May 27, 2022 12:06 pm

Fomento del Trabajo demands that 3,500 million more be invested per year in infrastructure in Catalonia




Fomento del Trabajo has quantified the investment deficit in Catalonia at 34,950 million euros, regardless of the public administration to which the investment corresponds, between 2009 and 2020. According to the Catalan employers’ association, chaired by Josep Sánchez Llibre, the investment deficit has increased by almost 7,000 million euros in the last two years and has requested that the bidding for the works in relation to GDP be 2.2 percent (which is the average of the 12 most developed countries in the euro zone, according to its calculations), and thus exceed 0.7 percent of 2020 and 0.8 percent of 2019. That is, to invest around 3,500 million euros more per year.

This Monday, Joaquim Llansó, Vice President of Public Works and President of the Chamber of Contractors and Works, has been in charge of presenting the report ‘The infrastructure investment deficit in Catalonia 2009-2020′ prepared by the employers’ Infrastructure Commission, that it also denounces the tendered investments that have not just been executed or that it takes many years to do. According to Llansó, “we don’t know the exact reasons (for which the budgeted forecasts are not met), if they are technical reasons, in one year they are modified, but they do not justify 17 years.”

Table, provided by Fomento del Trabajo, which reflects the investment deficit in infrastructures in Catalonia of all public administrations from 2009 to 2020 – PROMOTION

As an example of this malpractice, Llansó has cited the works of the Vallirana variant (N-340), whose execution took almost 16 years; the connection of the A-2 with the Ap-7 in Castellbisbal, with a duration of 14 years; and, among others, the unfolding of the N-II through Girona, which took 7 and a half years to make. For Sanchez Llibre, this practice is “very pernicious” and has asked public administrations for more rigor to avoid losing competitiveness by accumulating delays in this type of investment.

In this sense, both the Government of Spain and the Generalitat of Catalonia do not comply with their budgets in relation to investments, as those responsible for Development have pointed out. According to the report, from 2013 to 2020, the budget execution of the General State Administration in Catalonia has been 67.1 percent, accumulating an approximate deficit of 3,070 million euros between budgeted investment and investment finally settled. For its part, the execution of the Generalitat is 77.1 percent and accumulates a deficit of 2,280 million euros.

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