As of this Monday, November 15th, the government will submit Portugal 2030 to public consultation on the portal ConsultaLex.
During 15 days, all citizens and other collaborators shared with their opinions and suggestions to improve the document that the main priorities to invest the €23 million of funds of the next community board between 2021 and 2029.
The European Commission has announced the amount of €24 billion of cohesion funds for Portugal. If the value of Portugal 2030 drops to €23 billion, it is because it is already deducted from transfers to other European programs that the country can also build, such as the Interconnecting Europe Mechanism and Territorial Cooperation.
To better understand, where the competent funds can be informed years, citizens will be able to access two documents.
The Ministry of Account will release a more detailed document in the order of one hundred and a half pages and a powerpoint presentation compressed in half of the pages with the guidelines of the Partnership Agreement Portugal 2030 to be established between Portugal and the European Commission.
Nelson de Souza, minister of support, who coordinates the application in the country of different types of European funds, calls for a level of participation similar to the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR).
Started on February 15, 2021, a public consultation of the PRR soon broke records, allowing the collection of more than three thousand proposals from close to 1700 entities and individual citizens. “It was a well-cooked public consultation”, says Nelson de Souza, recalling the improvements included in the proposal submitted to Brussels following that debate.
Where does the money go?
In addition to the investment strategy for the next cycle of competent funds, citizens receive access to the proposed allocation of funds among the 12 operational programs of Portugal 2030 to be approved in Brussels next year.
Here are the large numbers according to documents already revealed over the last week to political parties:
- Among the regional programs, the highlights are €3.4 billion for the North 2030, €2.2 billion for the Center 2030, €1.1 billion for the Azores and Alentejo 2030, each;
- News was already the fact that the government has managed to increase the allocation of Algarve 2030 to € 780 million, an increase of 145% to the current framework in order to diversify its productive structure beyond tourism.
- Brussels also dictated a 53% cut in the program for the most developed Portuguese region: Lisbon 2030 will only be entitled to €381 million. But to increase the endowment of the Madeira 2030 program to €760 million – an increase of 63% – due to a different methodology in terms of the free zone, which boosted the economic development of the autonomous region.
- Among the thematic programs, €5.7 million for demography and inclusion and €3.9 million for innovation and digital transition stand out. For the program dedicated to the Sea, €379 million are reserved.
- In the comparison with Portugal 2020, the thematic program for sustainability and climate change grows the most. Its allocation rises 42% to €3.1 billion, not counting the millions that each regional program will devote to this challenge.
Negotiate without conditioning
In the latest edition of the Expresso, the simulation minister, Nelson de Souza, explained the solution found to respect the voting direction of the anticipated changes scheduled for January 30, 2022 while continuing as agreed by Partnership Portugal 2030 to be signed with the Partnership Commission Portugal 2030 to be signed with the European Portugal 2030 Partnership Commission.
“Having prepared the work of the Partnership Agreement, we had two options: either we froze the process or we continued without conditioning the capacity of the new government to intervene in this large-scale package that goes beyond the next legislature,” said Minister Nelson de Souza in the latest edition of Express.
Hence the decision to place the proposal considered in the Council of Ministers last Thursday, after hearing the political parties and other entities such as the Council for Territorial Consultation, in public consultation.
“After the debate is concluded, we can even deliver the proposal to the European Commission, but we will never sign the Partnership Agreement”, explains Nelson de Souza. “It’s a good compromise between not delaying the funds and not conditioning them as options for the future government.”
“No political party disagreed with this calendar and with this option of the government”, assured the governor.