Coronavirus response: over €1 billion from EU Cohesion policy to support Spain's recovery
The European Commission has approved the modification of nine more Cohesion policy operational programmes in Spain, worth a total of €1.2 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This comprehensive recovery approach will reallocate funds to strengthen the response capacity of the Spanish health system with supplementary hospital beds, the purchase of pharmaceutical and laboratory material, medical and protective equipment. Moreover, support to SMEs will contribute to boost the economic sector. Finally, EU funds will be redirected to develop the ITC of the education and training sectors.
Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, yesterday commented:
“I am glad to see that Spain and its outermost region are taking advantage of the EU Cohesion policy flexibility measures put into place to support citizens, businesses and the health sector in their daily efforts against the virus. The European Commission stands ready to support Spanish regions and all Member States thanks to the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII).”
After Asturias and País Vasco, Cataluña and Navarra, Extremadura and La Rioja, nine other Spanish regions are now benefitting from the CRII flexibilities (Andalucía, Baleares, Canarias, Cantabria, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Galicia, Madrid and Comunidad Valenciana). Other modifications to ERDF operational programmes (Aragón, Ceuta, Melilla, Murcia and Plurirregional Spain) are being analysed and will be adopted soon A full list of Spanish regions that benefitted from similar flexibility measures is available here.
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