The Assembly also had the assistance of the ministers working, Migrations and Social Security, Magdalena Valerio and Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto; as well as the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, who has spoken at the inauguration of the same.

In his speech, the president of CEPYME has insisted that companies need stability, moderation and legal security; a taxation more in line with the reality of these companies; the maintenance of the current labor framework with reduction of social costs; greater efficiency in the fight against public and private delinquency and against the black economy, and improve the education and training system, among other measures.

Gerardo Cuerva has also referred to the challenges in which SMEs are committed, highlighting areas such as internationalization; digital transformation and improvement of innovative capacity and sustainability, with compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals, among others.

The president of CEPYME has referred in his speech before the General Assembly of the Confederation to the evolution of the economy, with a forecast of growth of 2'2% for this year and of 1'9% for the next and an estimate of creation of 543,000 jobs in SMEs in this period.

Some data that are the result, largely "of the magnificent companies that placed Spain as one of the great economies of Europe," but that also require "a moderate and stable government that maintains the reforms that helped us overcome the crisis".

In this context, Gerardo Cuerva recalled that Spanish SMEs support a tax pressure higher than the European average (10'5% GDP compared to 9'3% in Europe) and that the tax contribution of companies reaches 30'4% in our country, compared to 26.2% in Europe. He also recalled that the corporate tax rate is 25% in Spain (22.5% in Europe) and that social contributions are 30% of wage costs in Spain, compared to 25% in Europe.

By last, the president of CEPYME has reiterated the need to recover social dialogue and negotiation as instruments to address the reforms that require the economy and employment.

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