Although the general situation is still far from returning to normal due to the coronavirus pandemic, the delegate of the Government of Spain in Castilla-La Mancha, Francisco Tierraseca, wanted to send a message of hope: “The fourth quarter of 2021 will be key in the economic recovery.”
This is how Francisco Tierraseca has expressed himself in a telematic press conference that has served to present the “Complying” report on the rendering of accounts of the Government of Spain in Castilla-La Mancha during the first six months of the year. Taking advantage of this act, he has anticipated that the first signs of recovery will begin to be seen from September, when the European funds that have arrived in the autonomous communities will begin to be distributed.
In this way, he has highlighted some of the latest indicators released this week, such as unemployment data, with 10,000 fewer unemployed and 3,000 more contributors to Social Security than last month or the fact that there are only 6,442 people left in ERTE in Castilla-La Mancha, as well as the good rate of vaccination.
“The action of the Government is not measured in impulses, but in the real impact that its agenda has in the territories, such as Castilla-La Mancha,” said the delegate, who highlighted the existing collaboration with other public administrations, such as the Community Board or the town councils.
In the presentation of the “Complying” report, Tierraseca stated that the Government’s priority has been and is the pandemic, “but it does not forget the commitment to a modern, transformative Spain that looks to the future with the aim of leaving no one behind ». In this sense, he recalled that at the beginning of this year “in Castilla-La Mancha we had to face the storm Filomena, the consequences of which involved an added effort to coordinate and activate State resources in the territory.”
Thus, it has indicated that this action required the participation of more than 200 people, reinforcement of the BRIF of La Iglesuela (Toledo) and Prado de los Esquiladores (Cuenca), as well as the participation of the Military Emergency Unit (UME), which was already present on January 6.
The delegate assured that “the activity of the Government of Pedro Sánchez in response to the pandemic has reinforced the principles of equality, social justice and progress that defined his investiture program with an unprecedented investment.” In this sense, it has detailed five main areas of the measures adopted in the first six months of this year.
In the first place, it has referred to compliance with the restriction measures and the state of alarm, within which Tierraseca has indicated that the Government has guaranteed the reinforcement of protection, with the mandatory use of a mask and with the control of the mobility, both geographically and in timetables.
For it, A total of 6,500 members of the National Police Corps and the Civil Guard have participated in the region in compliance with health measures to save lives and protect the health of the population. Tierraseca took the opportunity to congratulate all the members of the State Security Forces and Bodies “for their dedication and dedication.”
Second, within the vaccination strategy and the increase in health protection, Tierraseca has spoken of co-governance thanks to the Interterritorial Health Council. In addition, it has reported that Castilla-La Mancha has already received more than 2.5 million vaccines and 1,226,000 masks have been distributed to social entities in the region (Red Cross, Cermi or Cáritas) aimed at the most vulnerable groups.
The social shield is the name given by the delegate for the third line of actions of the Government of Spain “to prevent the emergency from widening an inequality gap.” Thus, he has referred, for example, to the Minimum Living Income, from which 24,611 people have already benefited in Castilla-La Mancha, protection against evictions or supply cuts, or the extension of ERTE, which With more than 450 million euros, they have benefited an average of 23,829 Castilian-Manchegos per month and aid for the self-employed for cessation of activity, which is the first time in history that they have been applied. In addition, as announced, 62,891 Castilian-Manchegos have received 1,130 tons of food worth 800,000 euros in the first phase of the 2021 program of Food Aid to the Most Disadvantaged People.
Fourth, related to the protection of companies and the self-employed to face the economic impact of the pandemic, ICO lines continue to be strengthened, thus 4,141.2 million euros have been used to guarantee 28,640 companies in the region through the ICO Covid-19 line. In the same way, specific plans have been put in place for the tourism, agriculture, automotive, hospitality, culture, financial and energy sectors, and measures have been taken to protect SMEs and the self-employed, with 85,760 self-employed beneficiaries of the extension of extraordinary benefits in our region.
Finally, as regards the support to the autonomous community and local entities to improve liquidity and strengthen the welfare state, the Government of Spain has allocated 1,290.4 million euros to Castilla-La Mancha in the distribution of the first two quarters of the financing fund. Regarding local entities, 8.5 million euros have been earmarked for local entities. An extraordinary aid of 3.9 million euros has also been allocated to compensate for the reduction in income in the public transport service.
Tierraseca has also recalled that in the first half of this year, the Government of Spain has completed important projects on which it had acquired commitments. Thus, it has detailed, as legislative initiatives approved in 2021, the Law for the real and effective equality of trans people and for the guarantee of the rights of LGTBI people, the Child Protection Law, the Euthanasia Law, the Climate change and energy transition law and the Draft Law on Prevention and Fight Against Tax Fraud.
To conclude, Francisco Tierraseca has affirmed that the “Complying” report is an x-ray of the Government’s action that supposes “an exercise of transparency, exemplary nature and the promotion of permanent improvement in public practice at the service of the citizenry. It improves the quality of our democracy and reaffirms the value of the word given.