The Inter-Municipal Community of Leiria Region (CIMRL) announced that it has surpassed its European fund disbursement targets, reaching the highest disbursement rate in the Central Region at the end of 2022.
In a press release sent to the Lusa agency, with the new situation regarding the monitoring of the implementation of tasks for 2022 of the Operational Program of the Center (Centro 2020) of December 31, CIMRL explained that in the Central Region and taking into account the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and The European Social Fund (ESF), this inter-municipal community shows “significantly above average results”.
CIMRL “provided achieving the goals set for 2022with a significant contribution from the ERDF (with a compliance rate of 126.8%) and a more modest contribution from the ESF (71.8%), partly justified by the approval of training and capacity building projects in 2020/2021, which will last until June 2023.”
“Globally, the 2020 Center ended 2022 with an 80.4% completion rate, which represents a very positive level of implementation, to which the inter-municipal communities have made a very significant contribution,” noted CIMRL.
According to the same press release, CIMRL “registers at the end of 2022 the highest level of disbursements (74%) in the Central Region, corresponding to 33 million euros of funds disbursed to beneficiaries.”
CIMRL emphasized that “additional efforts” will be required this year and please keep the “focus on performance during 2023″to ensure “the use of all program allocations and to ensure that the beneficiary municipalities receive the necessary support for the implementation of their investment projects.”
The municipalities of Alvayazer, Ancian, Batalha, Castaneira de Pera, Figueiro dos Vinhos, Leiria, Marinha Grande, Pedrogan Grande, Pombal and Porto de Mós are part of the CIMRL.
The Intermunicipal Communities of Viseu Dao Lafoins, Aveiro Region, Beiras and Serra da Estrela, Coimbra Region, Leiria Region, Medio Tejo, Beira Baixa and Oeste, covering one hundred municipalities, form part of the Central Region.
According to the website www.centro.portugal2020.pt, the Central Region Operational Program for the period 2014-2020 “is based on an overall regional development strategy built on the active mobilization of all regional partners”.
For this period, the 2020 Center “has been allocated EUR 2,155 million, of which EUR 1,751 million is from the European Regional Development Fund and EUR 404 million from the European Social Fund”, an amount that “represents an increase of 27% compared to the previous program period (2007-2013) and corresponds to the value 925 euros per inhabitant of the Central Region“.