Palma.—The small to medium-sized business associations, Afedeco and Pimeco yesterday urged the Balearic government Vice-President and regional Economy minister Josep Ignasi Aguiló to suspend licenses for large scale hypermarkets until a Commercial sector plan for Majorca has been properly debated and approved.

The President of Pimeco, Bernat Coll and of Afedeco, Bartomeu Servera, met with Aguiló's representative- Promotion and Employment director Lourdes Cardona yesterday. The meeting had been planned last week with the intention of trying to resolve the ever-increasing tension over the Partido Popular's Commerce policy.

Coll and Servera described only minimal satisfaction with the meeting because they claimed that there were still many issues which “needed to be firmed up.” “They know what our needs are,” said Servera and Coll who both feel that the government are sidelining the needs of small businesses in favour of larger ones.

At the request of Afedeco and Pimeco, the government has said that before the end of the week, it will arrange a tri-partite meeting between the Council of Majorca, the Balearic government and the small business associations. The aim will be to see if it is possible to meet the request of Afedeco and Pimeco, to put a halt on the building of hypermarkets prior to a debate on the Commerce sector taking place.

The government has already consulted with regional judiciary sources to see if such an arrangement can be made. Cardona said that at this point in time, the government is not “favouring” anybody but wants to make sure companies have legal sureties.