Impact of the NextGeneration EU funds in Catalonia

According to official figures from the Catalan government, 52,461 beneficiaries have received funding totalling 5.39 billion euros from the NextGeneration EU funds. More than half of the funds distributed have gone to businesses, 97% of which are SMEs, which have received 56% of the amount committed so far.


The interactive viewer set up by the Generalitat’s Department of Economy and Finance is updated periodically and makes it possible to consult how these resources have been distributed in Catalonia, in calls for proposals, tenders and direct concessions made by both the Generalitat itself and the Spanish government.

This tool shows how, of the 7,469.8 million euros of Next Generation funds allocated in Catalonia, 5,390 million euros have already been distributed among 52,461 beneficiaries, including businesses, local corporations, research centres, non-profit organisations, individuals and other public sector entities. Of these, more than half have gone to businesses, 97% of which are SMEs, which had received 56% of the resources by the end of February 2024.

Most of the resources have been allocated to the business sector. Specifically, 2,748.4 million (51% of the total) have gone to 12,439 businesses, while 663 local corporations have received 1,087.5 million (20%) through grants and direct concessions. Likewise, 237 research and/or training centres have been beneficiaries of 984.7 million (18%) and 976 non-profit and third sector entities have received 270.9 million (5%). In addition, 169.3 million (3%) went to 38,021 individuals and 123 million (2%) were distributed among 125 other public sector entities.


Sustainability, energy transition and new technologies

In terms of the sectors to which the funds have been allocated, projects related to electric vehicles stand out, such as the construction of a production plant by the South Korean company Lotte Energy Materiales in Mont-roig del Camp to manufacture copper sheets, a key component in electric car batteries. A new Seat assembly line in Martorell, as well as a battery subscription service and the Silence network of recharging stations, and the ultra-fast-charging battery to be manufactured by Bold Valuable Technology, among others.

On the other hand, part of the funds will also go to companies such as Openchip & Software Technologies, Lhyfe Hidrogeno and Bunge Ibérica, and will be used to build infrastructures for advanced processors and semiconductors, to develop green hydrogen projects or to finance proposals linked to the Agri-Food PERTE, such as industrial strengthening, the acceleration of sustainability and the competitiveness of the alternative protein value chain. In addition, Alier, La Farga YourCopperSolutions and Ametller Origen Obradors have received grants to promote the circular economy.

European funds have also reached non-profit organisations, including third-sector organisations, among which 268 million have been distributed. The Jaume Bofill Foundation, with more than 16 million, and the Fundació Agropecuària de Guissona, with more than 11 million, stand out, followed by the Fundació la Muntanyeta, with 7 million, and the Fundació Catalana de l’Esplai, with more than 6 million. The Asociació Dincat, the Clúster de Foònica i Òptica (SECPHO), the Fundació Sociosanitària i Social Santa Tecla, and the Fundació Santa Teresa del Vendrell each received more than 5 million.


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