The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, acknowledged today that her department is maintaining contacts with potential investors interested in the Vestas plant in Villadangos del Páramo (León) and is evaluating its viability before making them public.
"Until we evaluate their viability we will not make them public so as not to generate false expectations", said the minister, who has encouraged the other agents or public administrations to join the agreement that last October 10 signed the Government, Vestas, CCOO and UGT mitigate the effects of the orderly cessation of the plant.
In this regard, the minister has defended the performance of the Executive in this process, which has described as "immediate" and "responsible", and stressed that in six weeks has been agreed with the Danish company and unions a framework of action that includes measures to maintain industrial capacities in the factory until the end of 2019.
Likewise, Maroto recalled that one of the requirements of Industry is the commitment of Vestas to facilitate the acquisition of the facilities to potential investors who maintain new projects in the plant.
The head of Industry has insisted that since the August 27 Vestas announced the closure of the factory in Leon the Government went to work to find a solution that addresses the negative impact on employment and the productive fabric of the area and who met with representatives of the company, together with the Junta de Castilla y León, to know the reasons for the decision.
"We insist on giving an outlet to the productive unit and maintain employment and undertake a reindustrialization plan," said Maroto, who has also referred to the creation of the working group to develop this reindustrialization project.
The deputy of Unidos Podemos Ana Marcello, has ensured that Vestas was installed in Villadangos del Páramo thanks to the cession of land and 15 million euros of subsidies and after the necessary period has presented an ERE taking the production to China, which has caused that workers have declared more than 3 months of indefinite strike.
"We have to put an end to the relocation and this looting process," said the deputy, who has asked for a "strong hand" against the multinationals, which she has accused of "filling the pocket of subsidies" and then leaving.
He also replied to the minister that they will not have their support if they want to attract vulture funds to the plant and added that if you want a country with a future you have to be brave. "Either you are with the multinationals or with the working people," he added.