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The president of the Balearic Confederation of Business Associations (CAEB), Carmen Planas, has urged political parties to spur economic growth without resorting to increasing taxes, while she has called also for measures to eliminate unnecessary spending.

Addressing her remarks towards Balearic candidates standing for Congress and Senate, Planas has stressed that businesses “can grow without taxes being raised on families or business”. Before some 150 business leaders attending a meeting prior to Sunday’s general election, Planas remarked that cutting out superfluous spending “also avoids an increase in taxes”.

In addition to those from business, the meeting was attended by the number-one candidates for Congress from six parties: Mateo Isern (PP), Ramon Socias (PSOE), Antoni Verger (Més), Fernando Navarro (Ciudadanos), Jaume Font (El Pi) and Juan Pedro Yllanes (Podemos).

Planas went on to say that CAEB seeks to build bridges and to listen to the different candidates as well as listening to businesspeople. “Those in business believe that the main challenge for the future in the Balearics is the recovery of levels of wealth and of social welfare.”

The CAEB president noted during her presentation that in 2001 the Balearics had occupied third position in terms of per-capita income but that by 2014 had slipped to seventh place (among Spain’s regions). “We need to prioritise recovery and this must come through the support given to the growth of businesses and to improvement of our competitiveness.

“Any measures taken by governing administrations should be facilitators of business economic activity and not ones which hamper this.”