Today, the Equality, Social Rights and Employment Department of Council of Madrid and the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation signed a partnership agreement aimed at establishing a general framework for undertaking joint actions to combat family energy poverty, to encourage training and renovation of the homes of people in vulnerable situations. The First Deputy Mayor of the Council of Madrid and the Councillor of the Equality, Social Rights and Employment Department, Marta Higueres, and the Director of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation, Martí Solà, signed the agreement at the EMVS (Municipal Housing and Land Company of Madrid) headquarters today.
The agreement will optimise the infrastructure and the material and human resources that the Council of Madrid and the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation require to carry out specific actions and, in particular, training and job placements for people with difficulties accessing the job market. The most notable actions are related to energy efficiency and renovation of properties belonging to the vulnerable population.
According to Marta Higueres, First Deputy Mayor of the Council of Madrid and the Councillor of the Equality, Social Rights and Employment Department, “this agreement forms part of the Council of Madrid’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan for Human Rights, which aims to provide people with fewer economic resources the right to energy access (electricity, gas and other energy sources), in addition to other strategic objectives, and both organisations are committed to this.”
After signing the agreement, the Director of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation reiterated the importance of “working together with the government to find long-term solutions. Through this agreement, the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation maintains its commitment to improving the conditions of groups in vulnerable situations, both with regards to energy access and the maintenance and renovation of properties.” Martí Solà also stated the priority of providing information and raising social awareness about respecting and conserving the environment, as well as making economic progress compatible with the rational use of energy resources.
Partnership with the Employment Agency
Both organisations, by working together with the Employment Agency, will carry out a training programme focused on renovating EMVS properties to facilitate employment opportunities for unemployed people in the construction industry, especially those with most difficulties accessing the job market. These groups of professionals will then renovate the properties of families in vulnerable situations.
Both parties consider it a priority to collaborate in making social progress and economic development compatible, with a particular focus on promoting and searching for opportunities for the groups considered economically vulnerable. That is why they have signed this partnership agreement, which involves creating a monitoring committee composed of two people from the Equality, Social Rights and Employment Department and two others from the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation who will ensure the Agreement is adhered to.