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Junta announces a 400-million-euro package to protect jobs and help the hospitality industry

President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno.
President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno. / SUR
  • Direct aid of up to 3,000 euros for the retail trade and the hospitality industry in Andalucía will account for 140 million euros

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has announced the launch of a new aid package aimed at alleviating the economic effects of the pandemic this Thursday (26 February).

There will be 270 million euros allocated to maintaining employment and another 140 million that will translate into direct aid of up to 3,000 euros for the retail trade and the hospitality industry.

Moreno also took the opportunity during a parliamentary session to demand an aid plan from the central government similar to those that have been put into place in other European countries.

He referred to the announcement made this Wednesday by the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, about an additional aid package of 11 billion euros for companies, small businesses and self-employed workers but regretted the lack of detail provided. "It looks more like a headline left hanging in the air," he said.

The Andalusian president made an assessment of the economic crisis unleashed by the pandemic in the region and stressed the financial and unemployment data this time is better in Andalucía than the national average.

Moreno said the figures are a consequence of the measures that have been adopted in Andalucía since the beginning of the health crisis, aimed at helping the economic sectors most affected and laying the foundations for recovery.

In July, he pointed out, an agreement was signed for the economic and social reactivation of the region and the 'Andalucía on the Move plan' was presented, with 3,450 million euros allocated for the 2020-2023 period, with the aim of promoting infrastructures in different areas.

He also highlighted that a support plan with 660 million euros for the self-employed and small businesses was approved to help the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, "twice the amount budgeted by the rest of the Spain’s regions put together," he said.