Sánchez leaves SMEs out of the strategic purchase of 2,578 million in anti-Covid material

The strategic reserve of the Government of Pedro Sanchez Y Pablo Iglesias not only is he late and dropper. Furthermore, it does so by expelling Spanish SMEs from manufacturing and purchasing. The complaint has been transferred to the Government by the Employers’ Federation FEDECON (Spanish Federation of Clothing Companies) and the Confederation of the Fashion Industry.

Affects the mega-contract 2,578 million euros awarded only partially by the central government and which must guarantee a strategic supply for the whole of Spain of masks, PCR test, robes, etc.

Business associations point out that “the public tender to manufacture sanitary material has left out Spanish SMEs.” And they detail it.

According to them, “the public tender launched by the National Institute of Health Management (Ingesa) and dependent on the Spanish Ministry of Health, for the supply of health products in the face of a new wave of Covid-19 leaves out the SMEs of our country, the same as they were able to solve the material crisis during the worst days of confinement. ‘

“Fear of a new peak”

The data from these business associations indicate that “Ingesa has stipulated a total expenditure of more than 2,009 million euros [sin IVA] to guarantee a cushion of material in the face of fear of a new peak in the contagion curve ». And right in that contract, Spanish SMEs have been forgotten at the worst time for them.

The employer’s association points out that “the requirements set out in the document almost entirely abandon Spanish companies. The impossibility of competing in prices against products imported mostly from Asian countries has made it impossible to award to national manufacturing companies».

The truth is that the Spanish fashion industry made itself available to the Government from minute one to produce all kinds of medical supplies. In fact, the companies coordinated by FEDECON-Confederación Moda de España were the first entities to obtain the necessary licenses from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMP) to manufacture the protection material against COVID-19.

90% of the textile products produced in Spain are manufactured in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), therefore, “the public tender favors international contractors leaving out the national industry”, underlines the Employers’ Association.

A group of companies in the sector, some of them members of FEDECON-Confederación Moda de España and other organizations, have also formed a UTE (Temporary Union of Companies) in order to access these contracts and maintain employment Spanish.

«And, together, they have submitted their proposal to the public tender, leaving open the possibility of incorporating other companies. Its objective was to generate investment and social commitment to manufacture health products under exhaustive quality controls and supervised by the Spanish Medicines Agency.

They add that “if the tendered lots are obtained, they would contribute to the creation of more than 17,000 jobs in our country during a year.” But the truth is that the bases of the mega-contract of the strategic reserve have completely forgotten about them, condemning them to lose that business. And that job at the worst time.

“Reactivate the market after the pandemic”

The statement from the employers’ association and sector associations points out that “the requirements that this public tender has followed do not seem to follow the same discourse of recent months, in which it was intended to promote the Spanish economy and support our businessmen”, at least theoretically . The document points out that “if Spain’s SMEs are taken into account, that public money would remain in national entities, which would translate into employment and wealth to reactivate the market after the pandemic.”

«Besides, we would have ua firm guarantee of supply at a fixed price no speculation due to fluctuations in international markets. In the event that the national and / or regional administrations took into account the companies of our country, the return to the public coffers in terms of taxes -direct and indirect-, in addition to savings in unemployment benefits and other aid would have been very important ”, adds the text of the business complaint.

«These decisions hinder Spain’s opportunity to be self-sufficient in the production of medical supplies, perpetuating dependence on third countries for this reason, “concludes the document.

It should be remembered that the contract to which they allude is one of the largest carried out by the central government against Covid, so the seriousness of the decision to expel Spanish SMEs is more than considerable. It involves the purchase of the government’s strategic reserve of masks, gloves, reagents to carry out the PCR tests, etc.

The contract has been in “under evaluation” for months. That is, without buying. And now, at last, it has become “partially awarded.” All with a committed budget of 2,578 million euros, after being announced in June, and despite being already fully in the second wave.