Factsheet for case ES-2020-12/502 – measures in Spain
|Country||Spain , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 18 March 2020 – 30 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
|Author||Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound|
|Case created||12 April 2020 (updated 27 November 2020)|
Protection is extended to energy and water supplies, guaranteeing the essential public services for vulnerable families. As a novelty, the services of telecommunications are also guaranteed. This means that over the duration of this measure, those who can't afford to pay the bills of these essential services can't be interrupted. The objective of this measure is to protect those families / persons at risk of exclusion or in a vulnerable position.
There is no quantification of the support provided.
During the month following the entry into force of this royal decree-law, suppliers of electric energy, natural gas and water may not suspend supply to those consumers in which the condition of vulnerable, severe vulnerable consumer or at risk of exclusion occurs, as defined in articles 3 and 4 of Royal Decree 897/2017, of 6 October, which regulates the figure of the vulnerable consumer, the social bonus and other protection measures for domestic consumers. The validity of the social bond is automatically extended until 15 September 2020 for those beneficiaries of the bond that expires before that date, the period provided for in article 9.2 of Royal Decree 897/2017, of 6 October.
There is no estimation on the number of eligible persons.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Other groups of citizens
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This is a pure social measure, but not really in the labour relations domain. As a result, social partners were not involved, though they could have been informed.
Social partners were supportive of this measure.
Eurofound (2020), Guarantee of water and energy supply to vulnerable consumers, case ES-2020-12/502 (measures in Spain), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.