Bid to improve the budget


PROVINCIAL Socialist party (PSOE) chiefs will work with regional president Ximo Puig to include important schemes for Alicante in the state infrastructure budget for 2023 after the province was largely ignored in the draft project presented in parliament.

A total of €12.6 billion has been set aside for infrastructure schemes in Spain but just €160 million was allocated for Alicante province.

However, PSOE provincial secretary and MP, Alejandro Soler revealed that they will present amendments as the budget passes through the parliamentary process.

They will also seek modifications and direct investments, he noted.

Sr Soler lamented that vital projects such as a rail service to Alicante airport, improvements
to the A-7 motorway and a train service to Alicante port have not been earmarked for funding.

He met with furious business leaders on Monday to offer assurances that they will leave no stone unturned to adapt a budget ‘which is negative for Alicante province’.

The state deputy noted that the mentioned schemes ‘had to be included’, along with other important projects which have been ‘waiting for too long’.

President of the provincial chamber of commerce, Carlos Baño stated that there was enormous discontent’ in the business community. He said it was lamentable that Alicante was the fifth most productive province in Spain but last in line for investments.

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