The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, at an informative breakfast in Madrid.

The President of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno, was born in Catalonia. His father, like thousands of Andalusians in the sixties, had emigrated to Barcelona in search of a better opportunity. Now the regional leader seeks to rewrite history in reverse, trying to attract the Catalan business fabric to the south.

As EL ESPAÑOL has learned, the announced abolition of the Wealth Tax, which will come into force this Wednesday, has been agreed upon with a consultant. In the report prepared, the main conclusion is that there are Catalans willing to establish their residence in Andalusia with less tax pressure.

Sources from the regional government have told this newspaper that the objective set is to compete with Madrid for the podium in terms of GDP, overtaking Catalonia along the way, which is still in second position. In other words, they seek to turn Andalusia into the most important economic region of Spain.

This Tuesday the Governing Council in San Telmo will give the green light to a sixth tax cut, which will contain the new Heritage bonus, but also other measures such as a deflation of the IRPF rate. With this, the most populated community in Spain will be the second with the lowest fiscal prison.

Leaders of the Junta de Andalucía defend that with this measure they will “attract many Catalan businessmen who would never consider settling in Madrid.” They reveal that, based on the aforementioned study, they have shown that “the mediterranean is something common” and Malaga, an investment pole called to replace Barcelona.

Self-employed record

The aforementioned sources emphasize that “there are already references” of how the capital of Malaga is “eating Barcelona’s groundmanaging to attract companies in very powerful sectors, such as technology, to establish their headquarters there”. The most recent case is the multinational Google, which has opened a center of excellence in cybersecurity.

This coincides with the record of self-employed workers that Andalusia has been registering for months. Especially noteworthy is that in May it surpassed, for the first time, Catalonia. In August, the total number of self-employed workers reached 565,696a figure that San Telmo interprets as a victory for the policies of the Andalusian Government.

[Juanma Moreno hace campaña en Madrid: “Quiero en Andalucía los impuestos bajos de Ayuso”]

On the other hand, the Andalusian economy was one of those that grew the most in 2021, above the national average. At the end of that year, according to data from the Institute of Statistics and Cartography of Andalusia (IECA), The regional GDP was 5.2%, one tenth more than the national average and nine more than the Eurozone average.

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, at an informative breakfast in Madrid.

Andalusian Government

If the data for the first quarter of 2022 are taken into account, the difference would be even greater: Andalusia grew by 6.8% year-on-year compared to the 6.4% registered, on average, by the country as a whole.

It is not trivial that Juanma Moreno decided to reserve himself for a public event in Madrid, the capital of Spain, the first major announcement that he has carried out since he reissued his mandate with a historic absolute majority. And that he did it in the economic field, where he has set all his priorities.

“I announce that the Governing Council this Tuesday will approve the sixth tax cut, with a bonus of 100% of Patrimony,” proclaimed the Andalusian president to fervent applause from businessmen and PP leaders present there.

“Census here”

Later, he did not hesitate to make an appeal to the business fabric: “It is very good that you come to enjoy our beaches, but Censaos here, come to live, pay taxes and invest here“. Immediately afterwards, he assured that his main goal was: “To compete with Madrid”, to which Ayuso, president of Madrid, replied: “Welcome to paradise”.

The Andalusian administration emphasizes that “the elimination of taxes that are maintained in Catalonia, as heritage” is the final tip to snatch business investment from the Generalitat.

[Los 40 meses que han cambiado Andalucía: más empleo, menos impuestos y menos burocracia]

In addition, they explain from the Board, “many of large Catalan companies have Andalusian roots as a result of immigration and they continue to maintain family ties”. The president himself understands the most about this, who always remembers his father’s work at SEAT, the great flagship of the Catalan boom.

Half a century later Juanma Moreno wants to be the precursor of a new exodus in Spain, but this time by the opposite route. The aim is to attract entrepreneurs, businessmen and large fortunes from Catalonia to Andalusia. The means, reducing the fiscal pressure.

Source: Elespanol

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