Arantxa Tapia demands “co-governance” in European aid to industry

The tension between the Basque and central governments on account of the management of the succulent aid from the plan europeo ‘Next Generation EU’ does not loosen. If on Wednesday the Secretary General for Industry and SMEs, Raül Blanco, made it clear in a meeting with the media and companies in the Basque Country that the Ministry of Reyes Maroto would be the “only window” to seek these funds, and the counselor Azpiazu He recalled in a row that the Union advocated the participation of the regions in the management of the program, yesterday it was his partner in Economic Development, Arantxa Tapia, who came out in step with Blanco’s words. A message that the Basque official said had “attracted a lot of attention” from the Urkullu cabinet.

“Not all autonomous communities are the same and, Euskadi is a completely different territory from others in the industry sector, with its own competences in this matter, and in which, in addition, the Basque government participate in some initiatives that are eligible for the funds, “he said. “For this reason,” he added in a video sent to the Basque media, “we ask for co-governance. We have always demanded it and we see no will.

Tapia acknowledged that it was his own European Comission the one that has located the one-stop shop for the industry in the Ministry, but stressed – in line with Azpiazu’s message – that the community authorities themselves “consider the participation of the regions very important.”


The president of Germany demands to reduce “radically” the contacts

The president of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier, appealed today to his fellow citizens to collaborate with the efforts of the authorities to suppress the coronavirus epidemic and to “radically” reduce their contacts in the face of the imminent “hard closure” that will apply from this Wednesday across the country and it will last until at least mid-January. “We must united and with consideration for others follow this path to the end,” said the German president in a speech to the nation. “We are going to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in a different way than we wish,” he said in a ten-minute speech in which he recognized that they will be difficult times for many people. “The restrictions that we must face economically threaten stocks, lead to loneliness and affect the mood,” said Steinmeier, who stressed that the situation is “bitterly serious” and the measures adopted are “inevitable” given the fact that every day “Tens of thousands of people continue to be infected with the dangerous virus.” He added that there are too many deaths and health workers are on the verge of saturation. “You cannot get to the point where our healthcare system collapses,” warned the German head of state.

“What counts now is to preserve health and save human lives,” stressed the President of Germany, for whom the celebrations can be postponed and family and friends will also be happy for the gifts after Christmas. The primary objective of measures taken “in consistent action” is to reduce the numbers of new infections as quickly as possible and keep them as low as possible, said Frank Walter Steinmeier, who, addressing the skeptics, deniers and those who are fed up with the disease appealed to them to think “of the most threatened, of the many sick people who fight for their widow in intensive care stations.” In that sense, he recalled that doctors and health workers in hospitals and nursing homes “work until they are exhausted and also risk their own lives.” The German president stressed that there are also reasons for hope and that with the beginning of the new year the vaccination campaigns will begin in this country. He added that “the burden that we are still going to have to bear for months will not be in vain. It is only getting closer and closer to the end of the pandemic “and stressed that” the pandemic is not going to steal our future. We will be able to overcome this crisis. It must be achieved and it will be achieved.

The intervention of the highest German president came a day after Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the 16 federal states agreed to declare a “hard closure” in Germany between December 16 and January 10 as a measure radical to slow the spread of the Sars-Cov-2 virus, currently out of control and with infection rates at very high levels. From Wednesday all businesses will close in Germany with the exception of those considered essential such as food, drug stores, pharmacies or banks. Hairdressers and cosmetic stores will also close their doors. Bars, restaurants and cultural and sports centers were already closed at the beginning of November. In addition, personal contacts are restricted to no more than five people from two different households and in the case of some states such as Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg a curfew has been additionally issued between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am. Saxony, a region that has reached a critical situation due to the pandemic, has advanced the “hard closure” to this Monday.

Meanwhile, Federal Chancellery Minister Helge Braun has stated that he does not have relief from restrictions in Germany after the “hard lockdown” period has passed. After commenting that he has “great hope” that the latest measures will help reduce the numbers of infections, he warned that he considers “very, very unlikely” that the restrictions will be widely cut. “January and February are always, with regard to respiratory diseases, especially difficult months,” said the minister, who stressed that, “while we are in the winter phase” and there are not yet enough vaccines for everyone , “We will live in difficult times.”


