Andalusia asks the Spanish Government for a meeting to unblock the Alcoutim Bridge

Junta de Andalucía has already publicly expressed support for the progress of the work

The Andalusian Junta supports the advancement of the Bridge between Alcoutim and Sanlúcar de Guadiana and has already requested a meeting «with the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, with the participation of the Portuguese authorities, in order to unblock the current impasse, related to the celebration of a collaboration agreement and approval of the execution project», announced today the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission.

This impasse, you know Sul Informação, is worrying the Portuguese authorities, namely the Chamber of Alcoutim, owner of the work, which will be paid in full by the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), and the CCDR of the Algarve, which is supporting the municipality in this project, a as deadlines are very tight and any delay could put the construction of the bridge at risk, which costs 13 million euros.

This is, therefore, good news, considering that there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel and a hope of understanding between the national Government of Spain and the regional Government of Andalusia, the first led by Pedro Sánchez, from the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party ( PSOE), and the second chaired by Juan Manuel Moreno, elected by the rival Popular Party (PP).

For now, the project has guaranteed public support from the Andalusian government, which was demonstrated yesterday, in Spain, by Rocío Diaz Jimenez, advisor for Development and Territorial Articulation of the Junta de Andalucía, during the commemorative event of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities, at the Consulate of Portugal in Seville.

Rocío Diaz Jimenez «reaffirmed the commitment and support of the Andalusian Junta to the advancement of the work on the Bridge, included by Portugal in the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR)» and reported on the formalization of the request for a meeting with the Government of the Kingdom of Spain.

The green light on the Spanish side is, moreover, what is needed to be able to launch a public tender for the construction of the bridge, since the Alcoutim City Council «already prepared the execution project and carried out the necessary environmental assessment work, and the procedures relating to the launch of the work and respective inspection have also been drawn up, within the scope and in accordance with the provisions of the public procurement code», recalls CCDR Algarve.

The Alcoutim – Sanlúcar de Guadiana Bridge «is part of the list of border road connections, along the interior of Portugal and Spain, approved at the most recent Portuguese-Spanish Summits».

Originally, this investment was identified in projects of common interest at the Portuguese-Spanish Summit of 1992 and in the INTERRREG program of 1995, but did not advance, mainly for financing reasons. With the Recovery and Resilience Plan, Portugal included this investment in projects with European financing, a project estimated to last between 16 and 18 months.

«The advancement of the process is now dependent on the implementation of the commitment made by the Government of the Kingdom of Spain at the Luso-Spanish Summits», concludes the same entity.

Also present at the ceremony, José Apolinário, president of CCDR Algarve, highlighted the Algarve's commitment to making the bridge a reality.

«Together, in close cooperation between the Algarve and Andalusia, also with the support of the Diputacíon de Huelva, we want to advance this work, with funding from the PRR”, highlights José Apolinário.



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