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Parliamentary questions
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15 January 2020
Answer given by Mrs Ferreira
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003229/2019

The Partnership Agreement agreed between the European Commission and Spain for the programming period 2014-20 identifies the need to tackle the demographic challenge that some areas is facing. This is done either via the standard measures financed under the regional operational programmes or via specific territorial tools. As to the latter, the European Structural and Investment Funds co-finance two Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI) in the regions of Aragon and Castilla-La Mancha addressing, in particular, the problem of depopulation.

The ITI of Teruel (Aragon) invests more than EUR 25 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) to support innovation, modernisation of small and medium-sized enterprises, deployment of broadband of at least 30 Mbps, set-up of e-services for schools and public administrations, development of cultural heritage, employment, entrepreneurship, social inclusion, and education, in this province.

The ITI of Castilla‐ La Mancha(1) devotes EUR 400 million from ERDF, ESF and European Agricultural Rural Development Fund (EAFRD) to support digitalisation, promotion of economic activity and sustainable use of resources, employment, entrepreneurship, social inclusion and education, in 632 municipalities in Castilla-La Mancha covering 54% of the territory.

Moreover, EAFRD can address depopulation issues via different measures(2) including through the Smart Villages initiative. It promotes rural prosperity and invests in rural viability and vitality, and allocated in Spain EUR 222.5 million for the sole measure 7 ‘Basic services and village renewal in rural areas’.

(2)e.g. basic services and village renewal in rural areas or other measures such as Leader, cooperation, business start-up, etc. foreseen in the rural development programmes.
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