Spending for 2022 in the Region grows by almost 100 million, of which 40 are for the submarine. The Ribera Ministry does not clarify whether it will use European aid for the lagoon, as it said last year
The Region of Murcia is once again favored in the distribution of the real investments collected in the draft General State Budgets for 2022 that the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, presented yesterday at noon in the Congress of Deputies.
The total number of direct investments of all State agencies in the Region will rise to 723 million euros next year, 97.6 million more than what was budgeted for this year, which represents a 15.6% increase. The Region achieves 5.6% of the total number of investments that the central government distributes among the autonomies, a percentage higher than the specific weight that the Murcian Community has in the whole of Spain both in the population (3.2%) and in the Gross Domestic Product (2.6%).
MOST OUTSTANDING PROJECTS
Ministry of Justice
New court buildings in Lorca (3 million), Cartagena (50,000 euros) and Molina (465,000 euros).
Ministry of Defence
Submarine S-80 (340 million).
Ministry of Transport
Enhancement of the San Esteban site (600,000 euros), restoration of the church of San Juan, in Lorca (300,000 euros), intervention in the cathedral of Cartagena (150,000 euros), stretch of the Reguerón highway (3.9 million), third lane A-7, Monteagudo link section to Orihuela-Beneferri link (10 million), Arco Noroeste sections A, B and C (25 million), Arco Norte sections A and B (2 million), A-33, link section with C-3223 (Yecla) with link N-344 (13 million).
Ministry for Ecological Transition
Maintenance and conservation of dams (735,000 euros), sanitation and purification Plan Crece (704,370 euros), regeneration of the bay of Portmán (one million), replacement works and conservation of the coastline (595,090 euros).
Protection against avenues (2.5 million).
Taibilla Channel Association
Improvement of the supply of Cartagena (3.5 million), expansion and improvements in the districts of Murcia (one million).
Valdelentisco desalination plant (3.6 million), Águilas desalination expansion (8 million).
Mediterranean Corridor Torre Pacheco and Cartagena stations (5.8 million)
Murcia-Almería high speed (90 million), Ten-T corridors (21.3 million), Levante high speed (15.7 million).
Port of Cartagena
Integration of the Cartagena dock (10.1 million), the new El Gorguel dock (1.1 million).
Expansion of the Murcia CIE (338,000 euros), new Yecla police station (1 million), reforms in the Murcia I penitentiary (1.4 million euros).
A ministry, Defense, and a project, the manufacture of the S-80 submarines in the Navantia shipyards, in Cartagena, are once again the main protagonists of state investments in the Region. If last year the budget allocation of 300 million for the S-80 triggered regional investment to 625 million, with a record increase of 67%, next year the appropriation for submarines rises to 340 million euros.
Murcia is the first autonomy in investment per inhabitant, with 477 euros, well above the 266 average
That means that almost half of the total investments planned for the Region and even the increase of 97 million compared to the current year is due to the effort made by Defense to renew the fleet of submarines.
Luckily for Navantia and for the Region, the multi-year planning included in the Budget project includes items of 300 million per year for the S-80 at least until 2025.
The other most investing ministries in the Region are light years away from the department of Margarita Robles, although they also increase the funds for the Community. Transport budgets 73.8 million (16 more than this year) and Ecological Transition reaches 35.4 million (26 more). The rest of the ministries that have consigned items in the Region for 2022 are Justice (3.5 million), Culture and Sports (1.4 million), Interior (1.3 million) and Finance, with just 717,000 euros, according to the documentation provided by this same ministry after registering the Budgets in the Lower House.
Compared with the rest of the autonomous regions, the Region is the seventh that will receive the most investments next year. But where it really stands out is in the investment per inhabitant, since it is in the first position with 477.9 euros, well above the national average, which stands at 266.66 euros, and also at a distance from the regions they occupy. second and third place: Castilla y León (417.8 euros per inhabitant) and Cantabria (409.9 euros).
The Bay of Portmán has only one million allocated to continue with the regeneration works
After the different ministries, public sector companies are the most investing, with a total of 255 million euros in the regional territory. Of these, Adif-AV is in charge of the high-speed lines, the most generous with 127.9 million euros, followed by Puertos del Estado, which has reserved 65.6 for the port facilities of Cartagena, and Acuamed (15 , 2 million), the company responsible for the desalination plants.
The departure of the Ministry of Transport of the Murcian Pedro Saura, former Secretary of State for Transport and number two of the department in the stage of José Luis Ábalos, has not diminished the economic resources allocated to the Region of Murcia, at least in relation to the amount. The investments foreseen by this Ministry go from 60 to 73.8 million and include items of 25 million for the three sections of the Northwest Arc; 13 million more for the completion of the link between the Altiplano highway (A-33) with the N-344, and a similar amount for the conservation of state highways in the Region. There are 3.9 million euros for the Reguerón highway, and another 10 million for part of the third lane of the A-7.
The main items of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition appear in the budgets of the organizations it supervises, such as the Segura Hydrographic Confederation (5.8 million) and the Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibilla (22.5 million euros), which includes 3.5 million euros for the improvement of the Cartagena supply and a further 1.2 million for the improvement of the San Pedro del Pinatar desalination plant.
Among the regionalized amounts that appear in the accounts of the Ministry of Culture, it is worth highlighting the 878,000 euros for the Castle of Monteagudo, the 200,000 euros for the recovery of the old batteries on the coast of Cartagena and the 410,000 for the restoration of the wall paintings of the convent. of Our Lady the Real de las Huertas, in Lorca.
The Ministry of Justice focuses its investments in the Region on the construction of new court buildings, albeit with limited quantities. The highest is 3 million for Lorca, while the new judicial headquarters in Cartagena and Molina will have to wait for better years, since they will only have 50,000 and 380,000 euros in 2022, respectively.
With regard to the Ministry of the Interior, it is not possible to specify what destination will have the 1.2 million in investments in the Region budgeted for 2022, since they are distributed by the general directorates of the Police (943,290 euros) and the Civil Guard ( 336,000 euros) under the general heading of “works in Murcia”.
Apart from the investments, the Community will receive next year 20.4 million from the Interterritorial Compensation Fund and some 3.4 billion payments on account through the financing system, 6% more than in 2021.
Where are the departures for the Mar Menor?
The Mar Menor shines again by its absence, one more year, among the projects included by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition in its budget chapter of real investments. The Ministry has several ways to finance the recovery of the lagoon – it has sometimes referred to European funds – but the budgetary one does not seem to be the preferred one. The General Directorate of the Coast and the Sea collects investments amounting to 2.8 million euros for next year, but distributed in small amounts, such as 300,000 euros to control the regression of the regional coast or 595,000 euros for coastal replacement and conservation works. The highest amount of this Directorate General, and even so it is still scarce, is the million euros budgeted for the regeneration of the Bay of Portmán, an amount clearly insufficient to conclude a project that accumulates decades of delay. Neither among the investments of the Segura Hydrographic Confederation (5.8 million in total) does any line appear where the Mar Menor appears. The Ministry avoided clarifying yesterday to THE TRUTH how it plans to pay for the actions in the Mar Menor.