Important projects in eight municipalities in Malaga province have been definitively excluded from the second batch of the European ‘Strategies for Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development’ funds (Edusi), which are co-financed by the FEDER programme for sustainable growth 2014-2020.
The first funds were made available last year and Malaga city received 15 million euros, Estepona 10, Nerja five and, indirectly, Antequera, Ardales, Álora and Valle de Abdalajís also benefited, from the 10 million euros spent by the provincial government, the Diputación, on places associated with the Caminito del Rey.
The government then allowed a second application to be made for Edusi funding, but on this occasion only Vélez-Malaga was successful: it has been given 10 million euros to restore its historic town centre.
The unsuccessful applications included projects in Marbella, Ronda, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Alhaurín el Grande, Alhaurín de la Torre and Cártama.
The decision by the Ministry of Finance, which was published this week, specified that 26 appeals had been turned down because the projects did not meet the criteria for the Edusi funds or merit the relevant number of points.
All the appeals from town halls in Malaga were rejected.
However, those municipalities have not lost all chance of funding because there will be another chance to apply in the autumn.
They will, however, have to start the application process all over again and they will be competing with other places all over Spain who have not managed to obtain any of this European funding.
The money has been earmarked to be used for projects until the year 2020.