The new ‘Central Madrid’, the future low-emission zone of Madrid approved by the Government of José Luis Martínez-Almeida and which has yet to be passed through the Plenary, could be excluded from access to European recovery funds, as is as the Minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, has warned this Friday.
Traffic in the center already exceeds the prepandemic levels after the cancellation of Madrid Central
In an interview with EFE, the also third vice president has specified that Almeida’s mobility plan allows the circulation of combustion motorcycles and that this could make it difficult for her to benefit from the funds from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. “This is an issue that may pose some kind of problem with regard to the possibility of accessing the financing of the recovery plan,” he said.
Low-emission zones, whose obligation is established by the Climate Change Law for cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, “now have explicit support of more than 1,000 million euros, charged to European funds.” “This should allow us to have healthier cities,” explained Ribera.
The vice president recalled that the city of Madrid is being recriminated “for its low relative air quality with respect to other European capitals and that is a drag from many points of view, of course health, but also economically and economically. reputational “.
The mayor, who presented his new mobility ordinance on the 20th, shows, according to the minister, that “it expands the low-emission zone”, but, he says, “it does so with softer measures than what happened in ‘Madrid Central'”.
Ribera has detailed that one of the most important issues highlighted by the European Commission is that it is necessary to be “very precise” in guaranteeing that the resources are not allocated to anything that could generate “significant damage to the environment.”
In this regard, and awaiting a more detailed analysis of the capital plan, still pending final approval in the Plenary of the City Council, the minister believes that there are some points “in the plan that they propose that may raise doubts regarding whether or not there are associated emissions and the type of vehicle being driven, “he said.
However, he emphasizes that “it is good” that Martínez-Almeida “worries about the matter and supports that Madrid needs a different mobility”, although the opportunity to reorganize public spaces during the months of confinement has been missed, as Paris has done. .
Currently, the Ministry for Ecological Transition has already committed almost 60 percent of the 7,000 million it had allocated for 2021 in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. Towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants can present their plans, whose investments can be carried out until 2024.