Galicia designs an "eco-neighborhood" in Orense as an energy reference in Europe

eco-neighborhood" in Orense as an energy reference in Europe

The Xunta de Galicia announced today that it will present to the European Commission (EC) an “eco-neighborhood” project in the Ourense district of A Ponte, which will affect 20,000 residents and 35 public buildings and aims to become a reference for energy efficiency in the European Union.

“A project that can not only be a reference in Spain, but also in the European Union,” the commissioner told us, “the president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, told the press after meeting in Brussels with the European commissioner. of Energy and Climate Action, the Spanish Miguel Árias Cañete.

This “eco-neighborhood” will extract “energy from the ground, geothermal energy and also biomass, to distribute hot water and heating for 35 public buildings in a single network” and the Xunta will try to “help all those interested and all private buildings to reduce their energy consumption and building envelope facades (insulation) to improve energy efficiency “.

If it is carried out, renewable energy can be supplied to 20,000 people and health centers, primary and secondary education, an industrial estate, bus and AVE stations, sports facilities with heated swimming pools, a grocery store and the Post Office. He said.

In addition, it will allow “to change all street lighting lamps in that neighborhood,” added Núñez Feijóo, who also addressed the matter today with the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, the Portuguese Carlos Moedas.

The initiative is in line with the spirit of the new European legislation, the so-called “winter package”, to reduce polluting emissions by 40% in relation to 1990.

This is intended to ensure that at least 27% of energy consumption in the EU countries comes from renewable energy and improve energy efficiency by 30%, which will lead to a decrease in the electricity bill of public buildings.

The president of the Xunta will officially present the draft project next June and, before the end of 2017, its final version.

It will be then when the needs and modalities of financing will be specified through funds of the European Investment Plan, the so-called Juncker Plan, soft loans from the Official Credit Institute (ICO) and other European funds.

Núñez Feijóo did not want to specify yet the economic scope of the project to transform A Ponte into an “eco-neighborhood”, but pointed out that it is an initiative inspired by the Ile de Re French, located next to the town of La Rochelle, in the west of the country, and in which they invested “some 40 or 50 million euros for their ecological transformation”.

Beyond that initiative, Feijóo and Árias Cañete discussed preliminarily in a “meeting three months ago in Santiago” and that has the support of the Energy Commissioner, the Galician president took the opportunity to discuss other current issues.

“He is our reference commissioner and the first Spanish authority

"He is our reference commissioner and the first Spanish authority

the European Commission”, so other issues that Galicia wants the commissioners school to know about were also discussed, said Núñez Feijóo.

Among them, the following scenario of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with a view to the incorporation of “small and sustainable livestock farms” or “demographic challenges” and their impact on future European cohesion funds, he said.

They also addressed the Smart Specialization Strategy of the EC in which Galicia collaborates with Portugal, which is endowed with more than 350 million euros of financing and which the European Commission considers “a model of cross-border cooperation,” according to Núñez Feijóo.

Finally, the Galician president said that the other great reason for his visit to Brussels is “to lead the representation of more than 60 Galician companies in the world exhibition of fishing products that starts from tomorrow in Brussels”, called SeaFood.

Ex lawyers of Clean Hands denounce Bernad for appropriation of an inheritance of 300,000 euros

say two former lawyers of Manos Limpias in a complaint filed against Miguel Bernad

leader of the former union, in relation to an inheritance received by this organization worth 300,689 , two former lawyers of Manos Limpias in a complaint filed against Miguel Bernad, It is the legacy of Eduardo Cuadros Cuestas, an old man of Francoist descent, who died in 2013, leaving part of his property to Manos Limpias.

The union itself and lawyer Angel Alonso , appointed executor by the deceased, are also the subject of the complaint, filed last July 17 in the police station of the Chamberí district, Madrid, and in which the three parties are accused of misappropriation, unfair administration, falsehood in public and private documents, fraud, punishable insolvency, corruption between individuals and money laundering.

