Centrorochas Council takes stock and points out actions for 2021 in the last meeting of the year

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The president of Centrorochas, Frederico Robison, the vice president, Fabio Cruz, and the superintendent, Alessandra Bertolani, conducted the last meeting of the year by the entity’s Council on Friday, December 4th. In addition to the board members present, the virtual meeting was attended by the presidents of the sectorial unions in Espírito Santo (Tales Machado, Sindirochas), Minas Gerais (Balbino Figueiredo, Sinrochas MG) and Ceará (Carlos Rubens, Simagran CE), and the legal advisor of the entity, Cláudio Ferraz.

Among other issues on the agenda, the board highlighted the update of the work carried out in recent weeks. The union of the various actors for the common good of the stone sector was one of the points reinforced by Fabio Cruz. “The sector has been experiencing a special moment, I highlight the strengthening of Centrorochas’ relationship with the sectoral unions of Minas, Ceará and Espírito Santo”. Regarding closer work with Sindirochas, the largest employers’ union in the sector in the country, Fabio recalled that throughout 2020 the two entities carried out several actions in partnership. “For 2021, our goal is to continue working in the same direction with Sindirochas. The entities remain legally separated, but walk together all the time”, he reinforced.

Adequacy of the statute

Frederico Robison warned of the need to work on adapting the current status of Centrorochas so that the entity legitimizes its national representation due to the new moment experienced by the sector. A preview should be presented in the coming weeks, after which a General Assembly will be convened to vote on the final text of the document.


With the aim of promoting debate on the excess of fees charged to exporters, Centrorochas is developing a booklet highlighting the subject. A working group was formed with the participation of eight companies to prepare the technical part. The team is completing the internal survey of scenarios and making adjustments according to legal analysis. The data will be compiled and presented to the Board shortly.


Legal advisor Cláudio Ferraz updated the advisors on some of the lawsuits filed by the association, including the charging of scanning fees. The matter remains among the priorities, but awaits the procedures of justice. “A few weeks ago, two favorable decisions came out, one in ES and the other in BA. But the subject remains controversial. I believe that it will be definitively resolved in a few years by the STJ, in Brasília”, he explained.