The Spanish Confederation of Commerce (CEC) considers that, although any palliative measure is welcome, taking into account the current complex context and the medium-term forecasts, the government approved support plan for the commerce sector is insufficient and late.
The Confederation considers that the reinforcement plan should contemplate direct aid to businesses, one of the main demands of the sector and that they are putting into practice neighboring countries such as France or Germany. This is an essential measure to guarantee the continuity of SMEs, micro-SMEs and the self-employed of the commerce sector that have been most seriously affected by the impact of the health crisis derived from the coronavirus.
Likewise, the amount of aid contemplated in the plan, 4,220 million euros for the whole hospitality, tourism and trade, are very scarce when compared with those raised in neighboring countries. The CEC also considers that, despite the fact that some of these aid are aimed at providing liquidity to businesses, they are intended to consist of facing a debt that, given the scenario that is foreseeable, with activity levels much lower than desired , which will make them ineffective for the most vulnerable companies as they cannot meet the obligations arising from such measures.
Finally, from the Spanish Confederation of Commerce considers that this plan should have been raised beforehand, as it has been requesting. In this sense, we continue to demand the need for greater participation by the most representative trade organizations in decision-making and proposals directed to the sector, for which we consider the establishment of the Sectorial Trade Board to be urgent.