This is the legacy of Eduardo Cuadros Cuestas, an old man of Francoist descent

The complainants, who have agreed to speak on condition of preserving their identity, suspect that this money could have ended up in Bernard’s hands, as allegedly happened with part of the money of those affected by the Afinsa. a matter that is being investigated by the court of instruction number 18 of Madrid.

In fact, sources from the Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court, which since 2016 has been investigating a case against Bernad and Luis Pineda, president of Ausbanc, for allegedly extorting banks and businesses, recently assured La Vanguardia that it is unknown until now the final whereabouts of the money received for this concept.

An amount that, according to the complaint, amounted to 104,101 euros in cash from the collection of a life insurance from Cuadros and included the value of part of a property in Palencia, bank shares and a mortgage loan without interest that Cuesta made in favor of about of the caregivers who attended him during his last years of life- my personal preference.

“Nobody knew what happened with the money, not even the president, nor the treasurer

According to the deed of acceptance and award of the inheritance, dated December 2013 and to which La Vanguardia has had access, Miguel Bernad ordered, since then and as a representative of Manos Limpias, the assets bequeathed to the organization.

In fact, the preliminary proceedings carried out by the National Court prove, with bank documentation, how the collection was made for items such as the aforementioned life insurance of Axa Aurora Vida SA in one of the Manos Limpias accounts for a value close to 100,000 euros

The former collaborators denounce that despite the entry of cash, Bernad did not pay the money that the organization owed them in relation to their professional activity in Manos Limpias and that has already motivated two legal proceedings.

They claim that he did not settle debts with the ex-collaborators

“Nobody knew what happened with the money, not even the president, nor the treasurer,” says one of the complainants. In the complaint itself, the two lawyers subscribe that Manos Limpias never presented accounts, nor did it assemble its governing bodies, nor convened assemblies and that Bernad did and unmade “at will”.

In this context and after his arrest in 2016, Bernad ordered his lawyer to process the declaration of insolvency of the organization due to the debts he accumulated; among them, one of 80,000 euros to the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabián Picardo.

Justice, according to the article in El Pais that advanced this information, condemned Manos Limpias to pay 33,000 euros to the Gibraltarian leader after the organization linked him in one of his complaints with smuggling, drug trafficking and money laundering.

The former leader of Manos Limpias ensures that the inheritance was used to pay current expenses

Asked about the final destination of the inheritance money, Bernad incurred several contradictions in refuting the claims he had made in other media.

the money from the legacy, which at that time amounted to 179,331 euros

had been used to defray the expenses derived from the association of the organization in the case of Nóos and those of the lawyer Virginia López Negrete., who represented Manos Limpias in the cause.

In the conversation with La Vanguardia, however, Bernad denied that the amount was used to finance the Nóos in relation to the expenses of Negrete, as well as that it had been used to cover other concepts associated with the actions of the lawyer.

The former leader of Manos Limpias said, however, that the inheritance was used to pay for current expenses of the activity such as the payroll of the then secretary, cover various trips to go to criminal proceedings and settle debts such as that resulting from a lawsuit lost against the newspaper El País.

The role of Alonso, the executor, and brother of the vice president of the Francisco Franco Foundation

The case of the inheritance was further complicated, if possible, on March 2, 2015, when Bernad made a notarial deed of assignment of the aforementioned mortgage loan granted by Cuadros a Gloria Carvajal, one of its caretakers, and for which Manos Clean as heir received more than 500 euros per month.

The purchaser of the loan turned out to be Ángel Alonso , the executor of Cuadros and brother of Jaime Alonso , vice president of the Francisco Franco Foundation, a former collaborator of Manos Limpias and, according to several ex-members of the organization, a close friend of Bernad. Angel acquired 33,000 euros for the rights to the private mortgage loan initially valued at 154,000 euros and which, according to him, amounted at that time to more than 100,000 euros.

A maneuver that beyond the suspicions that can raise violates, according to the complainants, the article 1459 of the Civil Code that establishes that those who hold a tutelary position on the assets of a person cannot acquire them.

