The Permanent Deputation of Congress has given the green light today to Royal Decree-Law 12/2019, of October 11, which takes urgent measures to mitigate the effects of the opening of insolvency proceedings of the Thomas Cook business group, as well as for the strengthening and improvement of the competitiveness of the Spanish tourism sector.

In her speech defense intervention, the acting Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, He pointed out that the Royal Decree-Law “is the result of intense and coordinated work with many public and private actors, a work that has been promoted by the Government of Spain that has considered it a priority to give a quick and extraordinary response to a situation that could have a huge damage to the whole of our economy; a responsible Government that, in just three weeks, has been able to approve a set of measures for responsibility, and only and exclusively in the general interest ”.

The minister has detailed the measures included in the text, distributed in four areas: maintenance of employment, improvement of liquidity and financing of companies affected by defaults of the tour operator, strengthening the competitiveness of the sector and improving air connectivity. “The measures constitute a clear example of the Government's commitment to the tourism sector of our country for its strategic nature in the generation of wealth, employment and social welfare. It has been necessary an immediate and extraordinary action on the part of the Government, coordinated with the rest of public administrations and social agents of the sector, to attend to the tourist companies and workers affected, and to prevent the Thomas Cook effect from spreading undesirably to the whole sector tourist, ”he added.

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