13 Apr, 2017 @ 10:00
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Spain´s government slashes funding for Andalucia by over one third


euromoneyGOVERNMENT funding for Andalucia has been slashed by over one third.

The eight provinces will receive 36,6% less than in 2016 with only 1.16bn euros to spend on major public projects.

It means the region will only receive 13.6% of the country’s entire budget for provinces, despite it being home to the largest population in Spain.

Two of the hardest-hit areas are Almeria whose budget has been slashed by 80% and Malaga, whose budget is down 43%.

Almeria’s grant has nosedived from 200m to just 40m, most of which will be destined for the high-speed line between Murcia and Almeria city.

Malaga’s government budget was slashed to 130m, meaning it will be impossible to advance with much-needed infrastructure projects, such as the train line to Marbella from Fuengirola.

The biggest government investments in the province are 27.8m for the Malaga stretch of the high-speed rail line between Bobadilla and Granada and 21.3m for the Archidona prison.

Cadiz meanwhile was handed 336m, with 84m for the port of Algeciras and 20.2m for rail projects, some of which will be used for the Bobadilla to Algeciras rail freight line.

Over half of Granada’s 235m will be used for a high speed rail project, while 67m of Sevilla’s 221m budget will be used on the SE-40 motorway.

Huelva was granted 85.7m, while Jaen received around 40m and Cordoba 57.8m, which will be used to improve rail connections with other Andalucian capitals and Madrid.

The government insisted the investments should be considered as only being for six months and said it will present another budget for 2018 in September.

Chloe Glover (Reporter)

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1 Comment

  1. It does not matter how much they give, most of the money will still end up in the pockets of the corrupt Spanish politicians or being squandered and wasted – especially where the Junta de Andalucia is concerned lol

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