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Factsheet for case ES-2020-28/1357 – measures in Spain

Economic reactivation measures to face the impact of COVID-19 in the field of housing

Medidas de reactivación económica para hacer frente al impacto del COVID-19 en el ámbito de la vivienda

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 07 July 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Case created 29 October 2020 (updated 05 November 2020)

Background information

The Royal Decree-Law 26/2020 approved in 7 July 2020 includes a set of economic and social measures in the field of housing that guarantee the protection of families and vulnerable groups and promote the reactivation of the economy in the aforementioned sector, as a complement to other measures taken to date.

Content of measure

The law takes a first step in the regulation of surface rights for the promotion of affordable rental housing by private developers, to promote the regeneration of the territory and urban rehabilitation as levers of economic recovery and employment creation.

Thus, in order to optimise the efficiency of the funds of the 2018-2021 State Housing Plan, which are currently in the hands of the autonomous communities, the conditions are made more flexible, effectively increasing investment in 2020 and 2021 and allowing these regional administrations to redirect funding and aid where it is most needed.

Likewise, with the aim of increasing the stock of housing for affordable or social rental for people especially affected by the crisis, the aim is to provide public administrations with legal instruments that allow effective collaboration in the different areas of their action, either state, regional or local, as well as adequate mechanisms to coordinate cooperation with economic operators.

Use of measure

No data available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement has been reported.

Views and reactions

No reactions from social partners have been reported.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      L - Real Estate Activities L68 Real estate activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 07 July 2020: Royal Decree 26/2020 on economic reactivation measures to face the impact of COVID-19 in the areas of transport and housing (


Eurofound (2020), Economic reactivation measures to face the impact of COVID-19 in the field of housing, case ES-2020-28/1357 (measures in Spain), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.