County Council of Granada

SpainThe Basic information about the region

Country: Spain
Regional capital: Granada (272 000 inhab.)
Population: 924 thous. people

Area: 12 635 km²
Characteristics of region: The Province of Granada is located in the South East of Andalusia Region. Its territory is very mountainous and the Sierra Nevada has the most southern ski resort of Europe and the highest peak of Iberian Peninsula – Mulhacén – 3 479 m. But it also has a coast in the Mediterranean Sea with a subtropical climate.

The region is characteristics by great territorial imbalances, geographical diversity, rural character, progressive ageing of population, high importance of tertiary sector and predominance of microenterprises.

Objectives and activities of the partner

The Diputación de Granada (County Council of Granada) is an actor of Public Administration that represents and renders services to 168 municipalities: coordinating municipal services; rendering legal, economic and technical assistance to town councils; rendering public services with regional or supramunicipal nature.

The County Council closely works in cooperation with municipalities and their associations, social agents, NGO’s and enterprises through several kinds of networks and projects. This institution has staff with more than 1 700 workers. The Department of the Diputación de Granada that participates in project CesR is the Delegation of Employment and Provincial Development, devoted to promote local development, of the province through uropean projects, training and employment activities, support to enterprises, a territorial observatory of unemployment and a programme of territorial social responsibility.

Rural areas and tourism
The rural tourism sector has big importance for the economy of Granada. The number of rural accommodations has increased greatly in recent decades. But this sector has still several problems linked to their quality and viability, to be solved: inefficient in management, dispersion of regulations, very small size of accommodations, poor diffusion and strong seasonal nature.

“CesR” project will provide the Diputación de Granada with references of experiences to face up to this challenge. Its close relationship with municipalities will allow the transfer of project results to the whole territory of the Province.
This organisation implement several activities to promote rural tourism as one importantresource for the development of the territory: Assistance to entrepreneurs and business; Promotion of public-private cooperation in the tourism sector; Handbook of management of rural accommodations; technical assistance to town councils in fitting out of municipal owned-buildings; training activities linked to the sector. The Granada’s Provincial Tourist Board is also part of its organisational structure.

Finally, this provincial Government has implemented several European projects linked to this sector, mainly in the framework of INTERREG and other programmes funded by the ERFD.