AHRESP rejects restrictions on support for managing partners

The association of the hotel and restaurant sector considers the measure “the greatest injustice” towards businessmen in the sector.

Cristina Bernardo

AHRESP, the Portuguese Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Association, considers universal support for Managing Partners to be positive, but “defends that there cannot be any restriction on access to it,” says that body in a statement framing the decisions of the Minister Council this Thursday.

“According to the form that is available, the managing partners who enjoyed the exemption from contributions to Social Security during the period in which their company was in a simplified lay-off are prevented from accessing the Extraordinary Support for Activity Reduction Economic for these months ", a measure" of the greatest injustice and severely emasculating for these entrepreneurs ", considers the association - as I have already said publicly before.

“It is of the utmost urgency for Social Security to review these conditions of access, so that there is a real and real support from the Government to these entrepreneurs, who daily fight for the survival of their businesses and for the maintenance of thousands of jobs ”, The statement also mentions - which meets requirements in the same sense sponsored by several similar associations of AHRESP but dedicated to other sectors.

The association also states that "the new credit lines are not a solution for companies" and adds that "the Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira, recently assured in an interview that the Government is prepared to extend moratoriums , relax the support for the progressive recovery and launch new lines of credit ”.

The issue of default was resolved in the Council of Ministers, but “AHRESP reiterates the need for non-repayable support for companies. Companies need non-repayable incentives (lost funds) to reinforce liquidity in companies, avoiding over-indebtedness and, thus, allowing them to survive and guarantee their jobs ”.

As for the moratorium on bank credit, which is extended until September 2021, the association says that, “as always defended by AHRESP, the Government came to announce the extension of the public moratorium that suspends the payment of credit installments by families and companies . This exceptional measure, which ended on March 31, 2021, is now effective until September 30, 2021 ”, being applauded by the association.

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