The budget for agricultural insurance rises 23% and decreases in rural development
The project of the General State Budgets (PGE) of 2023 increases the funds for fishing by up to 24% compared to this year, as highlighted this Wednesday in Congress by senior officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA). The undersecretary of the MAPErnesto Abati, and the Secretary General for Fisheries, Alicia Villauriz, presented the accounts during their appearances before the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Commission of the Lower House to explain the PGE of 2023.
For fisheries management, the PGE foresee 101 million euros, of which 79.3 million correspond to the item for the General Secretariat of Fisheries (not counting personnel expenses) and about 22 million come from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan fund. According to Abati and Villauriz, the increase in fishing funds will oscillate between 23% and 24% compared to 2022, although when calculating this rebound they have referred to the specific item for the General Secretariat of Fisheries.
Within the budgets for the Secretariat, the program for the protection of resources and sustainable development will have an allocation of 22 million, 20% more than in 2022; the allocation for measures in the fishing and fishing markets aquaculture stands at 57.2 million (25% more). Villauriz has defended the PGE to respond to a “difficult” moment for the fishing sector such as the current one and has also claimed that research is a priority. During the appearance there have been allusions from the parliamentarians to the bans on bottom fishing in the northeast Atlanticto which Villauriz has responded that the Government is working with scientists and dialoguing with the European Commission (EC) to reduce the scope of the ban.
Ariagona González (PSOE) has celebrated the budgets for fishing, as has Antón Gómez-Reino (Unidas Podemos), who has valued that the fishing sector “gains weight” within the agri-food funds. Joaquin Garcia Diez (PP) has questioned “complacency” on the fishing budget and has called for more effort to deal with problems such as the rise in diesel, the generational change or the decline in fish consumption. Rubén Darío Vega (Vox) has referred to the prohibition of bottom fishing and has lamented that the Spanish “fishery sovereignty” is “in the hands of environmental NGOs”.
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