SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, March 9 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Government of the Canary Islands, Alicia Vanoostende, and the General Director of Agriculture, Augusto Hernández, held a working meeting in Brussels this Wednesday with heads of the General Directorate of Agriculture of the European Commission in which they They advanced that the Government has made itself available “for any verification that they require regarding the use of European funds” and its possible involvement with the ‘Mediator’ plot.
They have also stated that the Executive “is collaborating closely with justice and high government inspection has been requested by the Ministry of Public Administrations to the General Directorate of Livestock.”
The meeting has also served to address the process of agrarian reconstruction of the island of La Palma after the volcanic eruption, collects a note from the Ministry.
Together with technicians from the European department and the Ministry, and the presence of the president of Asprocan, Domingo Martín, and his manager, Sergio Cáceres, the regional head of the area conveyed all the actions and work carried out by the Canarian Government for the recovery of the agrarian normality, focused mainly on the feasibility study for the recovery of the farms affected by the lava.
The Ministry presented to the Commission the current state of the affected area, the number of farms and area, as well as the phases of technical feasibility to replace the crop in areas where it is possible to recover the lost banana hectares, as well as the activities carried out by the autonomous department so far.
One of the main requests submitted to the European Commission was to request an extension of the POSEI aid for producers who lost their farms as a result of the volcanic eruption, whose condition involves having a recovery plan linked to the budget and phases of concrete execution and have the certain commitment of the producers to return to the activity, aspects that have already been resolved.
“It is essential to maintain the income of the 530 affected producers for the duration of the recovery process, for which it is essential to preserve European funds,” Vanoostende explained.
Likewise, it pointed out that “the Commission services showed their predisposition to help the continuity of the aid” for which they will submit to the Commission “a proposal to extend the period of payments of the Posei justified on the basis of the criteria that were required for resolve it in the coming months.