Torrent failed to close agreement to reindustrialize Catalonia

“Absolute priority.” This is how the ‘advisor’ of Empresa i Treball is defined, Roger Torrent, new National Agreement for Industry (PNI) in an interview with EL PERIÓDICO DE CATALUNYA, a medium belonging to the same publishing group as this September newspaper. A few days ago, he had called on employers and unions to initiate a consultation process that should result in a package of measures that would reverse the weight of industrial activity in Catalonia and restart it. Torrent’s initial goal was to close the deal in January 2022, and four months later, the engine of this reindustrialization still hasn’t started, and there are neither closed priorities nor a detailed budget.

That the Catalan industry needs a shock, the Government workforce development, Pimek, CCOO Y UGT. The weight of industry in Catalan GDP has been decreasing from 27% to 19.8% in the last ten years, its volume is decreasing every year and the target is 25% before 2030. Although this common diagnosis is contradicted by the lack of consensus on the outlines and which one should have higher priority in the agreement. This is one of several factors cited by the different sources referenced for this report to explain the delay.

“The richness of the discussions in the working groups, with the input and demands of both the members of the working groups and the Pact Board, contributed to a very complete and useful PNI for the reindustrialization of Catalonia, but it required more time. To identify and agree on all the actions discussed” , they are justified from Torrent’s ‘conselleria’. “hyperanalysis paralysis“A source present at the negotiations replies.

The lack of specification and detail of the current budget for investments and projects that are transforming the Catalan productive fabric industrially is another reason for the slow pace of negotiations. How much money will there be for the deal? Between 2,400 and 3,000 million eurosis the fork drawn by various sources consulted among social agents. a larger amount 1,844 million to which the previous industrial agreement was given.

But the problem is that this figure, which will cover the period 2022-2025, is not clear what is the normal budget of the departments and whether they will spend the same money whether there is a deal or not, how much? how much of the extraordinary budget and European funds the future and timing are uncertain to give impetus to tractor projects. One of the criticisms of the previous agreement’s outcome was that it wanted to cover too many issues and failed to develop concrete measures with far-reaching impact. “We run the risk of the same thing happening to us again,” warns one consulted source.

The political moment also plays a role in the more than four-month delay that chained the birth of the industrial pact. The countdown for the 2023 municipal elections has begun and the Government is cautious about how the actions they will now decide may condition its outcome. One of the pillars of the National Industrial Pact, energy transition. And that transition includes promoting renewable energies that have an impact on the region. In which municipalities will windmills, solar panels and other electricity generators be installed? green energy?

The current account deficit is substantial and according to a recent study by Col.legi d’Enginyers Industrials, Catalonia needs to multiply its current installed capacity by 20 to meet its sustainability goals for 2050. participation – or at least speed – in the name of ‘conselleria’ Climate Action they put this as a ‘barrier’ in elaborating the industrial deal and closing the deal.

The health of the current government coalition is a factor that conditions the negotiations. More precisely, the uncertainty of the future. One of the options put on the table was to try to approach an industrial agreement whose measures would go beyond the current legislature’s horizon and involve more political forces. However, this was ruled out due to the inability to ensure the continuity of the measures and the fear of being stuck in the drawer in case of a hypothetical early election. Social agents now hope that the parties that make up the Government make a series of contacts with the forces in Parliament most likely to approve the package of measures – the PSC and the ‘communes’ – to have a clear political path.

Source: Informacion


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