The Government will approve in the coming weeks to earmark €11 Bn in subsidies for companies, SMEs and the self-employed in sectors particularly affected by the economic crisis, such as tourism, hotels, restaurants and small businesses. The aid plan could include haircuts on the financing provided by the Official Credit Institute ICO, which has offered €140 Bn in guarantees. The employers’ associations from the retail and hotel and catering sectors had demanded €12.5 Bn in aid from the different administrations in order to save both industries.
Half of the line of guarantees’ first tranche, amounting to 20 billion euros, will be earmarked for SMEs and the self-employed, guaranteeing 80% of new loans and financing renewals. The remainder will go to medium and large companies. In the latter’s case, up to 70% of new loans will be guaranteed, while loans’ renewals will be guaranteed up to 60%. Once the resources are used up, the government will automatically activate new tranches of credit lines up to the maximum target of 100 billion euros.