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Quotas between 245 and 565 euros: Escrivá’s latest proposal to seek an agreement with the self-employed | Economy

The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, addresses the press at the gates of Congress.
The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, addresses the press at the gates of Congress.Zipi Aragon (EFE)

For months, the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration has been negotiating with the self-employed associations the new contribution system for real income for the self-employed. The latest proposal from the department of José Luis Escrivá proposes a minimum quota of 245 euros for the self-employed with lower incomes and a maximum of 565 for those who receive the most, according to negotiation sources. The previous offer from the ministry was a range of between 250 euros for those who enter 645 or less and 550 euros for those who earn more than 4,050.

In addition to the increase of 15 euros in the highest section and the cut of five euros in the lowest, the ministry proposes a fall compared to the previous proposal in the intermediate sections. For example, the self-employed who earn between 1,700 and 1,850 euros would pay 370 per month (30 euros less than in the last proposal), while those who earn between 1,850 and 2,030 euros would pay 400 (40 less). The meeting took place this Monday and the Government, the self-employed associations and the social agents participated. The president of the Professional Union of Autonomous Workers (UPTA), Eduardo Abad, has shared the proposal in full on Twitter. It consists of 14 sections, one more than in the previous approach.

Relations between Social Security, unions and self-employed organizations have gone through different stages (according to the fit of the proposals) over the last few months. Despite the fact that from the beginning all of them agreed on the need to agree on this new quotation system ―which was suggested and approved by the Toledo Pact―, its development has not been as smooth as might have been expected.

The Association of Self-Employed Workers (ATA) ―integrated into the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE)― has spoken about this new approach. The president of this organization, Lorenzo Amor, has indicated that, since the ministry sent its new proposal on Saturday, they have not had time to prepare their corrections before the meeting, which they will develop in the coming days. “It is a proposal of sections that we still do not accept. It is unaffordable for a self-employed person who earns 1,700 euros to have to pay 900 euros more in contributions per year”, he indicates.

“The self-employed are there so that the governments take costs away from them, not that they put more on them. They are fighting to survive. It is true that the price drops for 1.3 million self-employed, but it drops 50 euros. It’s 600 euros of savings per year, while for those who earn 1,700 it goes up to 900. We’re going to continue working. On Friday the Government will have our proposal”, adds Amor.

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The other two self-employed associations participating in the meeting make a more positive assessment of the new proposal. The Union of Associations of Self-Employed Workers and Entrepreneurs (UATAE, linked to CC OO) believes that “a greater effort can still be made in the lower sections,” sources from the organization indicate. “With the proposal that is on the table”, the same sources continue, “there is a very clear example: in the low section someone who earns €400 a month pays more than 60% of the fee, while in the high section the effort does not reach 15% of their income. UATAE considers it necessary “to make a greater effort to lower the lower sections because as it stands, these would be the ones to finance the system so that the higher ones do not pay what corresponds to them.”

The president of the UPTA (organization linked to UGT) affirms, in statements collected by Europa Press, that there has been “an approach by the Ministry” by offering a “significant drop in the monthly contribution” for average incomes, therefore that it considers that the conditions exist to “reach an agreement of all the parties”.

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