The president of the Confederation of Business Associations of the Balearic Islands (CAEB), Carmen Planasand the vice president of the Balearic employers association and president of ASIMA, Francisco Martorellhave led an expedition made up of the directors of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs (AJE) of the Balearic Islands and ASIMA Jovenesthat have conveyed to different European organizations in Brussels his concern about the limited access to European funds by small and medium-sized enterprises.
For two days they have been able to meet with several MEPs and advisers to the European Parliament and also with the CEOE delegation in the Belgian capital, reports CAEB in a statement.
After two meetings with the Portuguese MEP Jose Manuel Fernandes (PPE Group) and with the adviser to the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsolaamong others, the Balearic business delegation verified what has been denouncing for months from the employers. European funds are not reaching companies because there is a lot of bureaucracy and in the end they are staying in public spending and not in aid for innovation and business digitization, “said Carmen Planas.
The president of CAEB affirmed that in Brussels «they know that the money is not reaching where it has to arrive; they know the reality of Spain, but it depends on the Government and the CCAA that these funds reach the companies».
From CEOE they confirmed to Planas that «barely 10% of the first 24,000 million euros that Spain has received has ended up directly in companies». In addition, to date only 25% of the aid announced has reached Spain. “We will continue to demand that SMEs have access to these funds because they are the ones that need it most and the ones that have the most complicated access to financing,” said Planas.
For his part, the president of ASIMA, Francisco Martorell, was able to verify first-hand «the situation of these funds, we also transfer the problems that the businessmen of the Islands are suffering. They have explained to us and reasoned why the funds do not reach the companies”.
“We need aid to speed up”
Finally, the president of AJE Baleares, Gori Jaumedescribed as “very important and clarifying the meetings that we have held in Brussels, we have conveyed the need for these aids to be acceleratedthat the European institutions put pressure on the Government of Spain and the autonomous executives so that it is the companies and, especially the SMEs, that receive these funds that are very necessary for the economic recovery».
The Balearic expedition has also had time to visit the headquarters of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) in Brussels, sharing all these concerns with the employers’ team specialized in international affairs.
Apart from European funds, the situation of SMEs or the problem of inflation and the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine, the young entrepreneurs of the Balearic Islands They have also been interested in financing and aid to the digital sectorsince these types of projects are arousing more and more interest and repercussion among the young entrepreneurs of the archipelago.
Finally, during their stay in Brussels, the young entrepreneurs have been able to visit and learn about the functioning of the European Parliament from the inside and visit the exhibition Gregorio Ordoñez, the possible life, presented this week at the continental institution.
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