The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has asked the multinational Alcoa to be “part of the solution” and facilitate the sale of its aluminum plant in Galicia, since until now “It’s the part that makes it difficult for you”. Maroto has made these statements in Logroño, where he has attended an act of the Association of Municipalities of Camino de Santiago; to questions from journalists has affected that his department maintains frequent meetings with the factory’s Works Council because “we are participating in what we hope will be the sale of the plant”
“That is why we ask Alcoa to be part of the solution, because right now it is the one that poses many difficulties,” said the minister, referring to a process in which “the Government of Spain will be defending the jobs” from the factory. Along the same lines, he said, “we have been fighting for two years so that” the factory “does not close and the Justice has proved us right”, with which he hopes that the company will arrive at the next meeting, on Tuesday, June 29 “, with proposals in defense of a “shared goal with so many workers fighting for their future. “
On the other hand, the minister has alluded to the demands of the companies that consume the most electricity, on its price, and has affected that the Government will allocate 470 million euros to compensate this situation and it has been approved to mobilize 100 million euros more as compensation for the reduction of CO2 emissions.
“We are committed to improve industry competitiveness and address the increase in the price of electricity “, stressed Maroto, who stressed that” the important thing is to continue giving good news like this week in Guadalajara “, with the announcement of an industry investment” and also strengthen industrial capacities and think about modernizing our industry, with communities and with the industrial sector “.
The President of Galicia, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, has alluded in his statements also to the situation in the aluminum and steel sector caused by the price of electricity “because for them their activity is incompatible” with that cost “which is the highest in history.”
“If there is no mechanism for that to be compatible, at a price that enables viability of those industries, every week they are more at risk ” for which he has sued the central administration that enables a specific statute for those industries, “something that previous governments always did” but having not been enabled now, “we are facing the biggest problem for the production of steel and aluminum in Spain, which is in specific risk of closure, “concluded the Galician president.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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