The Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Reyes Maroto, has joined this Wednesday the members of the socialist wing of the Government who have come out to answer the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzon, for his controversial statements to The Guardian on the Spanish “macrogranjas”. As the holder of a portfolio on which the agri-food industry depends, Maroto has defended “quality and excellence” of meat that Spain exports and has asked the PP not to use these statements for the election campaign in Castilla y León.
“The quality of our meat and of our exports in the agri-food industry as a whole is excellent. We are a country that exports to more than 100 destinations and that vindicates the success of the Spain brand, the quality of our meat, our milk and all the products that come out of the work that farmers and ranchers do every day “, said the minister. In this context, she has praised the reputation of the “Spain brand” in this sector.
Maroto has tried to avoid getting into controversy, but has been asked whether Garzón should leave the Government. “I am not the one to ask for the resignation of anyone”, has answered before stating that the coalition “is a team” and it is necessary to work with “humility” and that there is “good spirit” among its members. However, he has wanted to settle the debate by ensuring that “the government is strong and united.”
With his statements, Maroto adds to the discomfort expressed by other members of the Government over Garzón’s criticism of Spanish macro-farms and the quality of the meat they produce. This Tuesday the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock, Luis Planas, He was very hard with his counterpart from Consumer Affairs and came to label this controversy as “regrettable”. Neither does the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has come out to defend Garzón these days.
Maroto opened Spain Investors Day (SID) this Wednesday, an event that brings together some 200 investors from 13 countries to raise capital for Spain. It is an event in which 44 large companies participate, but due to the repercussion it has, it also acts as a driving force for other companies.
The minister stressed to those investors that the Government has authorized 91% of European funds budgeted for last year and has already approved three PERTEs for the automobile, health and renewable energies and maintains a reformist agenda aimed at arStrengthen the “business climate”. Among others, he has highlighted the labor reform agreed at the social dialogue table and has asked all parties of the parliamentary arch to support it in Congress.
Maroto has also provided some figures to show that Spain is experiencing a moment of “fair recovery” thanks to the measures promoted by the Government, such as the ERTE, among others. Thus, he has indicated that the level prior to the pandemic has recovered and has stressed that the Spanish exports grew by 21% until October 2021, reaching 2,600 million euros, historical highs.
He has also referred to sightseeing, one of the sectors hardest hit by Covid-19. According to your data, has already recovered 64% of the volume of passengers in 2019 and in 2021, the number of tourists who came to Spain was five times higher than in 2020.
With all this, Maroto has defended that “Spain is an attractive country for foreign investment” and thanks to the Recovery Plan for European funds it is a country that offers “trust, security and certainty “ for foreign capital.