PP communities have called off the boycott and all are demanding new aid for self-consumption

Changing PP autonomous communities, which boycotted the arrival of millionaires’ funds for self-consumption in their regions, arguing that the aid distribution system is too complicated.

Finally, all regions are going to request additional money from the recovery plan, which is awarded a total of 500 million euros, of which more than 300 million would correspond to communities managed by popular communities.

This was confirmed on Friday at a telematics meeting of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, attended by the Third Vice President and Minister Teresa Ribera and the Autonomous Communities, to discuss aspects of the distribution of funds and recovery additions. The plan.

The meeting discussed the question of self-consumption and as elDiario.es has learned, all the autonomous communities will eventually require the expansion of the amounts included in the annex, the aforementioned 500 million, if they have not already done so. After some, such as Castilla y León, announced that they were not going to request the funds, saying that they refused to process them “because of the difficulty”.

Ministry sources emphasize “good cooperation and commitment to ensure that aid reaches citizens as soon as possible, to implement improvements based on years of experience and to meet the requirements of the European Commission and the Treasury.”

As elDiario.es reported on December 4, the vast majority of regions governed by the Popular Party, which receive more than 300 million in aid for self-consumption for families and companies, missed the deadline originally granted to request these funds. on November 15, while other regions have already requested this amount.

Instead, that day all PP autonomous energy advisors sent a letter to the director of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Savings (IDAE), Joanne Groizer, demanding last-minute changes to the management of these funds and streamlining procedures. that the amount reaches the beneficiaries as soon as possible”.

A letter to which Groisard later responded with another letter in which, as this media reported, he urged them to claim the funds by December 8. Finally, this period will be extended, the sources of the Ministry explain.

In this letter, among other things, a senior official of the Ministry reminded the regions that “from the date of approval in 2021, the aid programs give the autonomous communities the freedom to use administrative simplification measures that they consider necessary.”

They can “simplify, modify or eliminate the documentation required for beneficiaries and establish alternative procedures and/or electronic means that allow verification of the required details”.

Groizar also reminded them that from January 2021, management costs related to these aid programs can be included in the budgets transferred to the autonomous communities to strengthen computer equipment and fund management systems. This amount was 3.5% of the funds transferred at the beginning of the program and increased to 5% at the beginning of 2023.

Groizar also told them that the ability to strengthen teams and resources, and more flexibility in management, “made it easier for some communities to already decide virtually the entire budget, based on the information they sent.”

If PP-administered regions had not claimed their share of this 500 million, the unclaimed funds would have been distributed among the rest of the regions. In the end, the threat of popularity remained a bluff.

The threat of a blockade arose in the difficult context of self-consumption. After the boom in 2022, installations in the domestic segment are falling sharply due to falling electricity prices, rising interest rates and a “perception” that help is not coming, the industry employers’ association said in September. The result of the slowness of their processing (in some communities it takes more than a year to collect them).

This is compounded by delays in the legalization of facilities, which the OCU attributed to “obstacles by distributors and the administration itself.” There is even an open investigation by the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) affecting Endesa.

Source: El Diario





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