Planas defends the sufficiency of the package of measures so that the fleet fully resumes its activity

Carlos Manso ChicoteFOLLOW, CONTINUEMadrid Updated: 03/29/2022 19:42h

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, highlighted that the package of measures approved today is "an exceptional response to an exceptional moment" and called the meeting "positive". All this, pending what the representatives of the fishing sector Cepesca and the National Federation of Brotherhoods of Spain (FNCE) decide this afternoon at the meetings of their respective directives. In any case, Planas has defended that they are measures that want to "provide the means for fishing and aquaculture to continue working." On the reduction of 20 cents per liter, also extended to the fuel used by fishing vessels, Planas has defended this measure against the sector's preference for 35 cents per liter, imitating the decision of the French Government.

Asked about the fact that part of the fishing fleet is still moored by the high prices of diesel, Planas has considered that it should be each shipowner who knows the conditions in which they can go out to fish. «Each shipowner, each fisherman has to know the conditions in which he can fish and they are different in each fishing ground and boat. Each one must make his calculation and make his decision «, he has specified. In any case, he has defended that the approved measures allow all activity to be resumed.

In the Royal Decree of measures against the effects of the conflict in Ukraine approved this Tuesday, the fishing and aquaculture sector, apart from the total of 50 million euros that it will receive from the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (Fempa) - after activating the Article 26, which contemplates extraordinary funds for strong market disturbances - will benefit from other measures such as the deferral of the payment of Social Security contributions for three months. Specifically, 30 million go to fishing, of which 21 million euros will come from Brussels and another nine million from the Spanish Government. The remaining 20 million will go to aquaculture up to a maximum of 50,000 euros per installation. In both cases, an attempt will be made to advance up to 10% of the aid amount. In addition to the exemption of the port fee for fresh fishing and the fee for the use of hydraulic domain assets for inland aquaculture facilities for 6 months. What supposes an impact of three million euros and that was among the demands of the sector.

Direct State aid is also promoted for shipbuilding companies for 18.18 million euros to compensate for the rise in diesel and that will have an impact on some 7,600 companies. Some support that will range between 1,550.523 euros per ship for those vessels with a gross tonnage of less than 25 tons) up to a maximum of 35,000 euros for vessels with a gross tonnage of more than 2,500. Similarly, they have recalled from the Executive, that fishermen can now benefit from the ICO - Saeca line of credits with the main bonus, as well as the guarantees of Saeca (State Limited Agricultural Surety Company).

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