Wednesday, December 8

Puig hopes that European funds will help “get out of the tunnel” and predicts a “decade of opportunities”


The President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig.

The President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig.

The President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, has ensured that European funds for the recovery will help the Valencian Community to “get out of the tunnel” after the crisis caused by the pandemic, at the same time he hopes that they “accelerate the transformation” and constitute a “great opportunity to transform society economically”, and has predicted a “decade of opportunities” thanks to the arrival of these resources from the European Union. Puig highlighted that the Valencian Community “will receive five times more resources and funds than it has received in the last decade and a half”, an “unprecedented and complicated to manage” situation, for which he has urged “to forge the foundations of a new Renaissance”.

This was stated by the head of the Consell this Monday at a conference in which the first vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, and the presidents of the Xunta de Galicia, Region of Murcia, Junta de Castilla-La Mancha, Government of Canarias, Junta de Extremadura, Junta de Castilla y León and the Balearic Islands.

The head of the Consell has warned that the Valencian Community faces “great opportunities that are disguised as problems “and it has affected that the pandemic” has uncovered many letters on the table that have appeared and that we must reverse. “

Faced with this situation, it has ensured that autonomy it will address the future “from digitalization, with a sustainable and more competitive conception”, for which it has advocated “streamlining and debureaucratizing the administration.”

Ximo Puig has valued the opportunity that the Valencian Community has in front of a “double path” to “reinvent itself” with the arrival of European funds. For this, he has defended the need to “promote the transformation of the production model and adapt the industry to a world that is not yesterday’s and that requires changes for now.”

The president has specified that the “roadmap” in the Valencian area goes through the recovery strategy and through “hundreds of projects” framed in 14 “levers”, all of them “aligned with the European recovery mechanism”. Specifically, he mentioned the green hydrogen generation project, the battery alliance, Hyperloop or ‘big data’ technologies, among other initiatives “fruit of the innovative atmosphere of the Valencian Community”.

In this line, he has considered that innovation “begins to be a hallmark” of Valencian autonomy with a view to “generating projects and development”. In this regard, he pointed out that more than 280 companies have received European aid and indicated that the Generalitat has already assigned “some actions”, in addition to the 1,000 million euros that the Community will receive in 2021 and the 480 from React funds -EU distributed between workers and SMEs.

Puig has valued that the Community has received an “important part” of the distribution of European funds established by the Government of Spain, some aid that, he has defended, “will forge the Valencian strategy through cooperation”.

The head of the Valencian Executive has valued that these are not “isolated” initiatives, but that “behind each one there is dialogue”, the result of “the public-private alliance and the will to create quality employment to generate social cohesion and territorial “.

“Above all, we aspire to a just transition without losers and in which workers adapt to digital change, because the future has already advanced,” he concluded.


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