The CEOE requires that two thirds of European funds go to the private sector

The CEOE estimates that of the 140,000 million euros that will reach Spain from the European program to reactivate the economy after the pandemic, no more than 50% will go to the private sector, a percentage that they consider insufficient and with which it will not be possible to reach the recovery objectives set by the Government. For this reason, the employers demand that the Executive give greater weight to the private sector in the distribution of funds and that at least two-thirds (which would come to suppose about 92,400 million) go to finance the projects of private companies.

“We must focus these funds – because the European Union also requests it – to prevent the productive fabric of Spain from being destroyed as little as possible, and also to modernize it, both from the point of view of the energy transition as well as digitization” , explained this Wednesday the vice president of the CEOE, Íñigo Fernández de Mesa, in the presentation of the ‘Framework document for the recovery, transformation and resilience of the Spanish economy’, a report that includes a contribution, from the business perspective, to the Plan ‘Spain can’.

Fernández de Mesa defended in turn that there must be public investment, since it will be “vital”, and advocated directing a third of the funds to modernize the Public Administration, digitizing it and thus making it more efficient, something that in turn it would help reduce public spending. In addition, it considers that it would also be “profitable” to invest these funds in the Mediterranean axis and to promote the training and requalification of workers, for example in new technologies.

However, the employers assure that private investment is the factor to be strengthened, since the more private investment manages to mobilize from these funds, the greater the effect on the economy and the greater its recovery and transformation. The leverage effect indicated in the Plan (four private euros invested for each public euro) will be impossible to achieve by concentrating at least 50% of the investment in public areas, as indicated in the report prepared by the CEOE.

“Companies must lead the projects in order to ensure the desired multiplier effect,” the document states, which recalls the Bank of Spain’s estimate that for every 10 billion euros allocated to the private sector, the economy would grow three tenths of GDP per year. year, while if that money is dedicated to public investment, the impact is reduced to less than one tenth of GDP.

Renovation plan

Another request they make is that the distribution of funds must be “fast and agile”, but also “transparent”. What would be the best way to distribute this money among the companies? The employers consider that it is better to do it through tax deductions than through subsidies. “They are more efficient, because they are more transparent than subsidies and, furthermore, they prevent part of these European funds from being distributed among ‘zombie’ companies,” explained the CEOE vice president.

In this sense, he claimed to complement the plan with tax incentives and / or public guarantees, especially for SMEs and the self-employed, given their degree of exposure and vulnerability to the crisis. They argue that for every 10% that labor costs (contributions and personal income tax withholdings) fall, 4% more jobs would be created, the equivalent of around 800,000 jobs. However, they regret that the Budgets for 2021 go in the opposite direction, since they involve an increase in taxes on companies.

They also asked to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles and promote a program of structural reforms in aspects such as taxation, pensions, the duality of the labor market, the Administration or training.

Reactivate the industry

Entrepreneurs also consider “very important” the reactivation of the industry and point out in this document that it is “vital” to make the objectives of digitization and emission reduction compatible with other initiatives that contribute to the creation of an industrial fabric with added value to the economy Spanish, as countries such as Italy and France have already announced. They highlight that the weight of industry in Spain (16% of GDP in 2018) is lower than others in its environment and is far from the goal set by the EU for 2020 of reaching 20%. In this sense, the CEOE vice president highlighted that the more industrialized regions have a lower unemployment rate and higher quality jobs.


Religious in Cuba ask for changes to the government

The Cuban Conference of Religious Men and Women (Concur) denounced this Friday the “injustice” that in its opinion represents that Cubans receive their wages in pesos and have to buy basic necessities in dollars.

The Concur, which brings together the religious life (nuns and consecrated priests) of the Catholic Church, also asked the government to take responsibility for the lack of food and the ranks in the country, and to allow the construction of a nation that gives hope to the young people so they don’t need to emigrate.

“That the people have real access to food. We complain about the queues and that complaint bothers many, but I also wonder, if it came to everyone, if the supply was real, would our people have to queue endless? Or do they do it because they like it? Of course not, ”Sister Nadieska Almeida Miguel, a Daughter of Charity who currently chairs the Concur, wrote in an open letter.

The letter distributed via email is on behalf of the directive of religious life, which brings together almost a hundred communities and just over 100 priests, and asks to offer “a stable future”, where “a horizon can be glimpsed that sustains the hope so necessary to walk and remain in our land and bet on it ”.