Clean Hands needed liquidity urgently

Something that Angel Alonso, however, denies outright. According to the executor, his role as a splitting accountant “does not disqualify him for years after the liquidation of the inheritance to intervene in another operation” related to it. In addition, this lawyer ensures that his role as a buyer responded to the demands of Bernad who had agreed to settle the debt of the mortgage loan to Carvajal in a single payment in exchange for significantly reducing the amount owed.

As she did not manage to raise the money, she explains to La Vanguardia, “they asked me to make a kind of bridge mortgage, that is to say that initially, I would put the money, I would become a mortgagee so that later when Gloria had the money, she would pay me and cancel the mortgage. ”

According to his version, Manos Limpias needed liquidity urgently and the caregiver had a relative with the ability to repay the 33,000 euros that he had given to the organization led by Bernad in a matter of months. Something that, he says, would have happened at the end of 2015.

The cell of Ripoll looked for credits to finance the attacks of Barcelona and Cambrils imitating other jihadists

The cell of Ripoll looked for credits to finance the attacks of Barcelona and Cambrils imitating other jihadists

Members of the Ripoll cell that perpetrated the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils wanted to contract micro-credits to finance themselves , according to the case of the National Court. This issue is still being investigated, as is the international relations of the imam who led the group, Abdelbaki is Satty, who was visited four times in the prison of Castellón by state security agents.

The constancy of these efforts to obtain microcredits is derived from the study of telephone calls made from the phones of Mohamed Hichami (killed in Cambrils) and Mohamed Houli , the only survivor of the explosion in the house of Alcanar. Precisely among the rubble of this house was its terminal, which has provided information on the facts.

Thus, there is evidence of contacts with three entities that grant this type of loans. The requests did not exceed 300 euros. So, for example, Houli exchanged SMS with one of these companies between April 30 and June 18 of last year to get 200 euros. In addition, the procedures were performed using a false name. On the other hand, Hichami carried out two telephone negotiations with another manager on July 4 and 8, 2017, that is, already in days very close to the attacks. The Mossos are investigating if they came to collect this money.

The requests for microcredits did not exceed 300 euros

In a report of the police of the Generalitat it is reflected that this is a method used in other occasions by the members of the Islamic State (IS). For example, one of them obtained one of 6,000 euros to buy the weapons that they used in the Paris attacks, as well as to pay for two tickets for two people who were going to fight against Syria; money that is never returned and that once in conflict zones swells the coffers of the terrorist organization. In the opinion of the Mossos, those of Ripoll wanted the funds to buy precursors and to manufacture explosives.

Regarding monetary transactions, there is another striking fact in the summary. Between 2009 and 2014, Mohamed Hichami made a monthly transfer from his bank in Ripoll to an account in Germany. They were quantities that always oscillated between 500 and 1,000 euros and went to a recipient of Arabic name. This regularity aroused suspicion in the Spanish credit institution, which referred the case to its money laundering department, without finding any relevant data. When the employees asked him what they were doing, he replied: “I’m young, but I have business in Germany.”

The links abroad of the members of the Ripoll cell is one of the issues that are still being investigated, singularly centered on the figure of Es Satty, the imam. As is known, this man spent some time in the Belgian town of Vilvoorde. On his return to Spain, he went through Vic and Ripoll, where he maintained contact with two couples who in turn had family in Belgium. Interrogated by the police, these people indicated that they met Es Satty, but that they do not know about their relations with their relatives in Europe.

Satty was in the prison of Castellón between 2010 and 2014. There he received two visits from his wife, but also four from the Civil Guard and the CNI, although the motivations of these meetings have not yet been revealed. In addition, there was also a request to see him from a man nicknamed the Sudaní, who, according to some witnesses, is a very radicalized person.

The investigators have also taken statements from several prisoners who coincided with him in Castellón. One of them has stated that he did not notice that he was radicalized, although he always prayed in the courtyard with a group of Maghrebis led by an individual they called Bin Laden. The wife of another (who is currently expelled from Spain) explained that Ripoll’s imam got in touch with her husband when he left prison to ask for false passports, which justified to bring his children from Morocco. In the Alawi country, Satty left a woman and nine children, while here he remarried with the one who went to visit the penitentiary.

