The plans of the Government of Sanchez to sign an Automotive Strategic Agreement before the next general election seems to have run aground and this will be a publicity triumph that Industry can not sign. The manufacturers have raised three requests as a step prior to signing the agreement and it does not seem that the situation can be unblocked before the elections. Last Monday, the Minister of Industry called a press conference to publicize the plan, perhaps to put pressure on the entrepreneurs of the sector. I was in a hurry to present this agreement and thus win a political trump card. This precipitation made him forget that on that day almost all of the top managers of the sector were not in Madrid. They were in Switzerland for the Geneva International Show. And from there they confirmed their rejection of the plan in its current postulates.
Sources consulted by LA RAZÓN during the exhibition confirmed that, before signing any agreement, there should be a series of conditions that guarantee the future of this industry that generates more than 10% of the Spanish GDP. The three preconditions could be summarized in terms of respect for the European Union's positions on emissions by the year 2040, recognizing that diesel and gasoline engines are still valid for circulation while complying with legal emission limits and, for last, the creation of a fund for the scrapping of the oldest cars in the park with an endowment of at least 100 million euros.
The first two involve demeaning the controversial statements of Minister Ribera demonizing the diesel and are already taking the first steps in this direction. Some government representatives are already declaring that diesel is still a valid driving force for circulation, although this change of approach is taking place slowly. The position of the manufacturers is that traffic restrictions must be applied according to the emissions caused by each car, regardless of the type of fuel used. Because the latest generation diesel have a level of emission of polluting gases similar or even lower than those of gasoline.
The third condition is the return to the plans Prever and Pive that were launched years ago. The allocation of one hundred million is considered the minimum amount, since it is necessary to remove from the circulation many thousands of cars of more than 10 that pollute around ten times more than the current ones if we want to comply with the EU pollution protocols. At present, the Spanish automobile fleet is 12.5 years old and is the second oldest in Europe, after Greece. All these measures tend to stop the decline in sales that the Spanish automotive market has been suffering for the last six months and thus offset the decline that is occurring in exports due to some economic conditions in Europe, such as the Brexit.
The draft of the plan presented by the Government provides, from now until 2025, to establish aid for a total amount of 2,686 million euros. Most of them, 1.739 million, would be destined to aid for electric mobility and connected, 525 million to aid innovation in the sector and 422 million for the rejuvenation of the staff. In return, companies in the sector are asked to make investments of up to 4,000 million euros in their manufacturing facilities over the next 18 months within a year and a half to be able to manufacture 15 new car models in our country.