“How can we stop fostering mistrust, fear, confrontation between us, which as an old friend said:” all Cubans, all brothers “? How to restore the person when we continue to see the human damage that is growing more and more and has repercussions in all spheres of social life? ”, The religious ask themselves.

The letter calls for hope in a better future and to be aware that the change in a “good part” depends on the Cubans themselves.

“Let’s make the utopia of a better Cuba achievable for all, in which it is possible to continue being friends, companions on the road, believers or not, all with the same song, with the same strength, with the conviction that if each one puts his A grain of sand, indeed, a better world is possible, ”Almeida wrote.

Cuba is going through a severe crisis due to the collapse of its Soviet-style economy, the cut in subsidies from the Nicolás Maduro regime, which is experiencing its own crisis, the United States sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic that left the island without tourism for eight months.

The government opened stores throughout the country where basic necessities are sold in dollars but did not set up mechanisms so that Cubans who have no family abroad can access hard currency.

In recent weeks a group of priests from the island and the diaspora have raised their voices to demand the government for the lack of freedom and food that the country suffers.

Father Alberto Reyes, who serves in Camagüey, in central Cuba, published a chronicle in which he spoke of the fear of the regime and the situation they live on the island. “Cuba is a big prison where, if you behave badly, they put you in a smaller one. And finally, as a prison, we feel controlled ”, he denounced.

“Cuba is like a great theater, where we lie to each other as part of a play that no longer needs to be rehearsed,” said the priest.

From Miami, the rector of the Ermita de la Caridad, Fernando Heria, ordered the island’s bishops to speak out against the regime.

“For almost 62 years the Castro family has been the dictators,” stewards “of what was the free and sovereign Cuban republic and its people,” said the priest.

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The Bembibre demands little from Uni and Julbe has a placid premiere

The game of Spar Girona is still far from the “maximums” that Alfred Julbe wants to bring him, but, with only one training and the players adapting to the change of coach, yesterday it was a question of winning on the leather court, Bembibre, and let everyone begin to understand what the new coach wants. And it was achieved with a clear victory by 31 points difference in a game where, with no time to introduce many tactical changes, Alfred Julbe’s style book began to be seen in detail as his few reserves in the time to move the bench without fear of matching two bases at the same time (Chelsea Gray and Laia Palau) or, quite a few minutes, two hitherto incompatible “five” like Julia Resingerova and Giedre Labuckine.

The shortcomings of the rival, where, surely, the most interesting player is Laura Méndez, last season at GEiEG Uni, complicate the analysis of Uni. But, after three busy days at the club and by extension in the locker room, the Girona players solved the compromise once they were banishing, little by little, the misstep in attack of the staging (4-4, in the minute 5).

Working hard on the offensive rebound (between Araújo and Vasic they took 25 rebounds, 11 on offense), with a defense with many assists and continuous relays appearing on the court from the Girona bench, Uni was undermining the resistance, and morality, of the heart of the League. In the 8th minute of the match, Julbe had already played 10 players, all but Júlia Soler, and the first quarter ended 7-16 with a triple by Helena Oma, who, after the three seconds she had on the court of the Sepsis in the Euroleague preview, yesterday he will return to play minutes in the League after a long recovery from a knee injury. Laura Méndez’s activity prevented the match from being definitively broken at halftime, 22-35, but in the final action with Uni looking for up to two more passes to find Eldebrink’s triple it was clear that the Girona girls were starting to feel comfortable on the court.

After the break, the game was more and more downhill for Girona. Vasic (top scorer of the duel with 14 points despite missing a handful of clear basketballs before the break), Elonu, Gray … The Uni players already saw the biggest basket and, with more offensive success than at the beginning of the match, the differences grew until the final 46-77.


The Basque Government requires the central to act in the Port of Bilbao

Longshoremen, during an act of protest.  / PANKRA NIETO
Longshoremen, during an act of protest. / PANKRA NIETO

The Minister of Economic Development, Arantxa Tapia, acknowledged yesterday that “Minimum services are not being met” in the dockers’ strike in the Port of Bilbao, which already accumulates 26 days and could last until December 9. He explained that other activities such as transportation are being “hampered,” which is putting


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Sobyanin announced a “light” option to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Moscow

Moscow authorities will ensure compliance with the requirement to provide data on employees transferred to remote control, this is a “light” version of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which will allow not to close any of the economic spheres, said Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on the air of the Russia 1 TV channel “.

