The Vice President and Minister of Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory, Juan Pedro Yllanes, and the Director-General of Commerce, Miquel Piñol, held a telematic meeting this Tuesday with the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Mallorca, Antoni Merchant; the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Ibiza and Formentera, Carlos Marí-Mayans, and the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Menorca, Rubén Adrián, to discuss the proposal for reformulating the chamber of commerce model.
In the words of Vice President Yllanes “from the Govern we are very clear that we want a chamber system of public-private collaboration, but with a public scope, and that the chambers are the executor of public policies, with a clear differentiation from the employers’ framework but, obviously, not from the business one”. “In the particular case of our community, we want there to be a chamber system of proximity, therefore maintaining its insular character”, he added.
Yllanes pointed out that the reformulation of the chamber model is in line with the proposal of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, which “through its Secretariat of Trade has offered all the autonomous communities a round table to reflect on the future of the chambers at a state-level”.
The Vice-president took advantage of the meeting to call on the representatives of all the chambers to improve coordination in order to face the arrival of the NextGen Funds: “We would like to make an effort to coordinate chambers-Govern in such a way that this year and next year we work to achieve the financing milestone of the NextGen funds in terms of the population criterion, that is, to reach 2.48% of the funds. What is more, we want to go further by maximising the success of the projects, as this will be the success of everyone, and by optimising resources through this necessary coordination,” he said.
For his part, the director-general of Commerce, Miquel Piñol, indicated that “it is important to improve coordination between institutions but also between chambers of commerce. The arrival of FonsNextGen is an opportunity that we have to take advantage of in the next calls. I would like to remind you that, in the last Next Generation call for the commerce sector, the 26 projects that came from municipalities and councils achieved only 1.25% of the total budget, far below the target we had set ourselves of a minimum of 2.48%”.
“The Government and this council in particular have made a considerable effort, both regulatory and budgetary, to ensure the continuity of the three chambers. Year after year, during this legislature, we have improved the respective budgets and conditions, and, although the pandemic and the uncertainty generated have blocked the development of the chambers’ plans, we hope to complete them this year with your collaboration”, he added.
Piñol also pointed out that, now that the electoral processes for the renewal of the plenary sessions are open, “we would like the parties to make an effort to integrate criteria of parity and equality, so that the chambers are a reflection, not only of the economic and productive reality of our community, but also of its society”. “For this Government, and in a transversal way, achieving gender equality and empowering all women is a conviction and a fundamental objective”.