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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.
Elections 05-05-2021

Spain’s Popular Party wins Madrid regional election

Spain's conservative Popular Party (PP) has won a snap regional election in Madrid, in a victory for the incumbent regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. However the party fell short of an absolute majority and must form a coalition or rely on the abstention of far-right Vox to govern. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2021

Spain urges European Commission to unblock Mercosur agreement

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has urged the European Commission to do everything in its power to move forward and unfreeze the Mercosur pact, as this would give a “political signal” to China about the EU’s economic commitment to Latin America, El País has revealed.
Elections 03-05-2021

Madrid gears up for hotly contested regional election

The “moment of truth” has arrived in the regional election in Madrid, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, with several polls predicting a clear victory for Spain’s centre-right Popular Party (PP) well ahead of its left-wing rivals, after a heated and polarised political campaign including death threats to several candidates, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2021

Spanish unemployment rate drops to 16%

Spain lost 137,500 jobs in the first quarter of the year, and both the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate have decreased, according to a recent survey published by Spain’s National Statistical Institute (INE), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 29-04-2021

Fresh poll predicts Popular Party win in ‘battle of Madrid’

A poll has put Spain's centre-right Popular Party (PP) ahead of its rivals less than a week before votes are cast in a hotly contested regional election in Madrid on 4 May. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-04-2021

Spain approves €70 billion recovery plan to help transform economy

The Spanish government has approved a €70 billion recovery plan to be funded with EU resources, which has the long-term aims of shifting the country's economy away from over-reliance on services and boosting digitalisation. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 27-04-2021

Spain’s COVID-19 cases ease but pressure on hospitals remains high

Spain has reported a decline in COVID-19 infections on Monday (26 April), although pressure on hospitals and Intensive Care Units (ICU) remains high despite a tangible increase in the vaccination pace, the Spanish Health Ministry has said. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 26-04-2021

Spain to send draft national recovery plan to Brussels this week

The Spanish government has said it expects to send the draft of its national recovery plan to the the European Commission this week ahead of the official Friday deadline, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2021

Recovery funds begin to arrive in Spanish regions

The Spanish government has in the last weeks already advanced €2.1 billion of its coronavirus recovery programme, amounting to 7.9% of the €26 billion Spain is expected to receive in EU funds this year, Spanish financial media reported.
Elections 22-04-2021

Controversial far-right posters ignite Madrid election campaign

Spain's far-right VOX party has ignited the campaign for Madrid's upcoming regional election with a series of controversial posters taking aim at social benefits received by unaccompanied minors who arrive as migrants. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2021

Spain makes plea for ‘flexibility’ in EU recovery plan

The Spanish government is seeking “flexibility” from Brussels on the sensitive topic of state aid to help battered companies hit by the COVID-19 crisis as the government will disclose next week details of its recovery plan (Plan de Recuperación), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 20-04-2021

Parties launch ‘Battle of Madrid’ ahead of snap regional poll

Political parties vying for power in Madrid’s regional parliament have officially launched their campaigns, two weeks days ahead of a snap vote taking place amid rising COVID-19 cases and deep political polarisation. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 19-04-2021

Spain expects to have its own COVID-19 vaccine ready this year

Spain expects to launch a COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year, according to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who described Spanish pharmaceutical firm Hipra's vaccine candidate as one of Europe's most promising to end the pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 16-04-2021

Spain to apply for EU funds to retrain workers on furlough scheme

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is expected to apply for EU funding to help retrain 900,000 workers on government-backed temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTE, Spanish financial media has reported. EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reported. 
Economy & Jobs 15-04-2021

Spanish public administration debt hits record €83bn in 2020

The debt of all Spanish public administrations with their private suppliers amounted in 2020 to €83 billion, a record and 39.4% more than in 2016, the Bank of Spain has revealed, EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-04-2021

Spain to focus COVID-19 recovery funds on ecological transition, digitalisation

Spain plans to invest 68% of its share of the EU’s post-pandemic recovery fund in ecological transition and digitalisation between 2021 and 2023, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports.
Coronavirus 13-04-2021

Spain to receive first batch of single-dose Janssen vaccine

The first batch of doses of the Janssen (Johnson&Johnson) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is due to arrive in Spain within 48 hours according to the country’s health minister, Carolina Darias, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Coronavirus 12-04-2021

Spanish PM under pressure to lay out next steps in tackling pandemic

Spainish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will this week detail further plans to manage the COVID-19 pandemic amid fierce criticism from the conservative opposition about the slow vaccination roll-out and controversy surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
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 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.