Although it was not until yesterday when Brussels transferred the first 9,000 million of the funds Next Generation In Spain, the Government, through the different ministries, has been implementing projects of its Recovery and Resilience Plan for months. The reason for this advanced work is that this coming December, Spain must demonstrate to Brussels that the projects committed to in its strategy are already underway.

An issue as important as the implementation of the reforms that the Government has promised in its plan. If before the end of the year the Executive of Pedro Sánchez does not show that the funds have been allocated to the agreed issues and that the reforms have been agreed to at the required level, the next tranche of community aid will not arrive.

For this reason, the General State Budgets for 2021 included the items for European funds. This has allowed that part of these resources have already been allocated without waiting neither for the approval of the Recovery Plan by Brussels, nor for the effective arrival of the money.

Throughout the year, the activity in the different ministries involved in the components established by the Government’s Recovery Plan has been aimed at advancing all matters related to the administrative part of the plan. This has allowed the processes to allocate more than 7,000 million euros have already been launched. An amount that will double before the end of 2021.

Waste and electric mobility

The key element of the first announced projects has been sustainability. Thus, at the sectoral conference on the Environment the distribution of 2,147 million euros was assigned. The destination of these amounts will be the implementation of the new waste regulations, correcting power lines that prevent damage to fauna or improving sanitation and water purification services in municipalities with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants.

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During this same conference, the 400 million euros of the Moves III Plan were launched. This initiative focuses the Government’s strategy to encourage electric mobility both in what has to do with electric vehicles and in the implementation of the necessary charging infrastructure. In the same way, 660 million were announced for aid for the execution of various incentive programs linked to energy self-consumption.

For its part, the sectoral conference on Housing, Urbanism and Land committed 1,631 million. In this case, the investments will be devoted to improving the conditions of the homes to provide them with better fittings. In the same way, the sectoral conference on Education has launched 1,410 million that will be allocated, mainly, to a plan to modernize vocational training and reduce the digital divide providing portable devices to the most vulnerable students.

With the same objective of updating the media, during the Health sector conference they committed 399 million to invest in high-tech sanitary equipment. Likewise, 731 million have been distributed at the sectoral conference on Social Rights to reinforce equality and social inclusion policies.

Step on the gas after the summer

If the activity in the matter of European funds has been intense during the first half of the year, it will be even more so after the summer. After the summer break, he is expected to receive a green light the distribution of funds for the modernization and digitization of the Spanish university system and for the energy rehabilitation of buildings. Two issues that are going to monopolize important remittances from Next Generation funds.

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Similarly, the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda plans to start a battery of subsidies for the implementation of low-emission zones and the digital and sustainable transformation of urban transport. Measures that will affect all municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants and that will have a significant impact on mobility and the modernization of public transport.

As it is, the 9,000 million of the first tranche of aid from Brussels have practically closed its destination. Now it will be the turn to assess how these amounts are allocated, which companies and bodies manage them and within what deadlines the projects must be completed. Three elements that will be looked at with a magnifying glass in the controls that, every six months, Sánchez’s team must pass.

Reference-www.elespanol.com

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