Ripoll’s wanted the funds to buy precursors and make explosives

Other data also emerge from the investigations included in the case. One of them is that the cell rented three vans, as was already known: the one that was used in the Rambla, another that broke down near Cambrils and a third that was abandoned in Vic, which cost them around 1,500 euros. But they were also interested in renting three off-road vehicles, possibly with the idea of ​​causing massive outrages. In any case, from what follows from the inquiries, it seems that the main objective was to perpetrate attacks with explosives that were being manufactured in the house of Alcanar. It was a very important amount, but an accidental explosion in the building and the death of Es Satty made them change their goals.

On the other hand, in the mobile of Houli rescued between the ruins of Alcanar two internet captures of two houses in rent in France were found, near the Spanish border, in the localities of Palau de Cerdanya and Osseja. The owners explained that they have the houses to rent, but that they never dealt with the members of the cell and that they never contacted them. There is no evidence that they were there.

More than 23,000 Riojaans will finance their Christmas purchases

The growth rate will be lower than last year

The growth rate will be lower than last year

Around 23,105 Riojans will resort to some financing product (credit cards, consumer loans, payroll advances …) to be able to pay their expenses during Christmas, a figure equivalent to 11.76 percent of the adult population of the community, according to an analysis of (, the savings website.

The Black Friday, which was held on Friday, November 24, marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. During this time, La Rioja consumers spend an average of 604.6 euros (14 million euros in total), a figure that increases by 2.2 percent from the 591.6 euros that were recorded last year. Of the total expenditure, 39.33 percent will go to gifts (237.78 euros), 30.41 percent to food (183.86 euros), 18.13 percent to travel (109.61 euros) and 12.13 percent to leisure (73.37 euros).

“The advance in the creation of employment in recent months explains the improvement in Christmas consumption, although the growth rate will be lower than last year.” Among the factors that explain this slight containment of household spending, we find, for example, the drop in salaries, which have decreased for the first time in the last decade, or job insecurity, with a temporary employment rate of more than 50 percent in the jobs created since 2013. “

Nor should we forget that “consumer confidence has reached levels of last March -among other things, due to the economic outlook- and that issues such as the situation in Catalonia are already causing sharp drops in sales in the region, especially in the small and medium commerce “.

“In this context, many households will opt for financing solutions to alleviate the impact of Christmas expenses, taking advantage of the fact that banking continues to open the credit tap: only in August, new loans granted to families increased by 19 percent interannual, “explains Personal Finance spokesperson, Estefanía González.



Those who need to resort to a credit card (with or without linkage), a loan or a payroll advance to pay these expenses in installments will have to pay their bank an average interest rate of 12.04 percent, a figure that could reach to skyrocket to 24 percent if they choose the most popular financing product for this type of payment: credit cards.

Faced with these options are others such as loans (with a minimum interest of 6 percent TIN and with little supply for such small amounts) or non-binding credit cards, which have offers at 0 percent TIN if the consumer returns the money in three months, but with high associated expenses.

“When choosing the most appropriate form of financing, we must take into account several issues: First of all, we must never forget to calculate the APR of the operation: this will allow us to know the real cost of postponing the payment, since that takes into account the interest to pay and the expenses or commissions “.

Secondly, it is important to know that the most advantageous conditions to postpone expenses such as Christmas are found in short-term financing. Finally, it is worth remembering that, although personal loans are generally cheaper financing options than credit cards, the range of offers for an amount such as Christmas purchases makes the number of offers available to the client is reduced, since most products are designed for higher figures, “says González.



The regions where a greater percentage of the population will finance their Christmas purchases are the autonomous cities of Melilla and Ceuta (15.87 percent and 14.99 percent respectively), followed by the communities of Murcia (13.43 percent), Balearic Islands (13.34 percent) and Andalusia (13.17 percent). At the other extreme are Asturias (10.35 percent), País Vasco (10.92 percent) and Cantabria (11.1 percent).

