Iberian canning industries join forces to defend sector at European level

ANICP and Anfaco-CEcopesca argue that Europe's bilateral free trade agreements with third countries should take into account not only the specificity of the industry and its importance for local communities, but also unfair competition from some of these countries.

ANICP - National Association of Canned Fish Manufacturers and the Spanish counterpart Anfaco-Cecopesca - National Association of Canned Fish Manufacturers held yesterday, September 18, a bilateral meeting to promote and intensify the competitiveness of the sectors of the Iberian fish industry. canned fish at community level.

These two associations "argue that Europe's bilateral free trade agreements with third countries should take into account not only the specificity of the industry and its importance for local communities, but also unfair competition from some of these countries".

According to a statement from ANICP, this association and its Spanish counterpart presented the conclusions of the bilateral meeting Portugal-Spain, “organized with the objective of finding the platforms of understanding necessary to foster and intensify the competitiveness of the sectors of the canned fish industry. both countries in the European and global context ”.

José Maria Freitas, president of ANICP, affirmed that there is “a set of themes transversal to the industry of the two countries that intertwine with European policies and, therefore, require the commitment of all to avoid constraints to the development of our markets”.

The president of ANICP specifically stated that “the supply of raw material under competitive conditions, especially with regard to tuna loins and sardines; the importance of community aid in the next table 21-27, so that we can continue the work that has been done to promote innovation and competitiveness in the Iberian industry, and contribute in a relevant way to the proper implementation of Community fisheries policy and, finally , the strengthening of control over compliance with Europe's bilateral agreements with third countries, in particular with regard to seafood products, ensuring that all those operating on the European market comply with them ”.

For his part, Juan Vieites, secretary general of Anfaco-Cecopesca, stressed that “the canning industry has a very important role for both countries at the economic and social level, both for exports and for the jobs it generates, and which represents one of the main sources of subsistence for some riverside communities ”.

“It is precisely for this reason that we must join forces to defend the interests of industry in the European Union, namely with regard to free trade agreements, which must take into account not only the specificity of our industry and its importance for local communities, but also unfair competition from third countries, ”said the official.

Juan Vieites underlined that “this bilateral meeting also served to analyze the dynamics of sustainability and the recovery of the logic of the chain and the valorization and diversification of sea products for the production of preserves, as fundamental aspects for collective development, an aspect that not always it is observed in other geographies of the world ”.

This meeting between ANICP and the Spanish counterpart was attended by MEP Manuel Pizarro, whom the president of the national canning industry association took the opportunity to make a request, namely “the defense of the interests of the Iberian industry within the scope of his duties in the European Parliament ”.

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