Author: Delera

A family company, PISIOSSE, from Ejea de los Caballeros, dedicated to the hotel business in rehabilitated historic buildings, has acquired the monastery in Huesca as a result of the bankruptcy of Fundación PROGEA On 10 November this monastery was auctioned by order of Saragossa’s Commercial Court number 2, and the company PISIOSSE S.C. was awarded the contract. The complex, with a built-up area of around 10,000 m2 on a plot of 29,000 m2, was declared a national Historic-Artistic Monument by Royal Decree of 16 November 1979 by the Ministry of Culture, and on 16 February 2004 it was declared an Site of Cultural Interest. It is therefore subject to the Aragonese legislation for the protection of the Historical Heritage. The monastery was founded in the 11th century and its current configuration is the product of different construction stages from the 12th to the 17th centuries. Its general state of conservation is quite acceptable, especially thanks to the intervention on the roofs carried out in recent years by the PROGEA Foundation, although, after the crisis that began in 2008 and the bankruptcy of the PROGEA Group, the recovery and conservation work had been interrupted and is still necessary. PISSIOSE has been in permanent communication with the Casbas Town Council from the very first moment it showed its interest in this monument, and explained its plans for the monument to the mayoress, who welcomed them. Thus, among the objectives of PISSIOSE is to open a two or three star hotel with 25 or 30 rooms - adapted to the structure and interior distribution of the historic building, without major alterations, given the magnificent conservation of its interior spaces up to the 17th century -, the creation of a library and a centre for the digitalisation of collections specialising in medieval history, consisting of the library collections of several distinguished professors and lecturers of the University of Zaragoza, classrooms, meeting rooms and multifunctional spaces for cultural, social and business activities, etc.., a coworking space and incubator for rural entrepreneurship projects, a tourist information centre and a local souvenir and craft shop. A possible small residential or care use for the elderly according to innovative management and treatment models adapted to the reality of sparsely populated rural areas is also envisaged. All these actions will be carried out under the following principles: Preservation and restitution, as far as possible, of the original appearance of the complex in accordance with the different periods of its construction. Programming of these actions in the short, medium and long term but maintaining their continuity, without undue interruptions. Valorisaton and restitution of the premises and implementation of the proposed activities associated with them as and when they are ready for immediate use, without postponing - if possible - their initiation until the rehabilitation works plan has been completed. Economic sustainability and reinvestment of part of the profits in the monastery itself and its public activities. Profit-making uses will be administered by a trading company whose profits will contribute both to the recovery and conservation of the monastic complex and to the non-profit activities that will be entrusted to a foundation specifically set up for this purpose. Environmental sustainability: all the actions to be carried out will seek, as far as technically possible in the case of a medieval complex, to improve energy efficiency, the rational use of water and natural resources, to contribute to the energy transition and to the fight against climate change. DELERA, a consultancy firm specialised in supporting innovative and repopulating rural development projects, has advised and assisted its client PISIOSSE throughout this process and congratulates itself for contributing to the recovery and valorisation of this cultural, social and business project in favour of the Aragonese heritage and the development of the municipality of Casbas de Huesca and the entire region of Hoya de Huesca - Plana de Uesca....

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to small municipalities with energy projects. Hurry up, they will be awarded quickly!   The IDAE (Institute for Energy Diversification and Conservation) is calling for applications for grants under the DUS 5000 programme, which is part of the plan to support single clean energy projects in small municipalities or those at risk of depopulation. Funding will be provided directly (on a first-come, first-served basis, not competitively) for five types of actions:     ACTION 1: Reduction of energy demand and consumption in public buildings and infrastructure. ACTION 2: Renewable electricity generation installations for self-consumption. ACTION 3: Renewable heat production facilities and heat and/or cooling networks. ACTION 4: Light pollution control, efficient and intelligent lighting, Smart Rural and ICT. ACTION 5: Sustainable mobility.   The minimum investment to be made is €40,000 and the maximum is €3,000,000.   Applications can be submitted between 5 November 2021 and 5 November 2022 or earlier, if the allocated budget is spent before. Delera has the necessary administrative and technical management team to support small municipalities that wish to apply for these grants. For more information or help: delera@delera.eu / 679 10 18 74 (Miguel Martínez Tomey)...

The podcast Quiero ser Rural interviews Delera's CEO. Miguel Martinez Tomey talks about the strategies and approaches that the rural environment needs to take advantage of the immense opportunities that countryside life offers for people and businesses. Will the Covid-19 crisis be the turning point for a new generation of rural repopulation? (Click on the image to listen to the podcast -in Spanish-) ...

Today the Official Gazette of Aragon publishes the call for proposals to the Aragon Territorial Cohesion Fund, which will provide 100% funding for development projects promoted by families, companies and non-profit organisations in the 636 most depopulated municipalities of Aragon. For businesses there is a funding line for current expenditure with up to €5,000 of aid per application for the creation of social economy companies and to encourage the hiring of young people who have finished their university or vocational training studies. Another four lines dedicated to investment, with up to €20,000 of aid, are aimed at sectors capable of creating new economic opportunities based on endogenous resources with the aim of settling population. Aid is also provided for social and complementary services at home, the processing and marketing of agro-ecological products and artisan foods, to strengthen local forestry with the processing and diversification of forest products and, finally, to promote the creation of mobile services that do not jeopardize existing local services. For non-profit organisations and families, the current expenditure of training plans specially designed to promote female self-employment and business productivity is financed. Another line is to provide support to the creation and promotion of activities by local cultural and sports associations, developing quality events that increase people's self-esteem and support the professional cultural sector. Both lines can grant up to a maximum of €10,000 per applicant. There are two other lines: one to help social entities to reinforce adapted social transport, with a maximum of €20,000 of aid, and another specific line for individuals, which allows investments of up to €10,000 in single-family homes in villages to adapt them to the elderly and dependent people’s main residences. Deadline: July 16th, 2020. If you need more information or assistance: delera@delera.eu / +34 679 10 18 74 (Miguel Martínez Tomey)...

El Director Ejecutivo de Delera, Miguel Martínez Tomey, en su calidad de Presidente del Rolde de Estudios Aragoneses y miembro del Centro de Estudios sobre Despoblación y Desarrollo de Áreas Rurales, compareció el 15 de junio en la Comisión para la Reconstrucción Social y Económica tras la Covid-19 (grupo de trabajo sobre la Unión Europea) del Congreso de los Diputados. Puede acceder al video de la sesión pinchando  aquí, y al texto de su intervención pinchando aquí....

La Fase 2 permite abrir al público todos los comercios y servicios profesionales así que ¿por qué no aprovecharla? Lo único que comerciantes y clientes hemos de hacer es aplicar las precauciones y medidas que explicamos en este artículo.

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