Algarve 2030 Monitoring Committee met in Lagos where they visited emblematic projects

With the participation of representatives from the services of DG Regio and DG Employment of the European Commission and the Agency for Development and Cohesion

The Algarve 2030 Regional Program Management Authority held the third meeting of the Algarve 2030 Regional Program Monitoring Committee in Lagos, during which its members learned about some emblematic projects supported by European Funds managed in the region.

With the participation of representatives from the services of DG Regio and DG Employment of the European Commission and the Agency for Development and Cohesion, the national entity responsible for the technical coordination of the implementation of the European Funds, this meeting assessed the state of execution of the European Funds for CRESC Algarve2020 and the Portugal 2030 notice plan and the evaluation, communication and training plans for the Algarve 2030 Regional Program were presented.

The meeting took place at Waterfall Wellness Resort, a project with support from CRESC Algarve 2020, positioning the region in sports tourism. The expansion and requalification works of the accommodation, SPA and events areas were supported, as well as the landscaping of the surrounding spaces, repositioning the unit to host training camps for sports teams in the low season and combat seasonality.

In global terms, the eligible investment was 4,1 million euros, 50% reimbursed by the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF).


During the afternoon, members of the Monitoring Committee visited operations supported by European Funds managed in the Algarve, promoted by public and private entities, in the areas of job creation and productive diversification, preservation and enhancement of natural and built heritage, culture and heritage, training and social innovation.

The Municipality of Lagos provided a visit to Ponta da Piedade, an area of ​​great scenic sensitivity, a tourist attraction and of great importance for birdlife.

At this location, a intervention to qualify the space, in particular the circulation routes and contemplation areas, as well as smooth mobility, observation of the landscape, better safety and comfort for users of this natural territory, in the amount of 3,6 million euros, 60% reimbursed by the ERDF.

Once inside the city, members of the Monitoring Committee took a guided tour of the Dr. José Formosinho Municipal Museum, which underwent renovation, modernization and revitalization works on this cultural infrastructure, totaling 3,4 million euros, also co-financed by the ERDF at 60%.

No Lagos Living Science Center, the various projects promoted by that entity were presented in the areas of developing innovative digital teaching resources, for professional education and training and improving the quality of education and training systems at non-higher level, focused on Natural Heritage topics: Sustainability, Geological and Paleontological Heritage, Biodiversity and Natural Landscape (PaNReD), which were supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) at 80%, in the amount of 341 thousand euros.

The three Ciência Viva na Escola Clubs existing in the Algarve – Faro, Lagos and Tavira – function as privileged spaces for contact with science and technology, generalizing access for teachers and students to innovative scientific practices, promoting experimental science teaching.

With these projects, it was also possible to boost the promotion of scientific and technological literacy with access to scientific applications, stimulating enthusiasm for science and lifelong learning among the educational communities covered.

In addition, the Centro de Ciência Viva de Lagos promoted the project “SciTour: Scientific Tourism: a new approach to promoting tourism in the Algarve”, in the amount of 343 thousand euros, 85% co-financed by the ERDF.