The Government has the rehabilitation of houses, public buildings and neighborhoods as one of the major investment focuses for Next Generation funds from the EU. To such an extent that the Secretary of State for Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma), Pedro Saura, has assured that it will allocate around 7,000 million euros to this item.
“We are thinking of subsidies and fiscal aid to make a leap in scale in rehabilitation,” said Pedro Saura this Tuesday during a conference on “European funds: mobility and urban regeneration as axes of transformation” organized by the General Council of Economists.
The secretary of state recalled that the current rate of home renovation is 30,000 units a year and “this is not the way.” Some studies already pointed out last year that in Spain there are ten million houses pending some kind of reform.
In fact, the expected jump is such that Mitma wants to reach 300,000 houses rehabilitated per year by 2030, which represents multiplying current levels by ten in less than a decade.
In this sense, he has expressed the need to solve the problems that have made rehabilitation in our country a pending issue. “We have to remove all these inconveniences from the regulatory, technical, commercial and financial point of view”, has influenced the digital meeting with economists and media.
The necessary private sector
Pedro Saura has spoken of a “before and after” of the construction sector with the arrival of Next Generation funds. “We understand that we are facing a historic opportunity to get out of the crisis as soon as possible with countercyclical policies that allow us to transform the economy,” he said.
Currently, the construction sector represents around 6% of GDP. “We think 10% of that 6% helps from the environment to transform it and generate two new industries: rehabilitation (which in Spain is not developed) and another to build rental housing at an affordable price via concessions “, explained the senior official.
In all this revolution, the secretary of state has recognized, “we need the private sector“. Public-private collaboration will be key for ‘turnkey’ projects, for the rehabilitation of public buildings and for the construction of social housing.
In social housing, for example, Pedro Saura has admitted that public stock of rental housing is “very small, insufficient” and indicated that they are going to allocate around 1,000 million euros. “The challenge is truly transformative,” he emphasized.
Pay per use
The secretary of state has also discussed payment for use on Spanish motorways. A day after Seopan indicated the economic returns that implementing this measure would entail in the national network, the ministry has indicated that it would have to count on social, political and economic consensus so that “it is sustained over time”.
However, it has asked the rest of the political forces to take into account that, once the highways pass to the control of the State, the conservation costs of the roads also become part of the expenses included in the public accounts.
For the moment, Saura has indicated that there is currently no political consensus to maintain the tollTherefore, it would be necessary to propose different formulas to carry out the conservation of the roads.