The government is already studying the possible expropriation of the Alcoa factory in the Lugo town of San Cibrao. This has been recognized by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, who has stated that the Executive “will go where it has to go” in this conflict.
Maroto explains in an interview published this Sunday by ‘El Periódico’ that the objective is to maintain the productive capacity of San Cibrao and, with it, the employment of the plant, to which defined as “strategic”.
The Minister of Industry has stressed that “in the case of expropriation we have to see the legal part and the suitability with the European Commission and therefore we work on that alternative or others“In the same way, it has indicated that the Government has demanded that the factory management justify the public aid received, ensuring that if it is proven that you did not meet the requirements you will have to return them.
As regards the situation of Nissan in Barcelona, the minister explained that the Government continues to consider alternatives that allow “maintain industrial capabilities in the automotive sector”. In this sense, he stressed that “the priority is to strengthen industrial capacities in new value chains.”
Under the premise of working with “maximum confidentiality”, Maroto points out that the first objective is to work in reinstate the contract with Acciona, which stopped supplying Nissan to resume production. Thus, he stressed that it is a “very good” agreement because it allows until December 31, 2021.
European funds for reconstruction could play a relevant role here, as the Government is focused on “a very ambitious project to have the entire value chain in Spain and to be able to produce batteries “for electric cars, as the minister has advanced.
“When the president said the other day that in 2023 we will have 100,000 electric recharging points or five million electric vehiclesgives us an idea of the scope of the plan. If we believe them, we can do it, as we are the second largest vehicle manufacturer in Europe “, he added.
Regarding tourism, one of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, Maroto explained that His team is already working on the establishment of safe corridors against Covid-19 similar to those that already exist in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. He has argued that antigen tests allow “to extend the model of safe corridors from the islands to the peninsula.”
At this point, he has advanced that Catalonia will be one of the first autonomies with which it will work. “Now we have to convince our main issuers of the suitability,” insisted Maroto.