The registry of companies interested in the PERTE is still not public a year and a half after being announced

The registry of companies interested in the PERTE is still not public a year and a half after being announced

More than ten months after giving the green light to the first Strategic Project for Recovery and Transformation (PERTE) and with a dozen of these massive investment plans already approved, the Government has not yet published the list of companies interested in these programs. That information should appear in a public registry, baptized as REPERTE, which he promised to create in December 2020.

The creation of this repository was foreseen in the Royal Decree-law of December 2020 for the execution of the Recovery Plan, which established the creation of the PERTE, the projects designed to achieve the transformation of the Spanish economy with the help of billionaires European funds available to member states to deal with the pandemic.

That decree established that public or private entities that wanted to participate in these strategic projects had to register in that registry. And he gave three months to create it: "Within three months from the entry into force of this royal decree-law, the head of the Ministry of Finance by ministerial order will create and put into operation the State Registry of entities interested in Strategic Projects for Economic Recovery and Transformation," the text said.

According to explained On December 22, 2020, the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, announcing the approval of that decree, the PERTE "will have to be taken to the Council of Ministers" and "a registry will be opened beforehand in the Ministry of Finance to that all entities interested in taking part in this public-private collaboration can do so in an open and fully coordinated manner".

That three-month period was not met and it was necessary to wait until March of this year, when there were already five PERTE approved by the Government, for the aforementioned ministerial order to see the light. As the Treasury explained on March 10, this registry "will be freely accessible to any citizen" and "will be published on the website of the General Intervention of the State Administration (IGAE)".

"The content of the Registry will be posted openly on the IGAE website and will be freely accessible as soon as the corresponding application is available," the Treasury assured at the time.

Almost three months later, and when the Executive has already given the green light to a dozen strategic projects, REPERTE is little more than a rudimentary web page in the IGAE which has not been updated since March 25. It explains that the registry "is intended to guarantee the public information of all entities linked to the development of a PERTE, regardless of their public or private legal nature and their form of constitution".

"From this page it will be possible to access the content of the registry once entities begin to be accredited by the bodies responsible for each of the PERTEs," says that website, which for now only links to the Recovery Plan site that compiles the PERTE approved so far.

As a guide on the Recovery Plan recently updated by the Independent Office for Regulation and Supervision of Contracting (OIReScon) recalls, "the REPERTE will be published on the IGAE website and will be freely accessible to any citizen, in accordance with the provided in this regard in the Transparency Law and with the limits set forth in terms of data protection".

"To date, the REPERTE appears on the IGAE website without any annotation yet, pending the accreditation of the interested parties by the bodies responsible for each of the PERTE", adds the entity that supervises public contracts. asked the Ministry of Finance when the companies interested in the PERTE will be published, without receiving a response.

The Government says in a parliamentary response dated April 29 that the REPERTE "is already operational and allows registration requests to be received from the ministries responsible for each PERTE, as well as the publication of the registrations made."

"A web application is being developed that will allow managing the entire operation of the registry with a higher level of automation, which is expected to be available in the coming months", indicates the Executive in its response, adding that "in the IGAE there is no no request for registration of accredited companies has been received" from December 2020 until the ministerial order of March.

This registry must be divided into sections for each approved PERTE, and in each of them the responsible ministries must register the entities that have been accredited as interested in those projects.

And it is that the implementation of the registry requires two steps. The first is the accreditation by the competent ministries to "establish by regulation the technical, economic and legal conditions required, receive the requests of the interested parties, assess them and agree or deny the accreditation," explains the REPERTE website.

Thus, each department must verify the interested entities that meet the conditions to participate in the project. And then comes the second step, the registration in that registry, which, again, is the responsibility of each competent ministry in the PERTE.

The PERTE are the tractor projects, of a strategic nature and with the potential to carry over to the rest of the economy that are contemplated in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. Due to their magnitude and ambition, they require collaboration between Administrations, companies and research centres.

So far, a dozen have been approved, with a public investment of some 31,500 million euros. With it, the Government hopes to mobilize around 68,500 million.

To this list is added the PERTE of Social Economy and care, which will be approved this Tuesday in the Council of Ministers and which will be endowed with 800 million euros, with the participation of more than a dozen ministries, as announced last Friday in Moncloa the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.

The first PERTE was the Electric and Connected Vehicle, approved in July 2021; then the vanguard Health came; Renewable energies, renewable hydrogen and storage; agri-food; New economics of language; circular economy; Naval industry; Aerospace; Digitization of the water cycle; and the one with the largest budget so far, that of Microchips, approved last Tuesday and with 12,250 million of public investment.

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