Algarve exceeds 100% execution of European funds, with education, culture and health highlighted

The objective is to reach 102% execution

The Algarve has already achieved an execution of European CRESC 2020 funds of more than 100% and intends to reach 102%, he revealed to Sul Informação José Apolinário, president of the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission.

This means that the 318,6 million euros that the Algarve Operational Program that ran between 2014 and 2020 – whose execution deadline was extended from 2022 to the end of 2024, due to the pandemic – have already been used and even exceeded (319 million ) and allowed projects with a total value of 497 million euros to be leveraged.

«When it comes to community funds, I want to highlight the investments that have been made in schools, in the cultural area and in the health area», he told our newspaper José Apolinário.

«The 2020 Program allowed us to make a set of very significant investments, of quality and excellence, in the area of ​​health, whether in the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve, in the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) or in the University, which make a difference», he stated

For this sector, around 18,6 million euros of European Union funds were allocated, which leveraged a total investment of 28 million euros.

José Apolinário, in a document he compiled on the execution of the funds, highlights the projects of the nearby Mobile Health Units (600 thousand euros in funds), supporting Infrastructure and Health Equipment – ​​CHUA and ARS (7,4 million euros ), supporting mental health and disability (6,7 million), which includes ERPI and the Day Center – Alzheimer's and other dementias at Santa Casa de Castro Marim, and projects to support the elderly (3,9 million) , including ERPI, Centro de Dia, SAD dos Olhos de Água and the expansion of ERPI (Senior Citizens) Santa Casa de S. Brás de Alportel.


José Apolinário – Photo: Elisabete Rodrigues | Sul Informação


The same person in charge highlighted “the equipment and investments in culture and education”.

In this last area, 36 million euros were invested in school infrastructure, with a contribution of 30,6 million from the European Union.

In the document, «the requalification projects of Basic Schools 1, 2 and 3 in the region (27,2 million funds) and projects to remove fiber cement in school infrastructures (3,4 million)», as well as the «8 million euros of investment with an associated fund of 6,4 million” in promoting academic success and qualification of education and training agents.

In the area of ​​Natural and Cultural Heritage, «37,4 million euros of investment are planned, with an associated fund of 25,2 million.

Among the approved projects, the document highlights the «Multimedia Exhibition Center of the Portuguese Discoveries (1 million euros in fund, with an associated investment of 2,8 million); Zer0 Museum – Digital Art Center (2,2 million); Redevelopment of Ponta da Piedade – Lagos (3,1 million); Rehabilitation of the Cine Teatro António Pinheiro – Tavira (4,9 million); Remodeling, Modernization and Dynamization of the Dr. José Formosinho Municipal Museum (1,8 million); Rehabilitation of the old barns of Vila do Bispo – EPAC “O Celeiro da História” (2,3 million)», currently the Vila do Bispo Museum.

CCDR Algarve also highlights the approved eligible investment of around 237 million euros and an associated fund of 117,7 million associated with the themes of Science and Competitiveness, «which are those with the highest volume of approval».

Funds were also allocated to Urban Rehabilitation - «27 million euros of investment with an associated fund of 14,2 million» -, to the Training and Training of Adults, Employed and Unemployed - 30,6 million investment/ 24 million fund -, to active inclusion projects – 34,8M investment/27,9M fund – and the promotion of entrepreneurship and support for business creation – 12,7M investment and 10,2M.

«The eligible investments approved for the Municipalities of the Algarve total, on this date, around 117,6 million euros, with financing by European funds of around 89,9 million euros. It should be noted that this amount includes operations in Overbooking and some operations that will be phased. The realization rate of these investments is, on this date, around 81%», concluded the Algarve CCDR.


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