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Cooking at home is a key ingredient to follow a healthy diet

Cooking at home is a key ingredient to follow a healthy diet

I am increasingly convinced of the interesting role that could be played by those recommendations that were basic, simple to understand and uncontroversial, such as the “kitchen what you eat”. All this in order to promote a change of eating habits towards those who are healthier.

I told you in the post More kitchens and less touch the … and it turns out that in recent times we have witnessed the publication of two interesting studies that come to ratify the weight that could have the fact of cooking more when trying to change certain styles dietetics

The first of them, formulated the subject as a question in the title Is cooking at home associated with better dietary quality or weight-loss intention? (Is cooking at home related to having a better dietary quality or intending to lose weight?) Conducted a survey on dietary habits to more than 9,000 participants and concluded that the frequent practice of cooking was related to a pattern of food consumption notably healthier whether the subjects intended to lose weight or not. Therefore, in this study, the authors end up making an appeal to the health authorities in order to promote cooking among the general population as a strategy for acquiring better habits.

On the other hand, the second of the studies referred to by Time Spent on Home Food Preparation and Indicators of Healthy Eating followed a methodology similar to the previous one but with a smaller population (about 1300 adults) and observed that people who spent less time preparing food (cooking) were also working people who focused their food priorities from the prism of convenience and who followed a worse pattern of food consumption . Conversely, the greater the time devoted to cooking, the better the indicators of dietary quality with significantly more frequent intake of vegetables, salads, fruits and juices. The thing does not remain there, since the economy was also an element to be taken into account to the extent that it cooks more or less. Thus dedicating less than one hour a day to prepare food was associated with a greater expenditure of money to have to resort to restaurants (many of them fast food) than those who ate what they cooked in their homes.

The first, that is increasingly clear the positive relationship

if you cook what you eat then you have more chances of having a better nutritional pattern ” … at the same time that the negative ” if you do not cook, you increase the chances of following an inappropriate pattern ” .

The second refers to “time”. Not a few results indicate that it is the lack of time the most used argument to justify oneself among those who do not cook or do little . Well, in this sense and again in my opinion, the key would be in two concepts: that of priorities and that of skills . It is clear that if you do not have the skills, the kitchenware, or the minimum knowledge to face the stove daily (or periodically, cooking in a single session for several days) it will hardly be profitable to cook. The other issue is the priorities, it would be appropriate that many who do not cook for lack of time analyze why they do. It is likely that in some cases, I think not a few, “steals” time to the kitchen to dedicate to other minor issues. I’m sure everything will be there, but in general I think that’s the case.

Barcelona renounces its New Year's giant

Barcelona renounces its New Year

The ritual was born just two years ago, after the government of Xavier Trias and Turisme de Barcelona responded to the request that hoteliers in the city had been making for many years. Many of them complained that they did not know what to respond to their clients when they asked for information on where to celebrate the arrival of the new year. In the end, Barcelona, ​​its neighbors and the thousands of visitors who arrived in the Catalan capital on Christmas dates were able to say goodbye to 2013 on Maria Cristina Avenue, in Montjuïc, where the Millennium Being , a giant 15 meters tall, created in the factory of La Fura dels Baus on the occasion of the city party premiere of the new millennium, starred in a pagan ceremony that would repeat on December 31, 2014. But what was on its way to becoming a tradition, a hallmark of New Year’s Eve of Barcelona, ​​has already passed into history. The new municipal government and the organizers of the party have decided to retire the resident colossus in a Gavà park.

Various sources involved in the assembly of the New Year have confirmed to La Vanguardia a change of format in the public celebration of this date so indicated. The change will go in line with the modifications that the Government of Ada Colau wants to introduce – especially starting next year – in the Christmas program that the City Council organizes and finances. Colau wants a “more participatory and decentralized” Christmas and, although a public verbena will be held on the same Montjuïc stage and at the same time (from 23.30 to 0.15 hours), the format will be different from that of the previous two years.

