Large Spanish businessmen who run the Family Business Institute have come out in defense of one of their own, the president of Ferrovial, Rafael del Pino, with an unusual critical statement against the Government. "The Family Business Institute and the eighteen territorial associations throughout Spain ask to avoid personal disqualifications against representatives of private companies formulated from the institutions," says the IEF, chaired by Andrés Sendagorta, and which counts Sol Daurella among its directors, José Manuel Entrecanales, Sabina Fluxá and Simón Pedro Barceló, among others. The declaration is titled: "The Spain in which we want to stay".
This association, which represents 28% of Spanish GDP and which includes Ferrovial, having the Del Pino family as its main shareholder, "demands a climate of respect and constructive dialogue that facilitates the development of companies and their contribution to society , and ask to avoid the recent ad hominem disqualifications against private companies formulated by representatives of democratic institutions".
Although the trigger for the statement was the recent personal attack by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, on Del Pino, it does not expressly mention Ferrovial, because the association sees a general climate of disqualification that has also recently spread to another of its partners, the president of Mercadona, Juan Roig, whom the Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, described as a "ruthless capitalist".
"We ask the Government to avoid disqualifying companies and entrepreneurs for decisions taken in the legitimate exercise of their business freedom. It is essential to rebuild a climate of respect and constructive dialogue that allows the consolidation and development of our companies, to contribute to prosperity and well-being of our society", maintains the Institute.
And they claim: "Large, medium and small family businesses are the backbone of the Spanish economy, an expression of its dynamism and the best example of our country's creativity, initiative and desire for progress. We have enthusiastically contributed to the modernization and prosperity of democratic Spain".
Without expressly alluding to the legal insecurity in Spain, they did launch this criticism of the Government: "We ask that reflection and rigorous analysis prevail when defining measures that affect our activity. That, when legislating, unfavorable competitive barriers are not created with respect to the that exist in other countries around us".
However, they do not suggest any transfer of additional headquarters to that of Ferrovial and assure that they will continue "working positively for the prosperity and modernity of Spain."
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