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Coronavirus 02-04-2021

No Easter break for vaccinations in Spain as case numbers rise

Vaccinations against COVID-19 will continue in Spain over the Easter period as coronavirus case numbers climb again to pass the nationwide threshold of 150 cases per 100,000 people, placing the country in the highest risk level. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-04-2021

Spain’s central bank urges extension of temporary lay-off schemes

Spain's Central Bank has recommended the extension of temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTEs for employees in economic sectors worst-hit by the pandemic, in particular tourism. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

Spain tightens COVID-19 restrictions, mask wearing rules

Spain will as of Wednesday (31 March) implement a series of new and tougher measures to prevent COVID-19 infections under the so-called New Normality Law, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
EU-Africa 30-03-2021

Spain presents new EU-Africa development strategy

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said his country has aspirations to help create a new EU development strategy in Africa, EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.  
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2021

Tourism debate reaches fever pitch in Spain as Easter break begins

With some of Europe’s most relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, Spain is awaiting a modest influx of foreign tourists over the Easter holidays, but the topic has sparked debate in a country where locals are not permitted to travel outside their regions, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-03-2021

Minister: Spain has absorbed 50% of current EU structural funds

Spain has absorbed 50% of its allocated European Union structural and investment funds for the 2014-20 period, the country's finance minister, María Jesús Montero, has said. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 25-03-2021

Spain pins hopes on EU health certificate to save summer season

Spain is pinning its hopes on the EU's proposed digital health certificate and on vaccines to save the summer tourism season, after a catastrophic year for the country's hospitality industry, commonly known as HORECA. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Former IMF chief Rato faces fresh fraud accusations in Spain

The former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Rodrigo Rato, is facing fresh allegations from Spanish anti-corruption prosecutors, including alleged tax fraud, corruption, and document falsification, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 23-03-2021

Spain’s centre-right Popular Party predicted to win Madrid snap poll

Spain's centre-right Popular Party (Partido Popular, PP) looks set to comfortably win a snap regional election scheduled for 4 May in Madrid, according to a recent poll. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2021

Thirty Spanish companies ask government for COVID-19 bailout

Approximately thirty Spanish companies hit economically by the COVID-19 crisis have asked for bailouts between €3 and €3.3 billion from the government in order to survive and remain competitive, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Health 19-03-2021

Spain becomes seventh country to legalise euthanasia

Spain's parliament on Thursday (18 March) voted through with a large majority a bill to legalise euthanasia, making the country the seventh in the world to do so, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2021

Spain set to allocate €10 billion to combat ‘rural exodus’

The Spanish government will allocate about €10 billion of the total EU ‘post-COVID-19’ recovery funds approved for the Iberian country, to combat rural depopulation. EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Elections 17-03-2021

Spanish deputy PM quits to stand in Madrid election

Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias triggered a political earthquake earlier this week when he announced his resignation from the post to unite regional forces against the far-right in regional elections in Madrid. EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Coronavirus 11-03-2021

Catalonia demands Spain approve AstraZeneca jab for over-55s

Catalonia's regional government has issued an ultimatum to the central Spanish government in Madrid demanding it approve the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over the age of 55, warning that “either they act or we will act,” EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 10-03-2021

Spain approves plan to support working mothers

The Spanish government has approved the first phase of a €200-million plan aimed at helping working mothers reconcile employment and family commitments, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2021

Spanish business leader: EU fiscal rules are not an ‘open bar’

The softening of EU fiscal rules to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on Spanish businesses may lead to a massive deficit in two years time if not responsibly handled by the government, an industry representative has warned in an interview, EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

Spain eyes €11 billion rescue package for struggling businesses 

The Spanish government is expected to approve a rescue package worth €11 billion by the end of the month in support of small and medium-sized businesses badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Coronavirus 04-03-2021

Most Spanish regions intend to maintain lockdowns over Easter

In the latest bid to gain control over the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all Spanish regions have said they aim to keep in place restrictions adopted to reduce mobility between the provinces over the Easter holiday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 03-03-2021

Spain records over 4 million unemployed for first time since 2016

Spanish unemployment figures in February reached their highest level since April 2016 as the country reels from the economic impact of the pandemic, EURACTIV's media partner  EuroEFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 02-03-2021

Spanish self-employed, small entrepreneurs pessimistic about recovery

Some 300,000 more jobs are expected to be lost in Spain in 2021, mainly affecting small businesses, in a new blow to the already battered economy, warned the Spanish Association of the Self-Employed Workers (Asociación de Trabajadores Autónomos, ATA). EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Transport 01-03-2021

‘COVID-19 passport’ could widen social gap between rich and poor, expert warns

The president of the Spanish Association of Vaccinology (AEV), Amos Garcia, firmly opposes a European "COVID-19 passport" that would grant travel privileges to those vaccinated because it could widen the “social gap” between rich and poor countries, not only in Europe but also worldwide.
Global Europe 26-02-2021

Extremists and terrorists use pandemic to ‘sell’ their messages, Europol chief warns

Extremist groups, left-wing and right-wing, jihadists and radicals, are taking advantage of the vulnerability created by the pandemic in Europe to spread their message of hate on social networks and the internet, the chief of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), Catherine De Bolle, has warned.
Economy & Jobs 25-02-2021

Spain announces €11 billion direct aid package for SMEs

Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Wednesday (24 February) an €11 billion direct aid package to help mitigate the difficult financial situation of Spain's small and medium-sized companies, and the self-employed badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 24-02-2021

Spain closely monitors newly imported COVID-variants as infections drop

Spain’s health ministry continues to closely monitor the British, South African, and Brazilian variants of the COVID-19 virus and has now put its focus on four new variants - two from the UK, one from California, and another from Rio de Janeiro, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.