San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja), Jul 31 (EFE) .- The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has warned the regional presidents that the distribution of the European fund needs the co-responsibility of all administrations because any failure in one of projects can harm the rest.
This was pointed out by Sánchez in his speech at the working session of the Conference of Presidents, in which he stressed that this same responsibility will be borne by other administrations such as local ones, especially large cities.
Sánchez, in addition, has explained the schedule for presenting the plans and receiving the disbursements, and has said that the Government calculates that Spain could start receiving pre-financing for 10% of the funds from the spring of 2021.
“It is very important to understand that the management of the Resilience and Resistance Fund is a whole and we must be very coordinated,” Sánchez said according to the speech provided by Moncloa.
And he explained that the European Commission “is clear” on this point: “If any project selected in an autonomous community has an incidence of execution, it would affect and impact the execution of the rest of existing projects linked to that axis,” he explained. .
For this reason, he insisted that co-governance and the “overall vision” are “fundamental”.
“We must seize the opportunity, we must do things well and we must do them together. We are also interdependent in recovery as we are in the fight against the pandemic,” he added.
He explained that the active participation of local entities, especially large cities, will also be necessary, both in the proposal and in the development of projects.
And it has promised to articulate collaboration mechanisms to make funds available to said administrations.
In short, he stressed that one of the great challenges facing the country is the ability to absorb all the funds available to it, which is why he insisted that one must be “very effective, very executive” .
On the other hand, Sánchez has explained to the presidents the deadlines for presenting the recovery plan in order to receive the aid.
Since last July 21, informal interaction with the Commission services has begun.
Each country can present its plans from October 15 of this year to April 30, 2021. Afterwards, the European Commission must evaluate the plans within two months, and the Council “will make an effort” to adopt them in four weeks. based on the Commission proposal.
Then he explained the entire process of requesting payments, within which is the so-called ’emergency brake’ that one or states can request if they see, Sánchez said, “serious deviations” in meeting the conditions and objectives.
According to Sánchez, there will be a pre-financing of 10%, of the financial contribution to each Member State, and although he has admitted that there is “uncertainty” about when they will begin to arrive, he has indicated that Spain’s calculations are from the spring of 2021.
On the other hand, Sánchez recalled that the execution of the projects cannot go beyond 2023 for grants or loans and the corresponding payments must be made no later than December 31, 2026.EFE
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