euros were announced, but there are clauses that make it practically impossible for many companies to access these aids, such as not having debts with the administration, with Social Security … For this reason, these aid are being deserted. Nobody qualifies to receive that money. ”
In his words, “two out of every three euros will not reach the self-employed due to the complexity of the requirements.” However, this “fiasco” is not the same in all the autonomous regions: “There are three where it has worked quite well: the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Castilla-La Mancha. Small businesses, those that have had to go into debt -for whom these aid were intended- do not qualify and that is the reason why in Asturias, for example, only 4% of the aid has been granted, which means that the 96% of those aid will be deserted “.