Tuesday, February 20

The fishing sector calls off the strike of the fleet after meeting with the Government

The Spanish fishing sector has decided this Wednesday to call off the strike of the fleet, which had been moored at the port since last Friday, after the meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, who has advanced the Government’s intention to articulate a series of measures to mitigate the rise in diesel.

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In this way, sources from the National Federation of Fishermen’s Guilds (FNCP) have confirmed that the fishing fleet calls off the strike and will make “a great effort going out to fish at a loss”, although they are aware “of the need to bring first-class food need” and have shown their confidence in the measures proposed by the Ministry.

Planas has advanced the Government’s intention to articulate a series of measures to help the fishing sector due to the increase in diesel prices that will be included in the ‘Response Plan to the consequences of the war in Ukraine’, which will be approved on the 29th of March.

“The Government, in the rule that will be approved next Tuesday, will include support to limit the scope of price increases in relation to diesel on operating accounts”, assured Planas, who stressed that the “intention is the to limit the impact of the cost of diesel as much as possible”.

“We intend that in the Royal Decree of next Tuesday there is already a specific mention of this community article in order to activate and reduce the deadlines for the receipt of aid by the beneficiaries of the sector”, he stressed.

However, Planas has not been able to specify the specific way in which these aids will be articulated, be it fiscal or support, since it is something that “is still to be determined” and the Government will have to define.

For its part, the Spanish fishing sector has valued the “willingness” of the Government to deal with the “critical situation” that it is suffering from the increase in operating costs, especially diesel, after announcing that it will support them with aid , as well as the stoppages in transport, which is affecting its activity.

The general secretary of Cepesca, Javier Garat, has lamented the lack of specificity and the fact that the details of the aid that will go into the Decree Law, which will be approved that day by the Council of Ministers, will not be known until next Tuesday, but he has welcomed the fact that accelerate the aid from Brussels and an advance can be obtained so as not to have to wait for the community procedure.

For his part, the president of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Guilds, Basilio Otero, described the meeting with the Ministry as “positive”, where Planas “has not refused to talk about any measure.”

However, Otero has lamented that the situation of the fleet is also being affected by the transport stoppage. “It is clear that transport paralyzes Spain. If there is no transportation, it will be difficult to go fishing. The next step is that it can be reactivated and work can be done normally, but without transportation it will be difficult to work.”

Of the same opinion is the manager of Apromar, Javier Ojeda, who has highlighted how much aquaculture is suffering due to the stoppage of transport. “It is especially annoying that the problems of one sector have to be suffered by the rest of society. We must find a solution to the issue because it is inadmissible”, he stressed.