State has invested millions in projects that “serve no purpose”

Jornal de Notícias reports that the Portuguese State has spent millions of euros – much of it with EU funding – on building projects “that serve no purpose”.

Citing the building of a cemetery “that has never been used”, a semi-Olympic pool that remains closed and a viaduct that has never had any kind of access, the paper quotes university researcher Ricardo Bento, who describes a lack of “territorial rationality”.

Explains Bento: “Financing and the distribution of funds always followed the principle of equal distribution. Every (council) received money for building, for example, a pool or a sports pavilion. Many took advantage of the opportunity, but ended up not putting it to the correct use”.