The Portuguese Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Association (AHRESP) considers the measures announced yesterday by the Government to support the sector to be "positive", which it sees as important for mitigating problems in companies and preventing further dismissals.
"AHRESP welcomes the measures announced by the Minister of Economy, which have a medium-term reach, being in agreement with many of the measures that AHRESP had been proposing as an imperative need to avoid serious problems in the business fabric and consequent dismissal of many of the our workers ", reacted the representative association of the sector, in a statement sent to the agency Lusa.
In the same note, the organization considers "the positive measures, in line with proposals presented by AHRESP" and "worked together with the Government".
The association highlights the extension of the Support for Progressive Resumption until the end of the first semester of 2021, as well as the simplified support for micro-enterprises, which can opt for Support for Progressive Resumption or for two minimum wages per worker, paid in two tranches in the first semester of 2021.
The extension of the Support Program to medium-sized companies and sole proprietors without organized accounting is also welcomed, as is the creation of direct support in the form of non-repayable subsidies, aimed at meeting the costs of micro, small non-housing rents. and medium-sized companies operating in sectors particularly affected by the exceptional measures approved in the context of the pandemic caused by the covid-19.
The extension of the credit line aimed at the industrial export sector, increasing its allocation and now including companies operating in the tourism sector, is another of the measures applauded by AHRESP, for whom direct support "to large companies is equally important, in the form of credit guaranteed by the State, with the possibility of partial conversion to non-repayable loans by maintaining jobs, in order to guarantee immediate support for liquidity, operational efficiency and short-term financial health ".
The representative association of the sector also highlights the extension of the period of suspension of the effects of the termination of lease contracts, establishing a regime for establishments that have been closed, and the "easing, in the first half of 2021, of compliance with obligations VAT, as a way to support and reinforce the liquidity of companies, for those who have a revenue breakdown of at least 25% compared to the same period, being able to make payments in three or six monthly installments, without interest ".
The changes were announced yesterday by the Minister of State and Economy, Pedro Siza Viera, at a press conference to present measures to support companies that was attended by the Minister of Labor, Ana Mendes Godinho, and the presidents of the Confederations of Tourism and Trade and Services.