Selective taxation is fashionable and easily "marketed", appealing to a wide range of social sensitivities such as climate change, environment, pollution control, privilege, redistribution and the social function of wealth.
2021 will be the starting point of the global economic comeback, which will be uneven across regions and sectors. In the latest edition of our report “Ee SPAIN OUTLOOK for Business Strategy” at Equipo Económico (Ee) we foresee that over 2021 and 2022 we will witness an incomplete economic recovery, with a rebound for the Spanish GDP set around 6.5% and 3.2%, respectively. From 2023 on, growth will converge towards a muted potential rate. There is a need in the short term to provide a clear support to businesses. At the same time, profiting from the new European funds, it is time to push forward long delayed structural reforms.
In recent weeks we have been observing an apparently contradictory behaviour of the financial system, in which increases in the stock price concur with main banking entities restructuring processes. But if we analyze it in depth, we will conclude that both processes are closely linked. It is precisely the strategic decisions taken by Spanish banks, of consolidation, cost savings and investment in digitalization, which the market is evaluating positively. Only this way this long period of deterioration in the financial margin can be overcome, pending a recovery in rates and in demand for credit that is not yet in sight on the economic horizon.
The recently approved new line of direct, non-reimbursable financial assistance to companies and the self-employed affected by the crisis has an endowment of 7 billion euros. However, the availability of this aid only for certain sectors and the absence of clear and adequate eligibility criteria for them, have led to a significant number of companies being excluded from it. Within its parliamentary procedure framework, there is still room to seek to extend support to all sectors and companies that have also been affected by the crisis.