The Guadiana River will be completely navigable in 2013, according to an announcement by the President of the Commission for Co-ordination and Regional Development of the Algarve (CCDR).
The decision by the CCDR has been welcomed by the Vila Real de Santo António Municipality.
The announcement was made by the President of CCDR, David Santos, during the signing ceremony for Eurocidade, which celebrates the union of Ayamonte and Vila Real de Santo António.
The Eurocidade is a project that aims to bring economic, social, cultural and environmental co-operation between the two cities.
The President of Vila Real de Santo António, Luís Gomes, believes that this announcement augurs well for all the Lower Guadiana entrepreneurs and the Guadiana River is an important resource for the Algarve’s economy.
He said: “Few countries share a river with the characteristics of the Guadiana and, as such, we cannot abandon this vital asset, with great economic potential for both regions.”
The Guadiana project will be funded by the Cross-border Cooperation Programme between Spain and Portugal (Programa de Cooperação Transfronteiriça Espanha-Portugal).