Monday, May 16

Calviño announces the “preliminary” approval of Brussels to the labor reform agreed with the social agents

“The preliminary assessment of the European Commission on the Spanish labor reform is positive”. The economic vice president, Nadia Calviño, has been clear about the initial verdict of the Community Executive on the text agreed between the Ministry of Labor of Vice President Yolanda Díaz and the social agents.

Calviño, who has traveled to Brussels this Monday to meet with his colleagues in the Eurogroup, in addition to holding various meetings with commissioners and the new German Finance Minister, has stated about the reform that is now in the parliamentary process: “It is about a balanced reform, the result of an intense and long process of negotiation with employers’ and workers’ representatives. We hope that this validation will take place in Parliament in the coming weeks, with the widest possible support from all political groups, as is the case of a reform that is not only the result of a broad agreement with the social agents, but also includes the recommendations that international institutions have repeatedly made to us”.

Withdrawal of stimuli

Vice President Calviño has also explained the plans of the European Commission for the progressive withdrawal of economic stimuli put in place to respond to the economic, social and health crisis of the pandemic.

“The Commission has not called for a withdrawal of the measures,” said Calviño, “but for them to progressively focus more and more on those sectors and those companies that really need it. In short, that they adapt to the evolution of the pandemic, which we have been doing”.

Regarding the debate on fiscal rules, open and pending agreement among the 27 to renew the Stability and Growth Pact, now on hold until 2023, Calviño explained: “I see a great will on the part of all the Member States to find a base that can serve to achieve that great consensus that we all want There has been an enormous openness on the part of all the Member States to improve the procedures and the operation of these rules, to make them more transparent, simpler, more understandable and easier There has been a repeated reference to the need to have rules that are adapted to the specific situation of the different countries and that there is a reinforcement of the appropriation of these rules by the population of the Member States in the future “.

Thus, the economic vice-president understands that the debate “is not mature on the details. We are in a preliminary debate phase in which what I do note is the constructive and open attitude of all the Member States to address a review of the rules that all we see necessary to respond in a practical way to the changes that have occurred in response to the pandemic, among other reasons”.