Aina Calvo, the Spanish government's delegate in the Balearics

Aina Calvo, speaking on Thursday.

18-02-2021Jaume Morey

The national government delegate in the Balearics, Aina Calvo, has outlined the financial commitment that the Spanish government made to the region in 2020 because of the pandemic.

On Thursday, she presented the report which indicates that 438.4 million euros were for reinforcing essential services and 618.7 million euros were for ERTE, for which 172,266 employees received protection. In addition, there were 157.8 million euros of extraordinary benefit for the self-employed and 3,467 million euros of guarantees (loans) through the ICO credit institute; these were for 17,818 businesses and the self-employed.

Asked about the vaccination programme, Calvo explained that the latest European contracts will mean an increase in deliveries from March. She said that the strategy is determined by negotiation at the European level, "where everything is done in the same way and by following the same criteria, by which people are put first and not economic activity". In this regard, she questioned the call to prioritise tourism regions.

Calvo referred to a "continuous confrontation of everyone fighting for vaccines". "It is a destructive, sterile and highly pernicious political dynamic."

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Mark Badoer / Hace 8 months

Just imagine Spain was not hanging on the financial aid drip of the EU......we would be truly buggered here. Now the politicians present it like they are our saviours, but in reality Spaniards have to thank the likes of Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands etc.

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