The Secretary of State for the Appreciation of the Interior, João Paulo Catarino, said today in Pedrógão Grande that in the next legislature he would like to see the tolls abolished in the more economically fragile interior areas.
"In the next government program, what I would like to see reflected is the abolition of tolls in some areas of the interior that are more fragile in economic terms, obviously aware of the budgetary contingency that we live in," he said.
João Paulo Catarino, who was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Re-Nascer Summity Agenda congress, pointed out that "the roads that serve those territories must obviously have this reduction of context costs, which is brutal, and in some cases must be abolished when we have conditions for this. "
Asked about the possibility of the Government creating a specific operational program for low-density territories, the Secretary of State said that the situation was resolved in the reprogramming of the community framework, where 800 million euros were allocated exclusively to inland territories.
"The government responded and this question I think is outdated," said the official, who advocates a look on the interior to "see which regions are more fragile from the economic and social point of view to have specific territories for these territories."
In essence, he added, "having an integrated territorial-based action would call it a closer look with local actors," calling on "municipalities and the central administration to design a governance model for such a program, and which I believe we will achieve in the next Community framework. "
At the opening of the Agenda Re-Nascer Summity congress, held throughout the Technological and Vocational School of Pinhal Zone, João Paulo Catarino considered that the last two community frameworks were disastrous for the interior territories, namely the last one.
"If in the first community frameworks the problem of infrastructures was solved, the problem was when, with these issues resolved, we began to design a community framework in the same way for the whole country, when we had two completely different countries, and this worsened in the last Community framework ", he stressed.
According to the Secretary of State for the Appreciation of the Interior, when the current Government took office the current community framework was "clearly littoral, in which the candidacies approved were essentially from the strongest and most powerful regions, from the north to the south of the country."
"The companies from the interior could not approve projects because the criteria of approval and merit of the candidacies were designed for a championship that was totally different from ours [interior]"He explained.
The Government has resolved this issue, "I think, territorialising the policy and separating the community frameworks. This is what we did with the Pinhal Interior Revitalization Plan, where we clearly created a championship within the community frameworks exclusively for the interior pinewood. "
"This was also what was done with the program Valorizar for tourism, a very important sector, which today has more than 50 million euros invested in the countryside, where companies from the coast can not compete," he said.