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Factsheet for case ES-2020-38/2000 – measures in Spain

Plan for the Economic and Social Reactivation of the Canary Islands

Plan para la Reactivación Económica y Social de Canarias

Country Spain , applies regionally

    • – ES70 Canarias
Time period Open ended, started on 17 September 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 central objective of this comprehensive project is to maintain and strengthen basic services, such as health, education, social rights and housing, so that no one is left behind by the crisis, especially the most vulnerable groups. In addition, the Plan for Reactivation aims for the Canaries to get out of this situation with its different sectors strengthened, with recovered employment, with greater integral sustainability thanks to the application of the 2030 Agenda, with more competitive tourism, with more access to public housing, with a more modern administration and with the maximum possible development of key legal texts for the Canary Islands, such as the new Statute of Autonomy and Economic and Fiscal Regime (REF), whose reforms were approved in October 2018, as well as the reinforcement of the condition of the Canary Islands as an outermost region (OR) in the European Union (EU).

Content of measure

The Plan for the Social and Economic Reactivation of the Canary Islands (Plan Reactiva Canarias), conceived to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, foresees an initial investment of €5,725.7 million in the Islands from this year until 2023.

Of the €1,425 million for 2020, the maintenance of basic services and the strengthening of health and social-health capacities will have the sum of €440.4 million.

Other strategic blocks, such as attention to the most vulnerable population sectors (the elderly, women, child poverty, victims of abuse, the disabled, dependents, migrants, LGTBI groups, etc.), will have €45 million in 2020. However, the main efforts will be directed at economic activity, employment and administrative streamlining. Thus, €547.38 million are reserved for the economic and business impulse, while for the recovery and maintenance of employment they are €190.84. Administrative simplification and coordination, meanwhile, accounts for €200.5 million, with which it is intended to facilitate projects and licenses, save bureaucratic steps and thus boost the economy and employment. The investment is completed with €500,000 for the 2030 Agenda of the Canary Islands.

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 Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

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

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


The involvement of social partners in designing the plan was sought by the regional government. The organisations involved were those most representative at regional level; CCOO and UGT on the union side, and CEOE on the employers side. Social partners will not only participate in designing the plan, but also in implementing it.

Views and reactions

As social partners negotiated the document, their views on the plan were positive.



Eurofound (2021), Plan for the Economic and Social Reactivation of the Canary Islands, case ES-2020-38/2000 (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.