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Lisbon Metropolitan Council discusses housing, disadvantaged communities and digital literacy

The presentation of the state of play regarding the applications submitted by the municipalities of the Lisbon metropolitan area to the Recovery and Resilience Plan, in the areas of housing and disadvantaged communities, and the dissemination of the national training program "Eu Sou Digital" (I am Digital), were the topics highlighted at the meeting of the Lisbon Metropolitan Council, which took place yesterday, September 29, at the headquarters of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

In the case of disadvantaged communities, once the merit assessment of the applications has been completed, the local authorities leading the local integrated operations will be notified of this result between October 3 and 7. After prior hearings between October 17 and 21, it is estimated that the terms of acceptance will be sent to all final beneficiaries by October 28.

In November, a public event will be held in Odivelas to present the Metropolitan Plan for Integrated Operations in Disadvantaged Communities and to formalize the signing of the terms of acceptance of the 70 or so final beneficiaries.

In the area of housing, an update was given on the framework agreements, whose deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to October 10. By the end of September, 50 applications had been received from interested parties, including architectural studios and engineering and geotechnical companies.

As for applications to the Recovery and Resilience Plan, 65 had been submitted by the end of September. Of these, 33 have already been approved.

The final version of the diagnosis of undignified housing conditions is being prepared and will be presented in November at a public session in Lisbon.

The "Eu Sou Digital" program, presented by the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Administrative Modernization, Mário Campolargo, is a national digital empowerment program aimed at adults who have never used the internet. During his speech, Mário Campolargo invited the municipalities of the Lisbon metropolitan area to publicize and promote citizens' adherence to the program, by opening "Eu Sou Digital" centers, training mentors and organizing digital literacy sessions for the population.

The meeting also approved the signing of the Recolhabio collaboration protocol, to support the implementation of biowaste selective collection projects (between the AML and the Environmental Fund), with a value of around 2.9 million euros, and an amendment to the 2022 budget of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

The Metropolitan Council, according to the statute of inter-municipal entities, is the decision-making body of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, made up of the mayors of the 18 municipalities that make up the metropolitan area (Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Cascais, Lisboa, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra and Vila Franca de Xira).

Updated on 30/09/2022
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