By Cathy Elelman •
Published: 21 Nov 2019 • 20:00
PRIORITIES: Measures aimed at stemming inland depopulation are top of the investment list.
CREDIT: Diputacion de Almeria
THE Diputacion de Almeria has unveiled details of the 2020 provincial administration’s budget, promising investment and balance based on equality.
Provincial government President Javier A. Garcia explained that for the first time the annual budget had been set out as part of long-term planning covering the duration of the administration’s term of office, which ends in 2023.
Garcia said the Costa Almeria and the gourmet Sabores Almeria brands, municipal improvement works, rural roads and social centres would be among the most important investments to come out of the €201,807,200 allocated for the next financial year, with a particular emphasis on measures aimed at stemming inland depopulation.
“This is a realistic budget, sensitive to the realities of the families in the province and discussed with all the opposition political groups which projects two, three and four-year actions”, the Diputacion leader commented.
“We have changed the way of drawing up the budget to structure it on the basis of planning and transparency”, he continued.
According to Garcia the budget is designed around the main pillars of the provincial economy of sustainable management, respect for the environment, equality and social cohesion.
“The government team has planned measures aimed at reducing inequalities between inland Almeria and the coast, creating employment and creating equal opportunities among municipalities”, he maintained.
“The provincial drive in the sectors, infrastructure and activities linked with the development of our resources, like agri-food, tourism and trade, clean energy and new technologies, will be managed from a basis of sustainability and equality,” the Diputacion President stressed.
He also highlighted the reduction in debt, from €48 million in 2018 to €38 million this year.
“We have reduced the debt by €10 million, providing more services and increasing investment. This is a sign of good management”, Garcia claimed.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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