The Valencian Luis Planas will repeat as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in the new Government of Pedro Sánchez, as sources from Moncloa confirmed to numerous media outlets this Monday.
The challenges of the former Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Government of Andalusia and former ambassador to Morocco at the head of Agriculture are to promote the new Family Farming Law, as well as to promote a modern and sustainable primary sector, providing it with new aid for innovation. training and advice for small and medium-sized businesses in the rural world.
Born in Valencia in 1952, Planas has a degree in Law, a profession he practiced before joining the Labor and Social Security Inspection by opposition. He began his career in Europe shortly before Spain’s accession to the EU, holding different positions that have allowed him to learn about the functioning of European institutions.
In 1982 he entered the European Commission as part of a preparation program prior to accession and was a member of the European Parliament between 1986 and 1993, where he took part in the Foreign and Security Affairs and Institutional Affairs committees.
In 1993 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Andalusian Government of Manuel Chaves, and a few years later he returned to Brussels to direct the cabinets of the first vice president of the European Commission, Manuel Marín, and later of the commissioner Pedro Solbes.
Planas was appointed by Rodríguez Zapatero as ambassador of Spain to Morocco in 2004 and, in 2010, ambassador as permanent representative of Spain to the European Union. After these positions, in 2012 he was again appointed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment of the Junta de Andalucía, until January 20, 2014 when he was appointed Secretary General of the European Economic and Social Committee, a position he held in the present.
The minister’s challenges
In this way, Planas’ main challenge at the head of the Agriculture portfolio will be to promote the Family Farming Law to prioritize this type of agriculture with greater social value, as well as promote a modern and sustainable primary sector, and a National Food Strategy for Spain that serves to develop the food supply chain, promote employment in rural areas, and improve the quality of food.
Furthermore, in a context marked by inflation and rising food prices, your Department will address the implementation of a market monitoring system for the main products to see parameters such as prices at origin, wholesale and destination. , production costs, gross margins, production volume, imports and exports.
Agriculture also plans in this new legislature to develop a Strategic Plan for Organic Production to promote the consumption of food of differentiated quality and organic production.