19 neighborhoods in Catalonia to be renovated with a budget of 40 million euros

The Catalan Government will invest 19 million and the Spanish Government 21 million in the renovation works of 10 cities in Catalonia.

CNA / Laura Pous

July 13, 2010 11:31 PM

Barcelona (CNA).- The Catalan and Spanish Governments will invest up to 40 million euros in the renovation of 19 neighbourhoods in Catalonia. The Catalan Minister for Housing, Francesc Baltasar, and Spanish Minister, Beatriz Corredor, have signed an agreement according to which the central government will 'guarantee' the provision of 21 million euros for the renovation of historical and damaged neighbourhoods in 10 Catalan cities. The Catalan Government will pay 19 million more.
The Spanish Minister said that the central government will provide part of the money for improving the neighbourhoods, but she stressed that housing is a decentralised power and that the final responsibility for the projects is on the Catalan Government. The neighbourhoods that will be renovated are in Barcelona, Tortosa, Llagostera, Sabadell, Badalona, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Manlleu, Molins de Rei and Vic.

Beatriz Corredor stressed the importance of the renovation of neighbourhoods in today's 'complicated' economical situation, especially considering the problems of the construction sector. It is expected that the renovation works will create more than 2,200 workplaces.