The Minister of Business and Knowledge Ramon Tremosa met today with different business organizations and professional associations in order to foster collaboration mechanisms to detect and promote projects eligible for the European Recovery Fund. Tremosa pointed out that the Department of Business and Knowledge has identified “68 major projects that could already be submitted” to this source of funding and has asked professional entities and associations to find more. "Now we have to place on the table as many projects as possible; they need to be invincible in terms of quality and their return to the economy", added the Minister, who has also encouraged SMEs to submit their proposals.
The 68 projects identified correspond to the areas of ecological transition, digital transition, sustainable mobility, decarbonisation, Internet of Things, electric vehicles, etc., which are priority projects for the European Union. Tremosa has asked the state to co-manage European funds and transparency in their allocation. "Unlike the rest of European countries, Spain has centralized in Madrid all the information on the European Recovery Fund, and we still do not know how we can access it", lamented the Minister. In this sense, Tremosa recalled that "the Catalan Government knows better the industrial reality of the country, and we ask for actual co-governance from the start aimed at bringing the projects to life" .
The Minister has highlighted the importance of the country's assets for reconstruction. "Catalonia has 650,000 SMEs, 8,900 multinationals and a great deal of innovation and talent", he listed. Tremosa also referred to public-private partnership, the technological and industrial base and the relationship between university and business as differentiating elements that always enable “Catalonia to obtain a very important percentage of the European funds in any field, higher than its weight in population and GDP ” , which makes it the most attractive territory for industrial investment in Southern Europe.
The meeting was attended by the President of the General Council of the Catalan Chamber of Commerce Joan Canadell; the General Secretary of Catalan SMEs, Antoni Cañete; the president of CECOT organisation, Antoni Abad; the General Secretary of Labour Promotion, David Tornos; the president of the Catalan Association of Research Centres (ACER), Josep Samitier; the chairperson of the College of Economists, Anton Gasol; the chairperson of the Official College of Industrial Engineers, Josep Canós, and the chairperson of the Official College of Civil Engineers, Oriol Altisench. The Minister reiterated “the priority” of this task and called on the entities to meet in the coming weeks to monitor and analyse its evolution.