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The Catalan Government Increases the Extended Budget for 2021 with €1.8 billion to Address COVID-19-Related Needs

The Catalan Government Increases the Extended Budget for 2021 with €1.8 billion to Address COVID-19-Related Needs

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The Catalan Government Increases the Extended Budget for 2021 with €1.8 billion to Address COVID-19-Related Needs

  • Spokesperson Meritxell Budó explained that €618 million will be spent with the new aid plan announced last Monday to support the groups most affected by COVID-19 during the first quarter of the year.
  • Spokesperson Meritxell Budó remarked that the Government "is working to ensure health guarantees for voters and workers in the elections, if they are eventually held on 14 February". 
  • She also asked the High Court of Justice of Catalonia to "make a decision as fast as possible", because the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia are a "very important event in our country and need to ensure guarantees".
  • The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the protection of the Ebro Delta and has approved an agreement urging the State to act urgently, as the competent body for coastal protection and also to listen to the Catalan Government and the Consensus Table on the structural solutions to be applied. 

The Government has approved an increase of €1.8 billion in the extended budgets for 2021, which will be used to meet urgent COVID-19-related needs from the Catalan ministries. This was announced by the Minister of the Presidency and Government spokesperson, Meritxell Budó, during the press conference following the weekly meeting of the Executive Council, where she explained that this endowment is an extension that is made at the expense of the corresponding resources in Catalonia of the Autonomous Liquidity Fund (FLA) with a margin of 1.1% of the deficit for 2021. 

Budó specified that "€618 million will be spent for a new aid plan to support the groups most affected by the Covid-19 during the first quarter of the year", which will be mostly freelancers with incomes reduced as a result of the pandemic as well as micro and small companies that have suffered a substantial drop in turnover and are committed to maintaining jobs for people who are in a Temporary Regulation of Employment (ERTO), and the sectors most affected by the restrictions. The Minister pointed out that these €876 million “are added to the €618 million that the Government has already injected into the Catalan economy since the beginning of the pandemic through direct aid to companies and social stakeholders who have directly suffered the consequences of the economic crisis”.