MADRID – The Spanish government reached an agreement last night with representatives of the trucking sector to reduce the impact of rising fuel costs, with measures worth more than a billion euros. The decisions included a subsidy for truckers of 20 cents for every liter of diesel, which “will save each truck” 700 euros a month, said Transport Minister Raquel Sanchez, who led the negotiations late into at night, with the Deputy Prime Minister and the economy. Minister, Nadia Calviño, and Treasury Minister, María Jesús Montero.
“We have reached an excellent agreement,” Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted early in the morning. “It’s a good deal,” said the National Truckers Committee, which represented business and truckers at the bargaining table. The government thus hopes to have found a solution to allow the end of the days of protests by truckers, who blocked the supply of raw materials to several productive sectors and distribution in supermarkets. However, the platform that organized the protests did not participate in the negotiations because it is not part of the National Truckers’ Committee and had already announced another protest on Friday in Madrid.