24.3 million in subsidies. This is the amount with which the Plan Cohesiona 2022 of the Diputación de Badajoz is endowed and that this year will reach a total of 220 population centers, among 160 municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants, 15 minor local entities and 45 towns or districts.
The contribution is 20 million from the provincial institution and 4.3 million from the proportional part that the municipalities will contribute.
On this occasion, the five large towns of the province, Badajoz, Mérida, Don Benito, Almendralejo and Villanueva de la Serena, which did receive aid in 2021 and, among its novelties, include the possibility of co-financing the Next Generation funds, and to finance with the subsidies granted within the framework of this plan, through the parent entity, the installation, rental and maintenance of ATMs in those towns or districts at risk of financial exclusion. The endowment has dropped by five million since last year it amounted to 29.3.
According to Europa Press, the president of the Badajoz Provincial Council, Miguel Ángel Gallardo, accompanied by the deputy for Development, Francisco José Farrona, presented the Cohesiona 2022 Plan at a press conference in which he wanted to highlight “his ability to respond to the needs of municipalism in the rural world» and which began in the provincial budget with an allocation of 15 million.
However, and “as a result of the efforts of the deputation itself”, he has asserted that, in light of the current times where inflation is having a “significant” effect on the rise in prices or the international crisis related to “the war of Putin in Ukraine”, everything that initially had a value has increased, before which the provincial institution has made an “effort” adding to those initial 15 million, another five million more.
Something that is done “precisely to give greater capacity to the municipalities” and “also to be able to face those small deviations that are taking place in each and every one of the fields”, he continued, along with the fact that there will be 20 million accompanied by the “effort of the city councils of the beneficiary entities themselves”, in response to which and from the point of view of co-responsibility, a few years ago they launched “small” percentages in this regard, depending on the population.
Miguel Ángel Gallardo has detailed that the beneficiary entities will receive a 17.64 percent more contribution with respect to the Cohesiona of the previous year, and has pointed out that the beneficiaries will be 160 municipalities with a population of less than 20,000 inhabitants, 15 minor local entities and 45 towns that, without having a mayor, they are assisted by the government team of the parent entity, and that they have a population volume “important enough to also be present in this plan.”
These 220 population entities will benefit from Cohesiona 2022 from the end of May, once it is published in the Official Gazette of the Province next week, and the request can be made by the municipalities, he said , to qualify that later the payment once resolved “will be immediate, as the council usually does, the objective is not only that the funds can be contributed”, but that it be done “immediately” to have the projects and the necessary liquidity to face it without having treasury tensions.
Specifically, the allocations of the council to the municipalities will be made according to the following population groups, in such a way that from 1 to 1,500 inhabitants, 55 euros per inhabitant will be allocated; from 1,501 to 5,000 it will be 47.40 euros per inhabitant; from 5,001 to 10,000 the proportion will be 41.50 euros per inhabitant; from 10,001 to 20,000 it is 34.13 euros per inhabitant. In this case, the beneficiary entities will receive a 17.64 percent more contribution, compared to Cohesiona 2021, he reiterated.
Among the novelties of this edition, the president of the Diputación de Badajoz has highlighted in the first place that the plan comes to reinforce the fight against financial exclusion in towns and also in everything that has to do with the districts dependent on parent municipalities, since the municipalities are allowed that the money that corresponds to the districts can be invested in making an ATM available to the neighbors, in similar conditions to those already installed by the council itself, in addition to being able to benefit from the framework agreement with Rural Fund of Extremadura.
Another novelty is the possibility of financing with these funds the part of municipal co-responsibility derived from the execution of the recovery funds, the Next Generation, being a justifiable expense of this plan the non-deductible input VAT, which the municipalities must assume as established in some published calls or those that may be published.
It also highlights, according to Gallardo, that “in the same way that the urban world is in solidarity with the rural world by not participating in the Cohesiona 2022 funds, those with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants must also be in solidarity with the smaller municipalities”, he stressed, At the same time, he has pointed out that for this reason they take this principle of solidarity “to the last corner of the province”, going from 33,000 euros, which was the minimum in 2021, to 50,000 euros, so that those districts with more than 100 inhabitants also can be beneficiaries of these projects.
For Miguel Ángel Gallardo, these funds make it possible to promote economic activity, the possibility of having public services of “higher quality” and “above all” they allow town councils to be “in budget balance”, and with these funds works can be carried out, of equipment and face expenses derived from the current expenditure of the municipalities, together with the possibility of generating employment. The execution period for the justification of Cohesiona 2022 is “very broad”, until October 31, 2023.
Likewise, the minimum solidarity granted to each population is extended. Specifically, two minimum solidarity thresholds are established. On the one hand, a minimum solidarity threshold for municipalities with less than 100 inhabitants, to which 18,000 euros will be contributed; and, on the other, a minimum threshold of solidarity for the rest of the municipalities of 50,000 euros.
Finally, Gallardo has referred to the impact on the province and the economic and productive fabric that is “enormous” since, according to an independent study prepared for this purpose, which took into account the “direct, indirect and induced” effect, the Cohesion Plan 2021 has had a global impact on the economy of the province of 41.48 million euros, in addition to generating wages worth 11.9 million, and a total of 604 full-time jobs for an annual period, according to the estimates made.
In the end, there was an average investment of 43.48 euros for each citizen of the province and represented a 6.9 percent increase over municipal budgets, he asserted, to detail below that from 2016 to 2021 almost 175 euros have been invested million euros in development, employment and quality public services, through the different provincial programs, such as Dynamiza, Cohesiona or the Diputación Suma Plan.
The call for this Plan Cohesiona 2022 will be published this week in the BOP, and there will be a period of 15 business days for the submission of applications, counted from the day following the publication of the extract in the bulletin.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.