The president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, during his participation in the courses of the Association of Economic Information Journalists (APIE) of the Menéndez Pelayo International University, this Thursday in Santander.
The president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, during his participation in the courses of the Association of Economic Information Journalists (APIE) of the Menéndez Pelayo International University, this Thursday in Santander.Pedro Puente Hoyos (EFE)

The CEOE has prepared a document with 100 proposals for the Government that will leave the polls on July 23, among which a whole battery of fiscal measures stand out, such as lowering the Corporate Tax, Personal Income Tax and Inheritance Tax and Donations, abolish the Wealth Tax and avoid the creation of new fiscal figures.

The document, of some 30 pages ratified this Wednesday by the Executive Committee of the employers’ association, also makes a fiery defense of the value of companies as the “main guarantee” for the growth of the Spanish economy, in the face of criticism received by businessmen from some members of the Government during this legislature.

For CEOE, it is “a demand for respect for the thousands of men and women in Spain who risk their resources and put their savings at stake to turn them into more activity, more employment and more public income with which to sustain the well-being of all ”.

In his opinion, this boost to entrepreneurship should be articulated around the “recognition and pride” of the figure of the business community; the promotion of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial vocations among young people; the communication of the impact and value contribution of entrepreneurs; and the reinforcement of the link between companies, education and training.

The document, titled 100 Business Prioritiesis articulated around seven axes that CEOE considers essential to structure the economic policies of the coming years and guarantee the growth of the economy and job creation.

One of these axes is the one referring to the reduction of the fiscal pressure, which involves lowering the Corporate Tax and Personal Income Tax and creating a system of tax incentives for investment for job creation, stability and simplicity of the instruments support for R+D+i.

Likewise, it proposes the reduction of Social Security contributions, the elimination of the Wealth Tax or the reduction of the Inheritance and Donations Tax. The CEOE also demands to “avoid” the creation of new taxes, in clear reference to the approval of this legislature of the new taxes on energy companies, banks or large fortunes. The text also highlights employment as a basic pillar of competitiveness. In this area, CEOE claims collective bargaining as a guarantee of quality in employment, “which should have a greater regulatory role, limiting the function of the legislator to what is strictly necessary”.

Unemployment assistance compatible with a job

Likewise, it requests an “in-depth” reform of the public employment services that encourages public-private collaboration; the linking of active and passive employment policies; or the adequate integration of the level of unemployment assistance with the Minimum Vital Income and facilitate its compatibility with work.

The employers’ association also demands a greater connection of educational and training policies and proposes a Global Qualification and Training Strategy that rationalizes and integrates all the instruments related to talent management. “This also demands reforming the current model of Vocational Training for Employment, continuing with the development of the Vocational Training reform, which has incorporated the dual nature in all Vocational Training, and, furthermore, advancing in the university reform , with a greater approach of the university to the company”, adds the CEOE document.

Don’t hinder business with too many rules

Another of the priorities is related to a regulatory and economic framework favorable to the company, which allows investment “and does not hinder economic activity”.

At this point, CEOE claims the importance of having guarantees of stability and legal certainty, key to guaranteeing the right to property and the freedom of business.

In this line, it defends quality and clarity at the legislative level, the need to reduce unnecessary or disproportionate burdens for companies and eliminate barriers to the free establishment and exercise of business activity, as well as greater coordination of territorial policies in this area. .

Added to these demands is that of a “sustainable and responsible” budgetary policy, which places the focus on the efficiency of public spending and not on greater fiscal pressure, adds the text, which also advocates improving the management mechanisms of the public-private collaboration and for a “more fair and efficient” system for updating prices in public sector contracts and concessions.

Another axis on which the business proposals are articulated is that of an environment that promotes the competitiveness of the economy, especially through structural reforms that correct the pending macroeconomic imbalances and allow the development of a favorable framework for investment.

The fourth axis of the 100 Business Priorities It is that of an economic model in transformation that includes the main challenges that are leading the change in the economy: digitization and sustainability and, in these areas, the role that European funds must play in accelerating this process.

State Pact for innovation

Among other ideas, CEOE defends the development of a State Pact for Innovation and the promotion of an Innovation Law, with companies at the center; measures that make it possible to double the weight of the digital economy in Spain; and a decarbonisation process that is “technologically neutral and economically competitive”, with the guarantee of a reliable and competitive energy supply, a stable long-term regulatory framework and an internal energy market in Europe, with regulation of the electricity sector. that it be “coherent and homogeneous” among all the Member States.

The fifth axis offers proposals to boost the sectors of the economy with the aim of achieving more solid growth, including measures to revalue the agri-food and fishing system and to strengthen the Spanish industry, with a robust regulatory framework and aid to accompany its progress. .

At this point, CEOE also requests an improvement in infrastructure management to promote its modernization and correct maintenance; a stimulus to the construction sector; bet on the institutional quality of trade; enhance the reputation of the tourism sector; and improve both the financing of the cultural and sports industries and the clarity of their governance and regulation.

The sixth axis of business priorities has to do with expanding the space of opportunities for citizens with, among other aspects, improvements in the educational system, by promoting the freedom of education and private initiative and boosting its quality.

The strengthening and modernization of the health and dependency system, through a ‘One Health’ management model in the National Health System based on public-private collaboration; and a greater institutional effort to reinforce the viability of the pension system and promote the development of the voluntary complementary pillar, with individual and collective savings plans, are other demands of the CEOE.

The document also emphasizes the importance of facilitating access to housing, with solvent measures for both purchase and rental and with a Law on administrative and procedural measures that reinforces legal certainty in urban planning. The last axis on which the CEOE document articulates is that of Spain’s commitment to the European Union, for which a “reinforced and active” role of the country in the European negotiations must be promoted.

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