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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.
Non-discrimination 16-04-2021

Bulgaria must allow baby of same-sex couple to travel: EU adviser

Bulgaria must find a way to allow the stateless baby of a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar to travel, a legal adviser of EU's top court said Thursday (15 April).
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.

Scientists, NGOs says marine Cetambicion project is waste of ‘precious time’

France, Spain, and Portugal launched the joint Cetambicion marine project on 15 March to protect cetaceans in the Bay of Biscay, but researchers and civil society campaigners say it is a waste of 'precious' time. EURACTIV France 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.
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.

‘Club Med’ countries show united front on migration

Southern EU countries sometimes called ‘Club Med’ of MED5 on Saturday (20 March) showed a united front at a meeting in Athens, urging solidarity from other EU states in sharing the migration burden.
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.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2021

Spain declares delivery riders to be staff, in EU first

Spain's government announced Thursday (11 March) a deal that will recognise riders working for delivery firms such as Deliveroo and UberEats as salaried staff following complaints about their working conditions -- a first in the EU.
Global Europe 11-03-2021

Spain’s Zendal interested in producing Sputnik V vaccine, government says

Spanish biopharmaceutical group Zendal wrote to Spain's industry minister declaring its interest in producing Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the country, an industry ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday (10 March).
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.