April 15, 2021

Reyes Maroto says that there are companies interested in the factories of Alcoa in Avilés and La Coruña

Reyes Maroto says that there are companies interested in the factories of Alcoa in Avilés and La Coruña


The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has declared this afternoon in Congress that "we already have interested companies" in the Alcoa plants of Avilés and La Coruña, threatened by the closure. However, sources of this multinational have stressed to this newspaper that, at the moment, "there are no concrete offers of purchase".

These offers from national and foreign investors will be analyzed by the follow-up desk that integrates the company, the unions, the ministry and the autonomous communities.

Reyes Maroto He has appeared in the Industry Committee, at your own request, to inform about the measures taken in industrial, commercial and tourist matters of your department, as well as to explain the cases of Alcoa and La Naval.

In her first speech that lasted for 75 minutes, the minister recalled that industry accounts for 15% of our country's GDP, far from the 20% recommended by the EU, and employs 2.7 million workers and that "One of our objectives is to create trust and confidence in the private sector, as well as to give a boost to innovation". He has also highlighted that "Despite the problems of different companies, Spain remains attractive for industrial investment."

On the case of Alcoa, he stressed that «We have not put aside» and that "you have to finish playing the game" before June 30. "Not worth any investment plan, plus it has to be for the medium and long term."

About the shipyards of La Naval (Sestao), currently in the process of liquidation, the minister has indicated that the European regulation is "strict" on the support by the public administration to companies in crisis and "prevents its rescue", so it ensures that the solution for the shipyard passes for advancing in the liquidation process and for getting potential investors to show interest in that facility.

Dozens of workers from these yards have concentrated in front of the Congress of Deputies to demand a solution and maintenance of jobs. Subsequently, a group of them followed the appearance of the minister in an adjoining room.

Yolanda Díaz, from the group Unidos Podemos-En Comú Podem-En Marea has harshly criticized the minister, throwing her in the face«Yesterday was the first time you visited one of the two Alcoa plants» and that if an agreement was reached a month ago it was "because of the struggle of the workers, since the ministry only left them a room".

Most of the parliamentary groups agreed to reject interruption auctions because it harms the electrointensive companies.

The socialist spokesman, Herick Campos, rejected the existence of an industrial crisis in Spain. "It's a mistake, false and unfair," he said, and recalled that the problems are before June 2018. He added that «The important thing is to solve the problems, not the photos».

In the turn of reply, the minister said that "we have an industrial Spain of which we must be satistechos". And he stressed that "Who closes are the companies, not the government, and we are against the ERE, we are with the workers". On La Naval, he said that "when we arrived at the Government it was already in liquidation".


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