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Economy & Jobs 11-06-2021

Spanish capital unveils €3.9 billion plan to make Madrid ‘best place to live’

Madrid’s conservative mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has announced an ambitious plan to make the Spanish capital “the best city to live and work in 2030”, thanks to an initial investment of €3.9 billion of EU money, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 10-06-2021

Spain presents plan to tackle soaring youth joblessness

Spain has set curbing soaring youth unemployment, which is among the highest in the European Union, as one of its main priorities for the coming years, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2021

Spain mulls lifting restrictions for hotels, restaurants, cafes

Spain's health ministry is in favour of gradually lifting restrictions for the hotel, restaurant and cafes sector known as HORECA and is mulling the reopening of nightlife activities for medium-risk regions for COVID-19. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Coronavirus 07-06-2021

Spain to also accept travellers with cheaper rapid antigen tests

Spain will allow travellers to enter the country as of Monday if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, present a negative PCR test or show that they have taken the much cheaper rapid antigen test. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2021

Spain to reopen nightlife for summer season

Spain plans to reopen nightlife venues in regions with fewer COVID-19 cases in time for the summer season as the country eyes an international tourism sector badly hit by the pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Economy & Jobs 03-06-2021

Spain’s unemployment figures improve as economy gradually recovers

Unemployment in Spain significantly improved in May, with 129,378 fewer people searching for a job, the best official figure since 1996, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2021

Spanish tourism sector dealt severe blow in first quarter

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to badly affect Spain’s tourism sector, which in the first quarter of the year saw an 82% drop in the number of international tourists it welcomed compared to the same period of 2020, from 10.6 million to only 1.8 million. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Politics 31-05-2021

Spanish PM to decide on Catalan separatist pardons within weeks

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is considering granting pardon by the end of June for a group of Catalan separatists jailed for their involvement in holding an illegal independence referendum in 2017, Spanish media has reported.
Coronavirus 28-05-2021

Spain’s vaccination roll-out is sixth fastest in Europe

Five months after Spain started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the country ranked sixth in terms of most doses administered, equivalent to 18 % of its population, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Politics 27-05-2021

Spanish government mulls pardon for jailed Catalan separatists

Spain's government is considering pardoning 12 Catalan separatist politicians sentenced in 2017 for their role in holding an illegal independence referendum in the region, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has confirmed. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2021

Spain in race against the clock to extend furlough schemes

Spain's employer’s association has rejected a latest proposal by Social Security Minister José Luis Escrivá to extend pandemic-era temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTE - protecting some 600,000 jobs - beyond the 31 May deadline. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Energy 25-05-2021

Spain positions itself to be Europe’s green hydrogen hub

Spain has the “best conditions” to become Europe’s green hydrogen hub, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 24-05-2021

Spain lifts travel restrictions for UK, Japan hoping to salvage summer

Spain has from Monday (24 May) lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions for citizens of 10 low-risk countries, including the UK and Japan, in a bid to jump-start its pandemic-stricken tourism sector in time for the summer season. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Circular economy 21-05-2021

Spain sets 2050 target for a circular, carbon-neutral economy

Spain will aim to achieve a circular and carbon-neutral economy by 2050 to minimise its environmental impact, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Morocco shuts off border crossing to Spain amid record migrant influx

Moroccan border guards on Wednesday sealed off the crossing into Ceuta following two days of an abrupt migrant crisis that saw over 8,000 people illegally enter the Spanish enclave. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Migration crisis on Spanish-Moroccan border sparks diplomatic row

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has pledged to safeguard the territorial integrity of the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla after 6,000 migrants from Morocco entered Spanish territory, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 18-05-2021

Pro-independence parties form regional government in Catalonia

After five months of tough negotiations, pro-independence parties in Catalonia have announced they have formed a new coalition government in the northeastern region that staves off the need for fresh regional elections, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 17-05-2021

Spanish government admits to mistakes in early pandemic

The Spanish government has admitted it made mistakes in the early days of the pandemic in a report by the National Security body, Spanish media reported. EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2021

Spain aims to boost COVID-stricken tourism sector with new campaign

Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto this week urged foreigners to start preparing for their getaway in Spain now, stressing that the conditions in the country allowed for the resumption of international and domestic travel. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
Elections 13-05-2021

Spain eyes fresh elections in Catalonia to tackle political crisis

A new regional election could be a possible way to unblock the political crisis in Catalonia after separatist parties were unable to reach an agreement and form a pro-independence executive, the Spanish government has said. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 12-05-2021

Spanish government divided over new post-lockdown concerns

Spanish politics has been thrown into turmoil following the expiration of the pandemic-era state of alarm at the start of this week which formed the legal basis for the country's coronavirus restrictions, with health authorities warning regions no longer have the means to tackle infections. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Future of mobility 11-05-2021

Spain’s car industry eyes extension of furlough schemes to save jobs

The Spanish car industry is mulling extending temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTEs currently due to expire at the end of the month until at least next September to mitigate the pandemic’s negative impact on the sector. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 10-05-2021

Spaniards return to new normal as state of alarm expires

Spaniards have celebrated the dawn of a new normal as the country's pandemic-era state of alarm expired at midnight on Sunday with the government refusing to propose a new legal framework to allow regions to implement new restrictions in case of fresh coronavirus outbreaks. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Energy 06-05-2021

Spain’s green recovery plan among EU’s best, experts say

The contribution of Spain's recovery, transformation and resilience plan to the green transition is among the best in the EU, according to a report international climate experts highlighting the lack of European ambition to decarbonise the economy, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.