Maroto still without a vice president at Perte VEC after a year of its launch
The flagship project of the Ministry of Industry, the PERTE VEC (Electric and Connected Vehicle), has not completed its governance structure for a year, with the election of a person of recognized prestige to act as vice president of this great plan which expects to mobilize more than 24,000 million euros until 2023. After the resignation of the company Ford to government aid for internal company problems and doubts about seats Y volkswagen Regarding her participation in PERTE due to the scarce support of the funds, the Minister of Industry, Kings Maroto, try to juggle in this complex scenario. Despite this reality, from the Ministry they continue without naming this key figure to promote one of the most important projects of the Recovery Plan.
The Government committed, according to the executive summary, to create an alliance for the electric and connected vehicle (VEC). It would be chaired by Minister Maroto and vice chaired by “a person of recognized prestige in the sector“. This position would be chosen by the Government and its function would consist of “the impulse and promotion between the public and private actors of PERTE”. From the CEOE they have been calling internally for the appointment of this person. Meanwhile, the unions and the industry associations they are surprised to continue a year later without such an important position in the governance of PERTE.
The governance structure of PERTE is completed, after the figure of the president and vice president, by a interministerial working group (where Industry, Finance, Economy, Science, Education or Transport are located) and an automotive table (made up of the Autonomous Communities, the main business associations and unions).
Sources from the CEOE assure this newspaper that “the management of the PERTES needs private guidance. We had proposed specialized offices, but they did not listen to us. We have urged them several times to appoint a vice-presidency for this PERTE, and neither. If this position existed, the project could be managed better. The arrival of an expert in that position would not take away his political prominence but would boost it. We do not understand why there is still no figure like this when they themselves detail it in their presentation report.
In other strategic projects of the Recovery Plan, as is the case of the PERTE Chip, there is indeed a commissioner of experts who is helping to attract investors and improve the lines of strategy. Thus, the Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, chose the technological expert, Jaime Martorell, to lead this key tractor project for the Government. A man who had experience in the sector both in our country and in the United States.
The swing in the PERTE VEC
At the beginning of August, Industry announced a first call for aid for companies interested in PERTE VEC. Thus, Maroto mobilized 702 million euros from which more than a dozen companies or associations of companies were nurtured. Among these, the alliance between SEAT Y volkswagen -what did you recieve 167.3 million for the Sagunto battery gigafactory, Mercedes Benz -what took 159.3 million euros for its plan to electrify the Vitoria plant- and Fordwhich achieved 106.3 million for manufacturing the vehicle of the future, electric and connected.
But soon the future of PERTE was getting complicated. At the end of August, the North American company Ford renounced the aid granted by Maroto due to internal problems. A few weeks later, SEAT and Volkswagen made public their doubts about whether, in the end, they would carry out the investment in Spain due to the scarcity of the subsidy. From Industry they moved file quickly and they increased that initial aid at the beginning of August from 702 million to 877 million.
A reality that, although it has meant an increase in general aid for projects, such as Stellantis (which went from 42.4 million to 52.2 million) or the initiative led by SEAT and Volkswagen, which went from 167.3 million to 367.37 million, the committed public investment is still lower than the proposal in the first call, which is 2,975 million euros. The Executive has justified that the rest of the pending money –2,095 million– will be postponed in principle for a second call during the first quarter of 2023.
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