On the last day of the 'Spanish Companies: Leading the Future' summit, it was the turn of the geopolitical and the vision of Autonomous communities through the participation of business organizations that are part of CEOE.

YE. King Felipe VI has closed the conference, in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Third Vice President of the Government, Nadia Calviño, and the President of Inditex, Pablo Isla, after nine days giving voice to representatives of the Spanish business world at the highest level to to present its vision on the current situation and on the strategy of exit from the crisis by COVID-19.

During his speech, S.M. King Felipe VI thanked "the work and the drive" of the business sector to confront and overcome the economic crisis derived from the Covid-19 pandemic. He also valued the "firm commitment of businessmen to defend our economy, the well-being of our citizens and the future of Spain, always assuming a proactive and committed attitude". "These initiatives have been a clear expression of the commitment of entrepreneurs, with responsibility and solidarity, bringing the best of yourselves," he added.

YE. The King has also stated that "together we can always go further and in better conditions". "This CEOE Forum has been an important instrument loaded with future messages aimed at building trust and promoting competitiveness, investment and job creation," he concluded.

The CEOE President, Antonio Garamendi, He has stated: "For two weeks we have been the loudspeaker of companies" in a conference that he described as "an unprecedented summit in the history of CEOE and Spain in the business world", assuming "the obligation to be the locomotive that takes off to the economy of this crisis, maintaining activity and employment ”. In this context, it has established as priorities "sustainability and inclusion", because, according to Antonio Garamendi, "employment is the key in the fight against poverty".

The panel dedicated to geopolitics has started with the intervention of Javier Solana, president of the Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics of Esade, who has described the holding of this summit as "very interesting contribution to the country", and has placed the emphasis on the internationalization of companies as "the way to go", for which "you have to know the world". In his opinion, "it is essential to have a more cohesive Europe", and in this sense, he added that "although they are slow, things are going in the right direction", highlighting the help that "EU loans" entail.

Then, Josep Piqué, editor of foreign policy, He has focused his intervention on the role of companies in this new political scenario, where "China and the United States are the main protagonists", and there are "very relevant supporting actors, such as" Russia, India, Iran or Turkey ". "The big unknown – according to him – is what role Europe plays." "There is no solidarity without assuming responsibility," he said, while identifying as the "two great trends": globalization, which has "a serious governance problem" because "the struggle is technological," and the digital revolution. ", Which opens" an ethical debate "about" relations between companies and society, CSR ".

Already in the panel dedicated to business organizations at the territorial level, Miguel Garrido, president of CEIM Madrid, He has affirmed that "the main social shield is employment", "it is the true priority", and for this it is necessary to "help companies". Among the measures that companies need to get out of the crisis, he mentioned "flexibility, especially labor", "an incentive fiscal framework for activity" or fighting "against fraud and the shadow economy", as well as "against late payment ”.

Josep Sánchez Llibre, president of Foment del Treball, considers that "they are moments of weaving complicities". He has asked for "a government that listens and acts", because according to him, "the only way is concertation and consensus", and added that "the collaboration of the public with the private is essential". It also considers necessary a "reindustrialization of the Spanish economy", reiterating that it is necessary to "generate trust and complicity". According to Sánchez Llibre, "the conclusions of these sessions would have to be incorporated into the reconstruction roadmap prepared by the Government."

For his part, Salvador Navarro, President of CEV, considers that "accelerating recovery and maintaining the highest level of employment" should be everyone's goal, and has called for a "financing reform" to the Government, because, he has assured: "Valencians feel like second-class citizens." In addition, he pointed out that due to the significant weight of tourism in the Valencian Community, the recovery "will be more complicated" in the region. Navarro has called for prioritizing social dialogue and for the exit plan from the crisis to be "the result of the greatest possible consensus".

Javier González de Lara, President of CEA, He pointed out that "this crisis and its origin are foreign to the business world", so there is no need to "change the production model, but rather make the model more productive", placing "the company at the center of decision-making" . He has also called for "height of sight and long-range vision", "in a setting of security and trust".

Santiago Aparicio, President of CECALE, It has focused on "the challenge of digitization and the commitment to the green economy" and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Reviewing the situation by sector in the region, Aparicio has stated that "digitization must be brought to the agricultural sector", boost R & D + i in the automobile sector, "very powerful in Castilla y León", while he has also highlighted the importance of the tourism sector, "with four World Heritage cities". He also mentioned that "regional financing must change", adding that they need fiscal harmonization "that prevents the bleeding of companies in this region." "Start using the market unity law", in his opinion "would save more than 45,000 million to the Spanish Autonomous Communities."

