In full discussion about the arrival of the funds and their transparency, the Ministries of Industry, Economy and Labor continue to work to prepare the arrival of the huge amount approved by Brussels. A reality that has caused the aforementioned economic ministries to already spent 50 million euros on subcontracting companies for the management, promotion and control of aid due to the insufficiency of means available to the Administration. Normally, these are technical or specific tasks of promotion or assessment that are not carried out within the Public Administration staff and it is necessary to entrust them to specialized companies.
Thus, and as can be seen in the State contracting portal, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, led by Nadia Calvino more than 30 million has been spent. On the other hand, that of the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaz, has mobilized a sum close to 15 million. Two amounts significantly lower than that led by the Minister of Industry Kings Marotowhich barely reaches five million.
Although the funds continue to arrive, the subcontracting contracts continue. Thus, the last contract awarded was on October 16 and was carried out by the Ministry of Economy. The total figure was 345,000 euros and the company that received it was Mrs Rushmore. An award that was also negotiated without publicity. Calviño’s ministry justified that it needed a service for adaptation and development of creativity and production of additional pieces for the dissemination of the Recovery Plan because it lacked “adequate personnel.”
The most expensive subcontracting for the Ministry of Labor was 11.6 million euros. It was used to seek computer support. “The term restrictions imposed within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, in which the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy participates in five components, with investments for the next three years amounting to more than 2,500 million euros , make it necessary to carry out these actions without delay,” they argued last June. Nevertheless, the award is still open.
Instead, the most expensive contract for the Ministry of Economy has been the one destined to “quality control of mobile applications or technical and administrative assistance for the execution and follow-up of the file”. The reason for the contract is due, again, to “insufficient means” and the estimated value reaches €23.1 million.
In the summer of 2020, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, managed to receive 140,000 million for Spain after the approval of European funds. It was a long negotiation and it was sealed in the wee hours of the morning. From the Executive, the arrival of the billions was celebrated because it could transform the Spanish economy and, in addition, it would serve as a lever to get out of the crisis that Covid-19 had created. Nevertheless, the funds are still not executed and this tool has become the main problem of the Executive.
In the last days, the Pertes (which also serve to mobilize the millions approved for our country) have been the focus of criticism. Last week, the German giant Volkswagen publicly expressed its doubts about investing in the Sagunto (Valencia) battery factory due to the lack of sufficient public aid. Days later, the other major investor involved, the Ford company, confirmed that it will stop producing half of its models at the Almussafes factory. A situation that has spread to the rest of Pertes that work in other sectors, who fear that large investors will dismiss Spain as a place to install their capital.
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