The Extrego municipalities of Villanueva de la Serena and Don Benito give one step more for his purpose of merging. The Council of Ministers has authorized the popular consultation on its merger. It will be the third time that in Spain a process of these characteristics is given since the regulatory law of the bases of the local regime was approved. On both previous occasions, citizens endorsed the merger. It was in 2013 with the municipalities of Cesuras and Oza Two rivers constituting Oza-Casuras, and the merger in 2016 of Sardedo and Cotobade constituting Sardedo-Cotobade.
The Government supports the purpose of these municipalities because it considers that it is a process that will allow a "more efficient management of funds and public resources". "Two municipalities that have wanted to add forces, maximum collaboration and put into value as positive for good neighborhood," Isabel Rodríguez, Minister of Territorial Policy and Executive Spokesman.
The result of the eventual process of merger would imply the creation of a new local entity that would be the second most populated in the province of Badajoz - with more than 60,000 inhabitants and an extension of 713 square kilometers - and would constitute an economic development pole with special incidence In the agri-food sector, in addition to facilitating a more efficient management of public services and resources through the application of economies of scale. A fusion of much more magnitude and entity than those of the Galician municipalities, of much less entity.
In the event that the vote of 66% of the participants in the consultation in both municipalities, local corporations will exercise the initiative of the merger process, whose final decision corresponds to the Autonomous Community of Extremadura.Updated Date: 08 November 2021, 13:05