Eduardo Zubiaurre, President of CONFEBASK, has reported that the impact of the crisis in the Basque Country is being very important, especially in the industry due to its weight in the GDP of this territory. The crisis "is affecting both supply and demand" and worries about the "slowdown in activity" in different sectors. Among his proposals to remedy it, "increase public investment and indebtedness."

Ángel Nicolás, President of CECAM, has assured not to understand "Worker support if previously there is no support for the company," "things are being done backwards," he added. In his opinion, teleworking has worked so well during the pandemic "because it was not regulated." "Many people have escaped going to ERTE because they have teleworked," he said, adding that "supporting the company supports the worker," and that "the less tax pressure, the greater the expansion of the economy."

Ricardo Mur, President of CEOE Aragón, He has called for "extreme precautionary measures" to "not retrace what has been done." In Aragon, in this period, around 4,000 have been lost, “between companies and the self-employed”. "Saving companies is saving jobs," he said, so "the extension of the ERTES is essential for the duration of this exceptional scenario." Mur has brought to the table "the Aragonese pactista character", extolling the role of social dialogue, and has warned that "Europe is going to help, but that help is not going to be free."

Antonio Fontenla, spokesperson for CEG Galicia, He stressed that in his territory they have a "very serious demographic problem", and he highlighted the "extraordinary effort" of the Galician government to help companies in the region in this crisis. According to Fontenla, it is a "huge problem" that the region "only has 14% of its GDP in industry", and has called attention to the situation of Alcoa, which represents "40% of the industry in the province of Lugo ”, I the fact that“ the AVE does not arrive ”, so they are“ tired of defaults ”. He has verified that there put “where the industry is strong, there is no unemployment”.

Agustín Manrique de Lara, president of CCE Las Palmas, he has expressed his "thanks to the Crown", since the Kings began their visit to the CCAA yesterday after the pandemic in this region. According to Manrique, "the health crisis has been mild in the Canary Islands," but he predicts that the economy "will be seriously affected." By 2021, they expect the recovery to lead to GDP growth of “between 14% and 16%”, and has lamented the loss of “three million visitors in the first five months of the year”, for which it considers essential the extension of ERTEs until “full tourist recovery”.

José Carlos Francisco, President of CEOE Tenerife, He has proposed short-term measures, such as the "ERTEs until December", liquidity lines "that have been shown to be important" and "the increase in public debt to cover the expenses of the pandemic and that public investments do not stop." In the future, he is concerned that "an ecosystem that is aggressive for the businessman" is being created, referring in particular to taxation, something that would be "counterproductive to what the country needs in its exit from this crisis."

Pedro Castro, President of CREEX Extremadura, He has commented on some weaknesses that the region already had prior to the crisis, such as unemployment, lack of infrastructure, aging or depopulation of rural areas. In this Community, according to Castro, they have opted for social dialogue and a "spirit of agreement" that has produced important achievements for companies. To get out of the crisis "we need the government to get involved decisively generating legal certainty", "dialogue", "efficiency", he indicated. He calls for "structuring a territory" that is moving towards depopulation in the medium term, and has also asked the Government "for a consensual recovery strategy."

Carmen Planas, President of CAEB Baleares, has brought your intervention "Positive messages", such as "pride that the Balearic Islands have been able to lead a model de-escalation at the national level". "Our desire," he assured, "was none other than to generate confidence" for a sector that is "vital for the Balearic Islands", but also for the national GDP, and has valued at "35 million euros" the message of confidence that has transfer. But he has also warned that the unprecedented contraction of the Balearic GDP, which has been "4.5%" should "keep us on alert", which, in his opinion, places them "at the gates of the economic recession , which is going to be very serious and without being austere, very difficult to overcome ”, he predicted. "In this crisis the Balearic Islands are very vulnerable," he regrets, adding that in May "unemployment has practically doubled" on the islands.

Juan Miguel Sucunza, President of CEN Navarra, He assured that it is a "very unique" Community, in which "the industry supposes 30% of the GDP", as well as "very exporting", but it is noting "seriously the paralysis of the economy". He considers that European aid is "absolutely necessary" to revive the economy. "We cannot allow viable companies to close," he said. In addition, he has highlighted the responsibility that “leaving an enormous public debt as an inheritance”, for which he has asked for a “correct administration of those funds”. Sucunza has also called for dialogue and "reconciliation".

