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Statements by Domingo Martín Ortega, president of ASPROCAN

Europe maintains the POSEI program file as it is after 2020

"We must send a reassuring message, as Brussels has resolved to keep the POSEI file as it is, which was our main objective."

"However, the fact that the CAP funds for Spain, France and Portugal must cover 50% of the POSEI represents a blow to the 'constitutional' rights of the OR's recognized in the EU Treaty."

“Following the decision adopted by the Trilogue, the Government of Spain must mobilize the European funds allocated to Spain to cover 50% of the cut to the POSEI file for the Canary Islands for the next 7 years (5 million Euro per year will have to cover the Spanish CAP of the 10 million per year: 70 million Euro in total until 2027).”

Domingo Martín Ortega, president of the Association of Organizations of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands (ASPROCAN).

"Minister Luis Planas had made a commitment to the banana sector that the Government of Spain would not hesitate to make the necessary contribution from the‘ National PAC ’to maintain the POSEI file and we fully trust that this will be the case."

"This new mechanism had never been applied in the EU's agricultural policy, so now all the necessary steps must be taken to guarantee that this measure is complied with before its entry into force, scheduled for January 1 2021."

“The sector is avoiding crossing red lines, but we must recall that the lack of updates to this file since 2007 is still a pending cause. It is a very important step forward, but it does not solve our long-term situation in the face of the huge pressure from third-country bananas.”

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