Council of ecological fairs and secretary debate law that regulates the activity
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The secretary of Local Governance and Political Coordination (Smgov) of Porto Alegre, Cássio Trogildo, met this Wednesday (14th) with a representative of the Council of Ecological Fairs, at the Municipal Administrative Center, to discuss a draft of the bill that proposes to regulate the seven ecological fairs of the Capital. This draft was sent to entities representing the fairs, and was not forwarded to the City Council, unlike what is published in the JC edition on Monday (13). The stallholders did not welcome the proposal, and organized a seminar, on Monday, to debate points that do not satisfy the category.
At Wednesday’s meeting with the council, Trogildo explained that the draft will still be analyzed together with representatives of the fairs, and that it is in the interest of the public authorities and the fairgrounds to advance in the formulation of the document. Currently, the ecological fairs in Porto Alegre are part of only one resolution of the Street Vendors Law. “In October, we received the request from the Council of Fairs and we worked on a proposal based on their comments and in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Agriculture. In this first moment of discussion, we present the draft and we want to improve it with the respective contributions”, said the secretary at the meeting.
One of the guidelines defended by the stallholders is the self-management of the fairs, similar to the work they have been carrying out for about 30 years. Trogildo, however, claims that this is not possible, as the city’s public space is the responsibility of the municipal government. “In public space, there has to be a call, there has to be competition. It’s not a concession there”, stated the secretary. He explains: “today, there is licensing for a fair and individual permits”. Trogildo also reveals that a self-management proposal will be added to the bill’s draft. “I will put in the draft proposal that there will be self-management, because self-management has legal limits. If that is the question, it will be placed, but within the limits of the law. Self-management cannot replace what is discretionary by the public power” , said the secretary.