Enrique Conde, President of CEOE-CEPYME Cantabria, ensures that we have the “opportunity to transform the economy to one with high productive value”, and has put the commerce, hospitality and tourism sectors in the short-term focus, while placing the exit of the economy in the medium term. crisis to construction. He has also made a "commitment to the industry", highlighting some "competitive disadvantages in Cantabria", among which he has mentioned the cost of energy, environmental requirements or "the slow pace of the regional Administration". He has also asked to bet on "the most technology-intensive companies", "the digitization of the productive fabric", "more public works in 2020-2021" or "a just ecological transition".

Jaime García Calzada, President of FER La Rioja, He has predicted that we will have to "deal with an unprecedented economic crisis." La Rioja has suffered "in a very virulent way," he said, and announced that "its economy will contract between 8% and 10%." He has asked "to put on the table all the tools to save as many companies and freelancers as possible and maximum employment." With a business fabric of "11,000 companies and 130,000 workers, of which 4,500 have been in ERTE" and "12,500 workers remain to join", for which he considers that "adaptation has been rapid, less in those sectors that are in the UVI ”. Regarding foreign trade in the region, he has calculated that "more than 500 million of the 1,900 million achieved in 2019 by La Rioja exports" will be lost, which he has described as "one of the strengths" of that Community.

José María Albarracín, President of CROEM Murcia, He has demanded that there be no legislation "with his back to the businessmen", and he has valued his work during the crisis, especially those considered essential, "such as the primary sector and transport", but also "that of those who were forced to close ”. He asked to look at "the businessman like that horse that has to pull the car", while saying that "you have to learn a lot about what has happened" to "not make mistakes of the past". Albarracín has called for "public-private collaboration in health, but also in the educational system", "that must be adapted" to current needs. He has also recognized "the banking sector that has been at the side of the businessmen."

Pepe Dhanwani, President of CECE Ceuta, He has asked for a dialogue, at the level of the Autonomous City, on de-escalation, because, he has assured, "together we must reactivate the economic and social activity of the city." According to Dhanwani, "commercial relations with neighboring Morocco have fallen", so "the time has come for Ceuta to consider a new scenario", entering the customs union "so that Ceuta is in the world and the world count on us ”, he has sued.

Margarita López Armendáriz, President of CEME Melilla, He recalled that this Autonomous City "is one of the borders of Europe with Morocco", a country with which "historically" they have maintained "good neighborly relations", but for some time now "they have been weakened", according to the President of the Melilla businessmen since the closing of the commercial customs office in mid-2018 "unilaterally decreed" by the Moroccan government. For this reason, it has demanded "its reopening", as well as "a bonus to the transport of goods", the entry of Melilla into the customs union or an administrative simplification. Now "they treat us as a third country", he regretted.

Belarmino Feito, President of FADE Asturias, He has supported social dialogue, because "you should not govern by decree, but by consensus." Feito commented that prior to the pandemic, the business organization proposed a new slogan for the region, instead of the well-known 'Asturias, natural paradise': "Without companies, there is no paradise", "today more effective than ever" , in his opinion. He has stated that "industry is a fundamental pillar of the Asturian economy", and many threats loom above it that can put it "at serious risk". He recalled the "problems in the steel sector", considering a "serious mistake the lack of protection of the EU to steel", while also highlighting the important role of tourism in the region.

Summit conclusions at the CEOE General Assembly

CEOE will hold its General Assembly tomorrow, Thursday, June 25, which will be attended by the president of Inditex, Pablo Isla, who will present with Antonio Garamendi the conclusions of the summit ‘Spanish Companies Leading the Future’.

This event, which is organized annually by CEOE, will be on this occasion the final touch to this Business Summit that has been held since June 15.

The media will be able to follow the presentation of the conclusions of the Business Summit from 12 noon on streaming – on the CEOE website or on our YouTube channel – or through the Zoom platform at the following link:


Meeting ID: 953 5579 8909

Password: 900291

Once the presentation is finished, the interested media will be able to follow the development of the General Assembly only through the Zoom connection.

In neither of the two emission sections will a space be opened for questions.

The photos of today's conference are available at the following download link:


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