The industry law is unknown if it will end up reaching Congress after many months stranded in the Council of Ministers. However, the Government has used it in its crusade against Ferrovial. In a non-legal proposal (PNL) promoted by Bildu (it is not binding, but it does reflect the positions of the parliamentary groups), PSOE and Podemos have agreed with the abertzales to commit to the industry standard conditioning the receipt of support and public aid from companies so that “there is no relocation or relocation of activity”: that is, a measure directed against Ferrovial, which has changed its registered office to list on the United States Stock Exchange, although no one is escapes that the “anti-business” climate created by the Government has also weighed.
According to the document, the law will establish “the reimbursement of support or public aid received if” a relocation occurs “during a certain period of time, taking into account the jurisprudence and regulations of the European Union.” In addition, in NLP itself, public aid will also be conditional on “maintenance of employment”. On this second point, it is also worth remembering that the draft industry law itself already incorporated the Government’s intention to shield industrial employment, establishing that companies benefiting from public aid must maintain productive activity for at least five years, three in case of SMEs.
In any case, everything can end up being a dead letter because the processing of the industry law also requires a wide time frame for those appearing affected by the norm to parade through Congress and the legislature concludes, at the latest, on October 16. .
During the PNL parliamentary debate, held on Tuesday, the PP deputy, Víctor Píriz, was very critical of the measures agreed between the Government and Bildu and with the attitude of the Government after the departure of Ferrovial, with “inflammatory statements” and, above all, with Pedro Sánchez, who “has spent weeks dedicating himself to pointing out companies and businessmen, with names and surnames, behaving more like a hooligan than like the president of all Spaniards.” “The main problem is the lack of legal certainty for companies,” he said, after recalling that there are almost 70,000 fewer companies than in 2020 and foreign investment is 45%, “below that of 2018.”