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The first vice-president of the Xunta and Minister of Tourism, Alfonso Rueda, and the Minister of Employment and Equality, María Jesús Lorenzana announced the launch of a second aid plan aimed at the self-employed and micro-businesses, as well as the hospitality industry.

The Xunta de Galicia has proposed the creation in Galicia of a “cooperation fund” similar to the one that has already been announced in the Valencian Community. The creation of this mechanism, in which the Xunta would contribute 50 percent of the total, would require the involvement of the provincial councils, which should contribute 30 percent, and the large municipalities, which would contribute the remaining 20 percent. In any case, the Xunta has confirmed its contribution, regardless of what the other administrations do.
María Jesús Lorenzana insisted that each measure adopted in accordance with the health recommendations will be accompanied by real support for the affected activities. He also undertook to simplify the requirements and procedures, so that access to aid is more agile and simple.
The representatives of the sector agreed that the aid is insufficient and that all the administrations need to be involved in the rescue plan, which is essential at this time.
During the meeting, the results of the first call for aid (2020) were reported. The Xunta assures that almost 80 percent of the payments to the more than 30,500 applicants who met the required conditions have already been completed. This supposes 65 million euros that were destined to freelancers and micro-companies of all the affected sectors.
In the specific case of the hotel business, the representatives of the Government of Galicia indicated that more than 14,700 requests have been processed so far. In this case, including also the specific aid for the hospitality industry, the amount amounts to 23.7 million euros. According to data from the Xunta, 70 percent of the hotel and catering establishments in Galicia have been able to access the aid.

The tables reproduced below show the specific amounts received so far according to the help line, as well as a summary of the main cities:

HELP LINE NUMBER OF APPROVED HOSTEL REQUESTS AMOUNT OF AID
OBSERVATIONS
Hostelry 7.388 11.660.625 The amount paid corresponds to 69% of the budget.
Self-employed 6.221 7.694.400 25.7% of the amount of the self-employed program was allocated to the payment of aid to the hospitality industry.
Micro-businesses 1.096 4.419.000 16% of the microenterprise line was allocated to the payment of aid to the hotel industry.
TOTAL 14.704 23.774.025  

 

SUMMARY OF AID BY CITIES:

A CORUÑA 900 hospitality businesses in the city accessed the aid, totaling 2.4 million euros. They represent 51% of the hospitality establishments in the municipality. The number of applications submitted was 1,056 (85.2% of the applications submitted were paid.
FERROL 235 hospitality businesses in the city agreed to the aid, which amounted to 617,125 euros. They represent 45.6% of the hospitality establishments in the municipality. The number of applications submitted was 275 (85.4% of the submitted applications were paid.
SANTIAGO 556 hospitality businesses in the city accessed the aid, totaling 1.6 million euros. They represent 51% of the hospitality establishments in the municipality. The number of applications submitted was 626 (89% of the applications submitted were paid.
LUGO 428 hospitality businesses in the city accepted the aid, which amounted to 1.1 million euros. They represent 60.3% of the hospitality establishments in the municipality. The number of applications submitted was 461 (85.7% of the applications submitted were paid.
OURENSE 488 hospitality businesses in the city accessed the aid, totaling 1.8 million euros. They represent 55% of the hospitality establishments in the municipality. The number of applications submitted was 569 (85.7% of the applications submitted were paid.
PONTEVEDRA 400 hospitality businesses in the city accepted the aid, which amounted to 1.1 million euros. They represent 67.2% of the hospitality establishments in the municipality. The number of applications submitted was 439 (91.1% of the applications submitted were paid.
VIGO 1,001 hotel and catering businesses in the city accessed the aid, which amounted to 2.6 million euros. They represent 51.6% of the hospitality establishments in the municipality. The number of applications submitted was 1,148 (87.2% of the applications submitted were paid.
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