The Government of Almeida wants to allocate 28 million of European funds to the relocation of the families of La Cañada Real

The Madrid City Council has already decided how it wants to use the European funds for the recovery that will correspond to it by distribution. The corporation has planned 105 projects that it will send to the Government within a Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. Carrying them out will require an investment of 3,900 million euros, as the PP and Ciudadanos corporation has advanced to before the approval this Thursday at the Governing Board. The Government of Pedro Sánchez has not yet specified what percentage of financing of the 70,000 million that correspond to Spain it will transfer to the municipalities. The autonomous communities will manage almost 50% of them. Brussels foresees that the first 9,000 million will begin to arrive in Spain in July.

A dozen mayors claim 20,000 million euros of European funds for municipalities from the Government

A dozen mayors claim 20,000 million euros of European funds for municipalities from the Government

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The PP and Citizens corporation is going to request funds, among other things, to complete the relocation of families in sector six of Cañada Real, who have been living without electricity for eight months without any administration dealing with the problem. The investment, which the Government intends to charge to European funds, amounts to almost 28 million euros and would correspond to the second part of the Pact for the Cañada Real – signed between the Community of Madrid, the city councils and the Government Delegation in 2018 – , whose compliance has occurred in fits and starts. In fact, the first phase, consisting of relocating 150 families, has not yet been completed three years later amid complaints from neighbors. However, to carry out the remaining 150 transfers, it would take another 28 million that the Community of Madrid must disburse, they specify from the capital corporation.

Within the social area, the municipal government also intends to put into operation a new center for women victims of gender violence in a situation of homelessness (4.4 million between 2021 and 2023), which will open at the end of a year after the premature closure of the resource that existed, Geranios. The plan also includes the construction of four new Social Services centers –Carabanchel, San Blas, Villa de Vallecas and Ciudad Lineal– and remodeling of three that already exist –two in Puente de Vallecas and one in Moncloa–. Its estimated total cost would amount to about 13 million euros. Likewise, the corporation is counting on receiving funding –3.3 million euros per year– to develop a program that “involves Madrid companies in joint responsibility in citizens and in conciliation”.

The strategy has been developed taking into account the 2019-2023 Government Operational Program and the Villa Agreements, municipal sources say, and its objective “is to advance the social protection of the most vulnerable people, who have suffered with special intensity from the impact of the crisis and stimulate economic activity in the city “.

Spain has, at the moment, 70,000 million euros of the 750,000 that the European Union has mobilized for the program Next Generation EU whose objective is to encourage countries to overcome the economic and social crisis caused by the coronavirus, taking care of the ecological transition and social cohesion.

The Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces has not yet closed with the central Executive how the distribution will be carried out. A dozen mayors, of various political colors, joined in March to ask the Ministry of Finance to “define their access” to the funds, in addition to extending the suspension of spending rules for two more years. The Popular Party has led this claim through an initiative in the Senate, which went ahead after agreeing with all groups except Vox, which asks the Government that municipalities receive at least 14.2% of the financing.

The city of Madrid was one of the great epicenters of the pandemic. The capital has just entered, after a month and a half of declines, in the medium risk level with an incidence rate of 137 infected per 100,000 inhabitants. Good news. But the epidemic has taken a deep toll. The slump in economic activity has meant that 37% of households have seen their income reduced to some extent.

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