Target: Not a Single Empty Public Building Left

19/02/2013 – Cinco Dias

While the President starts off the plan to entirely streamline the real estate and the supply contracts, simultanously he is carrying out an inventory of all the real estate property with straight view to one aim: not a one unused or vacant building left. The target is going to be achieved through a website gathering precise data (…).

The aim is to detect the underused buildings that could host ministerial departments or other public sector bodies which are currently placed in rented properties.

Thus, the Government could cut in the rental expenses by 20%. During the whole year 2012, the strategy brough savings of €46.2 million. (…). This way, the dispersed all over the city staff would be re-located and re-grouped. (…).

In order to achieve that, each department will have to revise their real property balance sheet and suggest the most optimal solution for them.

Due to the internal movements, €124.5 million have been collected from property sales and 105.600 square meters freed in order to sell them.

It is predicted that by 2015, around 15.000 properties will have been put on sale, out of which 1.608 have been already acquired and many purchases are under process. Majority of them corresponds to the Directorate General of Patrimony and to the Defence Housing Institute. Their classification includes rural land (4.800 units) and houses (6.900).


Original article: Cinco Días (Raquel Díaz Guijarro)

Translation: AURA REE