Compromís senator Carles Mulet has demanded that the government "leave its passive role and take threats to the citrus sector seriously", and adopt measures such as those required by the Senate to include citrus fruits in the European list of high risk vegetables .
In a statement, Mulet has also asked the Executive to require Europe to apply the safeguard clause regarding the agreement between the EU and five countries in southern Africa, for breach of the latter of the points of the agreement.
He stressed that the agreement of the Senate urged the Government to take appropriate measures so that citrus fruits appear on the European list of high risk vegetables, and urge the European and state authorities to redouble their efforts in border health checks to avoid the arrival to the customs controls of vectors, harmful agents and sanitary problems.
He also claimed to bet on the most prepared ports and that the arrival of third countries does not harm Spanish plant health.
Mulet criticized that both the PP and the PSOE "have been repeatedly voting against this type of measures" and recalled that Compromís has filed several motions warning of the risks of agreements with South Africa, because they could lead to problems that later, Time has given them reason.
He noted that the PP voted against the measures proposed by the coalition on two occasions, including ratified, along with the PSOE, the agreement with South Africa in April this year.
"We already warned that the agreement with South Africa would be lethal and harmful for the Valencian citrus fruits in terms of imports, not only because they sank the market, but also because of the entry of all types of pests," he warned.
The senator has indicated that they are "very critical of the phytosanitary policy" of the European Union because, in this case, since the approval of the treaty with South Africa, they have detected "various plagues of the black spot", and because they see "how the Phytosanitary control criteria in Spanish and European ports vary a lot. "
"We opposed and we continue to oppose the treaty with South Africa, because we think it has not been positive for Spanish and Valencian interests," said Mulet, who has said they will continue to claim "renegotiation or abandonment, and start over from scratch with this kind of treaties. "