In the absence of Barcelona City Council specifying which of the proposals

In the absence of Barcelona City Council specifying which of the proposals

the table you choose, what is clear is that the government of BComú, also in this aspect, wants to set distances with respect to the Trias model. To this will is added the perception, shared by some of the parties involved in the organization of the party, such as Turisme de Barcelona, ​​of which the protagonism of the Millennial Being, after the initial surprise and the repetition of the show the following year, had already shortly traveled and showed symptoms of exhaustion, although it was, precisely, the differential element with which Barcelona aspired to make a hole in the New Year’s summaries of television news programs around the world (almost impossible mission) and in social networks (something that had already achieved in the first two attempts).

If the one for the first New Year’s Eve party -the one from 2013 to 2014- was already a montage against the clock, this new edition is on a similar path. The fact of maintaining Maria Cristina Avenue as a stage directs the celebration towards a festival of light, pyrotechnics and water, taking advantage of the framework created by the Font Màgica, the backdrop of the Palau Nacional and the replica of the Quatre Columns by Puig i Cadafalch . Turisme de Barcelona has presented several proposals to the municipal authorities, which seem willing to impose, not so much in this as in future editions, that this show will be carried out by one or several local creators. It is confirmed that La Fura dels Baus and its Millennial Being will not participate.

The protagonist of the two previous Barcelona’s New Year’s Eve was a loan from the City Council of Gavà to Barcelona. The agreement of cession of the figure involved the Consistory of Baix Llobregat and La Fura dels Baus, which in turn signed the corresponding agreement with Barcelona. Gavà did not receive any financial compensation in return and it was the theater company that was in charge of the dismantling, transfer and subsequent return to the Mil·lenni park, which takes its name precisely from the doll installed in the city since December 5, 2001, when La Fura ceded it to the City Council -also free of charge- maintaining the intellectual property. The agreement was annual, from December 14 (local holiday in Gavà) until the beginning of January, and in no case established future commitments. Among the clauses of the agreement signed both last year and the previous one, it was pointed out that if the structure suffered any damage during its stay in Barcelona it would be La Fura who took charge of the repair.

Gavà took advantage of the event and turned the cession of the Millennian Being into another attraction of Christmas, with a farewell party that included performances by La Fura and various local entities to accompany the works to remove the iron structure. The then mayor, Joaquim Balsera, expressed his desire for the sculpture to become “a fixed symbol” of the New Year’s Eve party in Barcelona, ​​although now the City Council of Gavà prefers not to value the decision that the government will take now of Ada Colau.

In the two previous years the Montjuïc festival has had the intervention 

In the two previous years the Montjuïc festival has had the intervention 

the Corporació Catalana de Ràdio i Televisió. TV3 broadcast the party live, breaking its tradition of emitting bells every year from a different population. On May 20, the government commission of the City Council, four days before the municipal elections that gave the victory to Ada Colau, approved the renewal of the agreement between TV3, the Consistory and Turisme de Barcelona to collaborate again in the dissemination of the show. According to the City Council, TV3 will continue to broadcast the Barcelona party, although sources of Catalan television said yesterday that, after the change of government, the terms of the agreement are not entirely closed. On October 28, the government commission authorized the current first deputy mayor, Gerardo Pisarello, to sign the new agreement.

One issue that is on the air is the search for private sponsors to help finance the show

One issue that is on the air is the search for private sponsors to help finance the show

Various sources consulted by La Vanguardia have ensured that, for the moment, no one from the City Council has contacted the companies that usually collaborate in this type of event to contribute also this year. Although the little willingness of the BComú government to resort to this model of intervention by the private sector is well known, the municipal sources assure that, as in previous editions, sponsors are jointly sought to minimize the costs of the soiree.

Education grants salary scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year to 1,723 university students and 158 non-abandonment grants

The Ministry of Education, Research, Culture and Sport has decided to grant a total of 7.8 million euros in salary scholarships for 1,723 Valencian public university students who are studying first or second grade. Likewise, it has given its approval to 158 non-abandonment scholarships for the students of the Valencian public universities, which has a maximum of 24 credits to complete their studies.


