CEOE requests to make companies’ access to European funds more flexible and to reduce bureaucracy

CEOE claims Government To make things easier to spread European money. Even more so now, with the request for addendum credits still pending and due to the lack of cadence of resource implementation. In this sense, they indicated that less than half of the calls are to companies.

“With the official data from December 20, 2022 from AGE, they are considering posting 22,000 million euros of calls to date (18,700 million from AGE, 3,400 million through CCAAs). The report indicates that about 9,500 million euros have been allocated to the private sector, about 43% of the total. This means that calls were made for that amount, but it does not mean that the money made it into the real economy.

In fact, employers complain, again and like the rest of the analysis houses, about the obscurantism that exists in Spain with regard to the degree of real execution of funds. No data has been provided on this matter from the central government, and at the moment, it is impossible to know exactly how much money has made it into the companies and how much hasn’t.

Similarly, the chief executive officer He calls on the government to include some “lessons learned” in the draft addition to the 84.000 million request. Among them, to facilitate access to European funds for companies. In this sense, he specifically talks about giving more facilities to small and medium-sized businesses and the self-employed, who have been neglected in the background in the deployment of community resources.

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“Businesses (large, small, medium and self-employed) need greater flexibility in access to calls, as well as an additional effort from the public sector to eliminate bureaucracy and enhance managerial flexibility,” the document states.

Employers specify that “deadlines for submission and adjudication of applications are still, in some cases, very limited, particularly for tractor projects, sometimes setting deadlines as short as 60 days.”

Apart from this, the CEO is committed to “promoting greater flexibility in the European framework for state assistance”, something the government has also had an influence on, as well as giving more room for total resource spending after 2026.

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