“We demand that you provide lists of people who are transferred to a remote location. We will ensure control over their observance. Unfortunately, there is no other option, and this is actually the most “light” option, when enterprises do not close, none of the spheres of the economy is closed, “TASS quotes him.

Earlier, the mayor of Moscow assured that the closure of the city’s economy in connection with the pandemic is the last step that can be taken as part of the fight against coronavirus and the authorities of the capital will take it only as a last resort. Now the elderly, people with chronic diseases and pregnant women are sent to home until October 28, and schoolchildren are exempted from classes from October 5 to 18 as part of an extended vacation.

Under the threat of sanctions, employers were ordered to transfer up to 30% of employees to remote work, and also ordered to transfer the data of social cards, phone numbers and cars transferred to remote work. To do this, a special service was launched on the public services portal. In addition, on October 9, elderly and schoolchildren were blocked from using social cards for travel in the metro and ground transport.

Last Friday, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the operational headquarters of the government and regional authorities will discuss the introduction of new restrictions due to the coronavirus if the situation with the disease worsens.


ELA rejects the adjustments in Iberdrola and demands its own negotiation process in Euskadi and Navarra

He SHE union It has rejected the adjustments announced in Iberdrola and has demanded its own negotiation process in Euskadi and Navarra, according to sources from this union center have informed Europa Press.

ELA has referred, in this way, to the announcement of Iberdrola that it has made to the unions an adjustment of around 1,500 jobs, around 15% of its workforce in Spain, which will mean the departure of 1,400 employees, and a cut in some of the current working conditions currently, as the free electricity rate for employees by the company, within the open negotiation process for the new collective agreement of the company.

These proposals were raised by the company’s management at the beginning of the negotiations, so they represent a starting point in a process that could be extended in time until a final decision.

SHE, majority union in the company in Euskadi and has a representative in the inter-center committee, has explained that in the first meeting of the negotiating table the company made this approach, which, in his opinion, has no “justification” because its results “have been good”

For this reason, he has affirmed that they do not agree with what the company proposes because, in his opinion, “he has neither feet nor head”. On the other hand, ELA, which has already entered its platform in the company, has demanded its own negotiation process in Euskadi and Navarra, a request that the rest of the members at the table have not accepted.

He too UGT syndicate He has shown his discomfort because he understands that the negotiation of this agreement is not transcendent “as long as the health situation remains in the current uncertainty.” They have also indicated that it would be “difficult to understand” a proposal to reduce salary costs when “the company is at maximum profit.”

At the end of last year, Iberdrola’s workforce in Spain amounted to almost 9,600 employees, of them about 2,000 in the Basque Country-. According to ‘El Confidencial’, of the total workforce of the energy company, 3,300 workers are over 51 years of age.

On September 10, the energy company communicated the denunciation of the current collective agreement, valid until December 31, to immediately begin negotiations for what will be its eighth agreement. Negotiations between the unions and the company began on October 6.

In these negotiations, the unions have also put in place conditions ranging from salary increases between 1.5% and 3.7%, fixed and consolidable, to an additional increase linked to results between 1.5% and 3.25%.

Further, workers’ representatives have proposed a reduction in annual working hours (1,670 hours) of up to 7%, as well as the granting of a new seniority pay and a pay for signing the agreement and a pension plan with 100% company contribution for all employees.

Likewise, they request an extension of the health policy for all employees’ relatives, an increase in vacation days linked to years of seniority, as well as more flexible working hours and improvements in work-life balance and leave.

According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the estimated cost of the proposals from the different unions ranges from an increase of 20% -60% during the agreement, which is usually valid for 4 years.

Last July, the energy company presented a net profit of 1,845 million euros in the first half of the year, which represents an increase of 12.2% compared to the same period last year, and reaffirmed its earnings growth estimates for 2020 at ‘medium / high single digit’ levels, as well as its remuneration policy for its employees. shareholders, despite the still uncertain environment due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The EU demands from London the immediate withdrawal of its ‘Brexit’ law

The European Commission on Thursday demanded that the British Government withdraw before the end of September the bill that unilaterally changes customs procedures and the regime of state subsidies to companies in Northern Ireland. Likewise, he warned her that “she will not be shy” when it comes to going to court if she does not do so, in clear allusion to the Court of Justice of the European Union

The Commission published a statement in which it expresses this demand and underlines that the Johnson Executive has broken confidence in the negotiations on the future commercial relationship. The note was released after the meeting between the Vice President for Interinstitutional Relations, Maros Sefcovic, and the British Minister, Michael Gove, which the former urgently requested. “If the bill were passed, it would constitute an extremely serious violation … of international law,” Sefcovic said.

