Seville is one of the cities that want more autonomy in European funds management

Spanish municipalities looking to receive 1.5 billion euros for recovery projects

Spanish municipalities looking to receive 1.5 billion euros for recovery projects

This will happen in two tranches in 2021 and 2022

Last week, on 6 May, there was a virtual conference featuring the President of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities (FEMP), Abel Caballero and the Spanish State Secretary of Transport, Pedro Saura and treating the subject of recovery subsidies to be received from the Next Generation EU Funds. It was announced that the financial injection will amount to 1.5 billion euros, which will go for the carrying out of transformative municipal and urban mobility projects.

Meanwhile, Spanish mayors called for more municipal control over recovery funds

It was decided that 11 May will be the first milestone in that recovery process, with the work schedule providing for a webinar that will inform municipal technicians on the administrative issues related to these projects and grants.

The grant of 1,5 billion euros will be distributed in two calls of 750 million, one for 2021 and another for 2022, and the beneficiaries will be municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, provincial capitals, municipal groups and municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants in which certain characteristics concur simultaneously. In Abel Caballero's opinion, territorial distribution is ensured throughout the space, "without large allocations to some and to the detriment of others, which ensures a homogeneous distribution in population terms, which seems adequate to us".

Almost concurrently, on 7 May, there was also a communication forum in the region of Extremadura which was attended by mayors from cities, such as Malaga, Vigo, Cáceres, Seville and Madrid which also discussed the subject of the upcoming recovery funds.

What stood out in that forum was the mayor of Seville, Juan Espadas’ proposal for the creation of an alliance of Andalusian city councils with the express objective of directly managing 15% of the European funds after the pandemic. Such a move would also include a framework for collaboration and joint work between the regional administration and local administrations for the selection of projects that have a better fit in the strategies defined from the European level.



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