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The Ministry of Education, Research, Culture and Sport has decided to grant a total of 7.8 million euros in salary scholarships for 1,723 Valencian public university students who are studying first or second grade. Likewise, it has given its approval to 158 non-abandonment scholarships for the students of the Valencian public universities, which has a maximum of 24 credits to complete their studies.

As for the salary scholarships, it is the second consecutive year in which the Ministry of Education delivers these grants in order to avoid self-exclusion and ensure that students who begin their studies can finish their university education with a salary to be trained . In this way, students can collaborate with their families by providing a salary close to the minimum interprofessional salary of up to 600 euros during the four years of training, provided that it exceeds academically the courses.

From the department headed by Vicent Marzà have highlighted the 86% increase in the amount allocated by the Ministry to resolve the aid corresponding to the annuity of 2017 with respect to the amount intended for the 2016 annuity, given that a total of 7,797,000 euros compared to 4,191,000 euros allocated in 2016. In the same way, they have underlined the consequent increase of 85.2% of beneficiary students, which has gone from the 930 beneficiaries of last year to 1,723 of this year.

This resolution will be complemented with a new one that will allow increasing the amount allocated to scholarships salary up to an additional 2.9 million euros, corresponding to the annuity of 2018, which will be granted to those students who are not beneficiaries of the scholarships of the Ministry of Education .

In this way, the beneficiary students can have a salary of up to 600 euros per month per course, which will help finance the cost of carrying out university studies and boost the economy of families with low levels of income.

Specifically, of the students receiving salary scholarships, 676 correspond to the University of Valencia, and receive 3,066,000 euros; 233 students study at the Universitat Politècnica de València and the amount awarded reaches 1,053,000 euros.

As for the University of Alacant, the number of beneficiaries is 429 and they will receive 1,939,500 euros; for the students of the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, the number of beneficiaries is 199 and they will receive 901,500 euros and, finally, the number of beneficiaries of the Miguel Hernández University in Elche is 186 and they will receive 837,000 euros. By sexes, 64% of the beneficiaries are women, that is, 1,103, and 36% are men, that is 620.


Related imageOn the other hand, the Conselleria has decided to grant a total of 158 scholarships of non-abandonment for the students of the Valencian public universities with a maximum of 24 credits left to finish their university studies. A heading for the academic year 2017-18 is destined for this purpose, out of a total of 141,948 euros, which represents an increase of 17.4% with respect to the previous call, which is intended to help students with difficulties can finish their studies from the third registration and successive.

Specifically, of the 158 beneficiaries of the scholarships, 36 carry out their studies at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, 42 at the University of Alacant, 38 at the University of Valencia, 24 at the Universitat Jaume I, and 18 at the Miguel University Hernandez

The amount awarded by the Regional Ministry to these universities as compensation for the fees of the student beneficiaries of the scholarships is distributed as follows: 41,761 euros for the Universitat Politècnica de València, 31,402 euros for the University of Valencia, 36,825 euros for the University d’Alacant, 13,890 euros for the Miguel Hernández University, and 18,069 euros for the Universitat Jaume I.

This is the third year that the Ministry of Education grants this type of aid, and that has increased the amount allocated by 132% from the 61,608 euros awarded in the 2015-16 academic year to the 141,948 euros of the 2017-18 academic year. This has also meant increasing the number of beneficiaries by 46.3%, going from 108 in the 2015-16 academic year to the 158 students who received a scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year.

They recalled that the exemption from fees only covers the subjects or credits in which the applicant has enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year in a single degree and specialty.

They specify that they are not part of the enrollment grant, those credits that exceed the minimum necessary to obtain the degree in question, or special prices that accrue as a result of validations, recognition or adaptations of studies, subjects or credits.

The Ministry has allocated a total of 23,521,300 euros to all scholarships convened in 2017 – scholarships for university studies, academic excellence, complementary to the Ministry of Education, Erasmus scholarships, transport, non-abandonment and salary grants tied to income–, which represents 12.4 percent more funds than the previous year, in which 20.9 million euros were allocated.

With this aid program, the Consell has the objective “that no student is left without access to Valencian public universities for economic reasons”, they conclude.