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Factsheet for case ES-2020-30/2001 – measures in Spain

Plan for Economic Recovery and Social Protection

Plan de Reactivación Económica y Protección Social

Country Spain , applies regionally

    • – ES51 Cataluña
Time period Open ended, started on 21 July 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Case created 16 August 2021

Background information

The document is the result of the work carried out by the Commission for the preparation of the Plan for Economic Reactivation and Social Protection as a result of the COVID-19 crisis (CORECO), and shows the commitment of the Government towards three essential objectives: to strengthen the welfare state and the productive capacity of Catalonia; reduce the social inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable and resilient economic model. That is why the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the European Green Deal and the Digital Europe Strategy, are at the heart of the plan.

Content of measure

The Reactivation Plan shows the innovative and transformative capacity of the public sector, through twenty large projects that contain up to one hundred and forty-five specific actions. An important part of these actions is linked to the immediate management of the effects of the pandemic, in order to continue guaranteeing the benefits of the health and care system and protecting the productive economy. Together with the management of the crisis in the short term, the document envisages the implementation of major plans that address strategic issues for the country, such as the transformation of the agri-food model, the fight against climate change or sustainable mobility, and that they will be implemented in different phases on a horizon that, in the case of some projects, covers the next two decades.

The projects are grouped around four axes that draw the social, economic and institutional model towards which Catalonia must move forward in the next decade: Economy for life, digitalization, Green Transition, Knowledge Economy.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
Local / regional government
European Funds
National funds
Regional funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

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

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Regional or local level


Social partners were consulted by the government and the expert commission created to elaborate the plan. More specifically, these consultations took place in the context of the Employment Relations Council.

Moreover, social partners will be involved in the steering and monitoring commissions of the pact.

Views and reactions

Social partners were consulted on the key principles that should guide the plan for economic reactivation and social protection. They accordingly had a positive view of the plan, though they alerted about the importance of a strict monitoring of the agreements reached.



Eurofound (2021), Plan for Economic Recovery and Social Protection, case ES-2020-30/2001 (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.