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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
E-001746/2018
Answer given by Ms Creţu on behalf of the Commission

In its Country report Spain 2018 of 7 March 2018, the Commission points out the ‘persistently subdued levels of Research and Development investment’ that affect Spain’s innovation performance and productivity growth, despite governance improvements.

Nevertheless, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has substantially contributed to support research and innovation in Spain in the last decades. The Commission has had regular contacts with the Spanish authorities managing the ERDF funds and has been monitoring the execution of the co-financed programmes to make sure that the funds are spent according to the financing plans to achieve the expected objectives.

The availability of the national budgetary funding for the EU co-financed projects is one of the concerns that the Commission raises regularly with Spain.

Regarding the specific project the Honourable Member refers to, Plataforma Solar de Almería, it should be noted that the research institute completed properly all the projects co-financed by the ERDF during the financial exercise 2007-2013. Other projects, planned to be supported by the ERDF during the 2014-2020 period, have started or are under preparation.

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