The Canary Islands have only executed 18% of the European recovery plan

Archive image of Ángel Víctor Torres (i) and Román Rodríguez in a plenary session of the Canarian Parliament. / EFE

The archipelago received 455 million last year and the Government made modifications for 184 million to materialize them

B. Hernandez

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

The
Canary Islands Government just executed the
17.8% of funds allocated in 2021 from
Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (RRM)), the plan launched by the European Union to contribute to economic recovery after the crisis caused by the pandemic.

This is recognized by the
Ministry of FinanceBudgets and European Affairs, which, in response to a question from the Popular Group, explained that most of the sectoral conferences in which the
distribution of funds began to be held in the second half of last year, «thus causing in
delay in distribution and receipt of fundswhich has been gradual since the end of 2021 ».

In addition, he points out as another reason for this low execution that the management of the MRR is assuming a
change in management culture "known until today" in the execution of traditional European resources, since the achievement of the milestones and objectives included in the Council Execution Decision (CID) "is inexcusable for the disbursement of these funds, which is forcing the implementation effective systems for monitoring projects and transmitting information'.

Budget modifications

The Government of the Canary Islands clarifies that the revenue from the Recovery Mechanism assigned to the autonomous community
last year they amounted to 455,463,647 euros. However, in order to materialize this income, budgetary modifications had to be made. Specific,
credits were generated for an amount of 184.4 million «which allowed to increase the credits of the executing entities».

Of this number,
barely 32.8 million were executed, around 18%. However, the execution of the 455 million corresponding to the archipelago is much lower and barely reaches 7%. Of this amount, five million euros correspond to digital skills for employment, another five to vulnerable groups and 14 million have been allocated to micro-enterprise entrepreneurship.

This money from the European Union must be committed in the first three years -before 2024-
“to maximize its impact” on the rapid reconstruction of the economy after the coronavirus health crisis.

Distribution

The resources of the Recovery and Resilience Plan have been assigned by the State to the different autonomous communities through different mechanisms, among which the distribution in sectoral conferences stands out, which are the collaboration bodies in which all the autonomies participate through each one of the ministerial departments and competent ministries of each community.

These allocations are made according to the "objective criteria" of distribution.

The low execution of the Recovery Mechanism contrasts with the 286.3 million euros that were spent last year corresponding to the
React-Eu, almost 97% of the allotted amount. These funds are managed by the communities and go to direct spending.

The PP deputy Fernando Enseñat. / canary islands parliament

Enseñat affirms that the lack of efficiency prevents the execution of 400 million

The spokesman for the Economy of the Popular Group, Fernando Enseñat, denounces the "traffic jam" of the Canarian Government in the management of European funds and criticizes "the low execution" of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (MRR).

Enseñat expressed its «concern because in a year in which the economic recovery of the archipelago has been well below forecasts, the Executive «has been unable to execute more than more than 422 million, 93% of the funds available for the past exercise to speed up recovery.

In the opinion of the popular deputy "the incompetence of the Government of the Canary Islands to quickly manage the funds for the recovery and to eliminate the excess of bureaucracy that hinders their arrival in the real economy is worrying."

He adds that these resources "are fundamental" but insisted that "the capacity and efficiency of the Canarian administration is concerned to execute them with the necessary speed so that they reach the productive fabric and the pockets of all Canarians."

He recalled that the MRR constitutes the core of the Recovery Fund and its purpose is to support investment and reforms to achieve a sustainable and resilient recovery. However, he reiterates that it is necessary to "reduce procedures and be much more agile" because otherwise "they lose effectiveness."

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