We dragged, as is known, since last July, data that showed a global cooling of the economy, with a clear reflection on employment, figures that are also appreciated in the first days of March.

However, the data on unemployment, hiring and affiliation to Social Security this month are absolutely conditioned by government decisions to stop the activity as the main measure of health containment derived from COVID-19, which has brought about an almost absolute stoppage of economic activity, limited exclusively to essential sectors.

In this situation, serious from the health and social aspect, the unemployment figures show that companies are resorting, for the most part, to temporary regulatory measures (ERTES) seeking the least impact on employment.

With our sights set on ending the health crisis, and CEOE's interest focused on reducing its social and economic effects, we believe it is essential to make the use of ERTES more flexible and eliminate the limit of its use, limited to the alarm period, to contribute to the recovery of sectors that, as in the case of tourism or industry, will be gradual, thereby avoiding serious and lasting consequences on employment.

In this context, it is essential to implement measures that provide companies and investors with legal certainty and reliability, instrumentalized through social dialogue, to adapt economic activity to the daily evolution of the pandemic in order to guarantee a faster exit from economic paralysis, the survival of companies and employment.

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