Spanish central government refuses to fund Americas Cup hopes in Malaga

The sailing team in action. / ON

The Malaga government delegate confirmed that the executive already has a commitment with the city so that it can host Expo 2027

Malaga’s central government delegate, Javier Salas, yesterday ended the ambitions of Malaga mayor, Francisco de la Torre, to obtain state funding to support the bid to host the Americas Cup.

The decision surprised the mayor, who had formally asked the central government to pay at least 20 of the 30 million euros it would cost to expand the pier attached to the Levante Quay (ADL) in the port of Malaga, which would serve as the basis for the competing teams.

“The government is working to improve the province’s infrastructure at the port, airport, rail system and road network, all of which are state dependent.

But the Government does not have the responsibility to finance the alleged aspirations of the Malaga City Hall to host the Americas Cup, since this is outside our area of ​​​​competence, ”said the delegate, who assured that the executive was focusing on the channeling of European funds to the province. and, through the state budget, “ensure the province has a just recovery, with funding for local businesses.”

Javier Salas said the government had a “clear and decisive compromise with [the city’s] Expo 2027”, on which the Council of Ministers has already given its agreement; and has assumed the responsibility of presenting this candidacy to the organizing body, located in Paris.

“There is a clear and serious compromise on the part of the Spanish government and we are working to [the Expo]”Salas said.

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