… but numbers decreasing this year
The Diario reports that the latest data available from the Regional Government indicates that the wave of Madeirans living in Venezuela and Portuguese-descendants who decided to return to the Region amounted to about 7,000 citizens in the first half of this year. The number of returns has been decreasing, stressed Pedro Calado, the Vice-President of the Executive, who this afternoon presided over the 16th edition of the Festa do Emigrante.
Fuel supply reassurances
At the same time, Pedro Calado took the opportunity to make it clear that the strike by dangerous goods drivers will not affect the Madeiran economy precisely because fuel transport is not subject to or pending ground transportation. The entire supply process takes place by sea and without the use of tanker trucks.
“We have no reason to be concerned about this strike. What could happen was that transporters here in Madeira could join, but in February this year we made a deal by improving working conditions. Fortunately, unlike the continent, we have no reason to be concerned, which also reveals a lot of work that we have been doing through direct contact with all sectors of activity and representatives of various bodies”.
Meanwhile, the price of fuel rises very slightly this week on the island