The Secretary of State for Global Spain, Manuel Muniz, predicts that the tourism It will recover 50% of its activity this coming summer, something to which the green certificate that the European Union (EU) is going to launch to allow mobility will contribute significantly. This was stated yesterday in a new edition of the Forum + Europe, organized by INFORMATION Y Mediterranean House, with the collaboration of the Alicante Chamber of Commerce, the Generalitat Valenciana, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (Euipo) and the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) of Elche. Muñiz also assured that the appropriate policies have been promoted to achieve a strong and rapid economic reactivation of the country.
“A foreign action strategy for a post-covid world”. That was the title of the presentation starring Manuel Muñiz at the Casa Mediterráneo facilities, an event attended by, among others, the president of the Alicante Chamber of Commerce, Juan Riera; the rector of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Juan José Ruiz; the subdelegate of the Government in the province, Araceli Poblador; the president of the PSPV-PSOE, Juana Serna; the CEO of the Idex Group, Miguel Quintanilla; and Raquel Martín and Pablo Benítez, advisory members of the Secretary of State for Global Spain.
The director of Casa Mediterráneo, Héctor Salvador, was in charge of introducing the speaker, who has a degree in Law from the Complutense of Madrid, rector until a year ago of the IE School of Global and Public Affairs, and one of the 25 intellectuals that are redefining Ibero-American thought, according to Esglobal. The director of the INFORMATION Club, Toni Cabot, was in charge of moderating the event.
The Secretary of State for Global Spain explained that the country has been preparing its foreign action strategy since March last year, when the strong impact that the coronavirus pandemic was going to have was already being seen. “We wanted to see the effects that the crisis was going to have on the international level and prepare an adequate political response that would not entail a regression in social and labor rights, which we are applying both internally and also in the international context. Proof of this is the intense negotiations that we have carried out together with other Member States, and which have resulted in the European recovery and resilience funds, through which Spain will receive no less than 140,000 million euros in three years , which is an immense opportunity for the country, “he emphasized.
This is one of the elements that make Manuel Muñiz “reasonably optimistic” in the face of economic recovery. In his words, “the 750,000 million euros with which these funds are endowed double the financial budgets of the EU and are a show of solidarity. In addition, no one guaranteed that they would be approved at this speed, so it is to be very satisfied. ”
The other elements that will contribute to recovery are, according to Muñiz, “vaccines, which are highly effective and have been achieved in record time, taking into account that the average development period so far for other ailments was ten years. We also have the general state budgets, which are the mechanism on which European funds are going to land. Without them, there would be no community investment. And finally, I also have to refer to the Brexit agreement, very important for Spain, if we think that the United Kingdom represents our second investment stock, only behind the United States. For the secretary, “all these policies make us see the future with optimism. We are now facing the enormous challenge posed by the deployment of funds, but for now we have equipped ourselves with the appropriate instruments to face the recovery with guarantees ”.
One of the main problems that economies are facing at the international level are mobility restrictions, which in Spain have had a strong impact, especially in tourism, “a vital sector, which generates 80,000 million euros in a way directly and 100,000 indirectly ”, he highlights.
In this sense, he highlighted the importance of the green certificate that the EU is promoting. “It is,” he explained, “a QR code that can be read via mobile phone or on paper, and which will contain information about the carrier in relation to whether he has been vaccinated, whether he has undergone a diagnostic test 72 hours before. of the trip, or if you have overcome the disease and have immunity against covid. For our country, this instrument, which we want to be operational in the month of June, is going to be vital, because it will allow us to recover mobility just in the summer, which is the decisive time for tourism. From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs we want to achieve the maximum possible mobility, within certain parameters of sanitary security ».
In this context. Muñiz shares the vision of the Minister of Tourism, in the sense that tourism will be able to recover 50% of the activity it had in 2019 this summer, before the pandemic occurred. “If we are able to regain mobility in the EU, as is our wish, we will already have part of the problem solved,” he said.
The public, both those who followed the presentation at the Casa Mediterráneo facilities and those who did so online, were very active in posing questions to the Secretary of State for Global Spain. The threat of tariffs in the US that weighs on footwear, as a result of the Google Tax that the Government of Spain wants to implement, came to light as it could not be otherwise. Muñiz, in this regard, recalled that the matter is being negotiated at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), “and we trust that an agreement will be reached this year, among other things because the United States has shown its vocation to negotiate ».