“The idea is to continue this network of telework spaces in the interior and, we have already foreseen, as soon as the next community framework starts, just for a first phase, an amount of €20 million to make some investments that these spaces”, said Ana Abrunhosa, the minister of Territorial Cohesion.

The minister was speaking to journalists in the Mountain Village of Videmonte, in the municipality of Guarda, where she participated in the inauguration of a 'coworking' space, promoted by ADIRAM – Association for the Integrated Development of the Network of Mountain Villages.

According to Ana Abrunhosa, in the next community framework, the Government will continue “to give priority” to the creation of telework spaces, especially in the villages in the interior and border territories, which “today do not have the characteristic” of only “farmers living there”, but is instead an area where “computer engineers, writers and designers live and work, who coexist with the farmers”.

“Today, in many of these villages we have not only tourism, but also people who are not of Portuguese origin, today they already feel like people from Serra da Estrela and people from these Mountain Villages,” she said.

The president of ADIRAM, José Francisco Rolo, recalled that the network covers 41 villages in the Serra da Estrela and Serra da Gardunha and unites nine municipalities.