The first urban rehabilitation projects within the “Centro 2020” program, with a total funding of around 6,6 million euros, have been approved.

Among the contemplated municipalities of this initial package, Castelo Branco with three projects, Coimbra and Pombal with two projects each stand out. The other three municipalities receiving funds being Alcobaça, Mangualde and Torres Novas.

According to “Centro 2020”, other candidatures summing approximately 11,2 million euros of FEDER (European Funding of Regional Development), are still being analyzed.

The projects are included in strategies for bigger urban centers of the Portuguese Interior, in the areas of urban regeneration, sustainable mobility and less advantaged communities, with contracts having been signed in May 2016.

A funding of more than 200 million euros is foreseen, with provisions being contracted per County. The municipalities of Gouveia, Nazaré and Óbidos are included in the lowest scale, corresponding to 3,5 million euros, whereas Coimbra and Leiria reach maximums of 18 and 15 million euros, respectively.

Many other municipalities which do not yet have any project approved, already have their provisions defined namely Fundão (4 million); Seia (4,25 million); Oliveira do Hospital and Mangualde (5 million). To the counties of Castelo Branco and Guarda were given the same amount of 6,5 million euros, with Covilhã receiving 6 million euros.

The urban rehabilitation being part of its mission, SmartPlace expects to participate actively in the challenges that the “Centro 2020” will be funding in the various counties of Beira Interior. Given the university level of its team, the ample and diversified offer of services, the professionalism and rigor with which it acts in the market and its connection to the Region, SmartPlace can play a fundamental role in the execution of interventions that respect the identity of each territory, promoting more dignity and comfort and enriching as best possible the people’s patrimony.

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