The bill has provoked in the UK the round condemnation of former Conservative leader and ‘Brexiter’, Michael Howard, in the House of Lords. Tory deputies expressed support for his words. The media have also expressed in editorials their concern about the drift of the London Government.

Johnson already issued an ultimatum this week for the negotiation of a trade agreement, naming October 15 as the last date for the deal. The response of the EU with another for the withdrawal of the bill makes the rupture of the dialogue more likely and that the United Kingdom ends the current transition phase with a ‘Brexit’ that is abrupt.

Minister Gove confirmed after the meeting that the Executive will not renounce the controversial law despite the fact that Johnson had a tense telephone conversation with the Irish Prime Minister, Micheál Martin. The change in the treaty would force the creation of a border between the two Ireland.

«Sistema dual»

The Attorney General of the State, Suella Braverman, Minister of the Cabinet, also published a statement in which she affirms that the “dual system” of the Constitution allows Parliament to modify international treaties with domestic laws. It is, according to Mark Elliott, Professor of Public Law at Cambridge, an “absolutely laughable” argument.

This train crash comes at a critical time for the stalled negotiations of the free trade agreement that should govern relations between London and Brussels as of January 1, 2021, after the end of the transition period.

For this reason, the British negotiators, David Frost, and European, Michel Barnier, also met this Thursday in London in order to analyze an eighth round of talks as fruitless as the previous ones. “Significant differences persist,” Barnier said again at the end of the meeting, but the EU remains committed to reaching a deal given the serious “practical, economic and social consequences of a no-deal break. In this way, at least for the moment, he removes the dreaded prospect of an end to contacts.


The German Government demands the transfer of Navalni to Berlin

A German plane equipped with an intensive care unit has been in the Russian city of Omsk since this morning, ready to transport dissident Alexei Navalni to Berlin, who this Thursday was admitted to a local hospital with symptoms of poisoning and is in a coma. The German federal government demands that the 44-year-old opponent receive the best possible medical care. “The most important priority, of course, is to save Mr. Nawalny’s life and allow him to heal,” Steffen Seibert, official spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said today. Already this Thursday, Merkel herself had offered that the Russian dissident would receive treatment in Germany. The Berlin University Hospital, the so-called “Charité”, is ready to immediately treat Nawalny if her transfer is finally authorized. Seibert stressed that there is a serious suspicion that Alexei Nawalny was poisoned. “The circumstances of the case must be completely and transparently clarified,” demanded Seibert, who assured that the federal government closely follows the treatment that the authorities give to the opposition forces.

While the doctors attending Navalni in Omsk have already made several contradictory statements about the causes of the evil that affects the opponent and they assure that his state does not allow his transfer, the family and friends of the critic of the Russian president’s regime, Vladimir Putin, suspect that it is nothing more than maneuvers to prevent his departure from the country and that he can be adequately treated in a hospital Foreign. Gyde Jensen, spokesman for the Foreign Committee of the Bundestag, the federal parliament, said that “it is at least very realistic to think that there are not only medical reasons when preventing Nawalny’s departure” and added that the federal government must “to diplomatic level insist on the offer of the ‘Charité’ in Berlin to demonstrate to the Kremlin that Germany is following events carefully.

The device that has come to pick up Navalni at the express wish of his family departed last morning from the German Nuremberg airport. The costs of the transfer have been paid by Navalni followers in Germanya, according to Russian film producer Jaka Bizili, founder of the “Cinema for Peace” initiative. Two years ago the same group of altruists organized the transfer from Moscow to Berlin after being similarly poisoned by activist Piotr Wesilow, a member of the controversial punk group “Pussy Riot”, very critical of Putin’s politics. On board the device that has traveled to Omsk is a team of German doctors, ready to prepare the transfer of the dissident and treat him during the flight to Berlin.