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Factsheet for measure ES-2021-17/1902 – measures in Spain

Expansion of aid to the self-employed and companies in Ceuta and Melilla

Ampliado el margen de las comunidades autónomas para incluir más sectores beneficiados en las ayudas del Covid-19

Country Spain , applies regionally

    • – ES630 Ceuta
      – ES640 Melilla
Time period Temporary, 21 April 2021 – 30 June 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Carlos Molina (UAB)
Measure added 28 April 2021 (updated 11 May 2021)

Background information

The Council of Ministers has approved a modification of Royal Decree-Law 5/2021 of extraordinary measures to support business solvency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which allows the Autonomous Communities and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla expand the sectors and companies that will be able to benefit from the line of direct aid to the self-employed and companies endowed with €7,000 million.

The amendment included will allow the Autonomous Communities and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, within the allocation established for each of them, to include other sectors as beneficiaries of this aid, in addition to the 95 included in Annex I of said Royal Decree-Law, which have been particularly affected by the pandemic.

Content of measure

This measure, endowed with €7,000 million, channels direct aid through the Autonomous Communities and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla to the self-employed and companies in the sectors most affected by the pandemic, whose income has fallen by at least 30% with respect to to 2019.

These grants are final in nature and can be used to pay debts contracted by companies since March 2020, such as payments to suppliers, supplies, salaries, leases or reduction of financial debt.

The self-employed who pay by objective estimate may receive up to a maximum of €3,000, and the rest of the self-employed and companies between €4,000 and €200,000.

The aid is conditional on maintaining the activity until 30 June 2022.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional 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 of social partners has been reported.

Views and reactions

No information available on social partners' views.



Eurofound (2021), Expansion of aid to the self-employed and companies in Ceuta and Melilla, measure ES-2021-17/1902 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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