There is, for the moment, no hard and fast money in aid, no VAT reduction, or guarantees that the summer festivals that have had to be suspended due to the coronavirus health crisis will be covered, but the Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes has promised to propose to the autonomous communities a “great pact of State” so that no one “is left behind” in this sector, on which 700,000 families depend, and so that Spain comes out of the crisis “without damaging culture”, which generates some 40,000 million euros, 3.2% of the country’s GDP .
Uribes plans to meet tomorrow by videoconference with all the Councilors for Culture and representatives of the cultural area of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) to transfer a social and political pact that allows «Protect and relaunch the sectors of culture, recover the pulse and promote and encourage culture, from all areas, with the Government at the helm». The minister wants culture to be recognized as a basic necessity with the aim of “preserving it in the face of future crises, thinking that it must be specially protected” and, in this sense, he will ask the councilors to leave the culture ” out of political haggling. Uribes will ask them for “collaboration, high-mindedness, loyalty, unity and trust that culture in Spain is a shared, plural and common value that needs everyone’s help.”
The state pact that Uribes proposes will include the cultural sectors that for a few days have been reproaching him for his lack of specificity in aid and his, until now, lack of commitment to approve the labor, fiscal and economic measures that from the world of cinema and theater, publishers and books, the performing arts and the graphic sector demand him. These include a fund for economic aid to workers, a reduction of 21 to 10% in VAT on tickets and caches for public theaters, and direct subsidies.
For this reason, all these sectors have placed their trust in the meeting that they will hold on Friday with Rodríguez Uribes and the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, who in the end can open or close the tap for financial aid. This telematic meeting will be attended by 30 representatives of groups from the world of culture.