Island jurisdiction, comply with the REF and the Statute

Island jurisdiction, comply with the REF and the Statute

The last four years have been marked by the development of the new Statute of Autonomy and the Economic and Fiscal Regime (REF) of Cnarias -both laws approved in autumn 2018-, but also by the disagreements with the state on account of its compliance.

Conflicts such as the one created by the reduction of the tax differential in incentives for audiovisual productions, which led to the presentation by the Canarian Parliament of two unconstitutionality appealsor the problems linked to the transfer of the powers in coastslead political formations to include in their programs measures that contribute to guaranteeing respect for the Canarian law and its full compliance, together with the continuity of its development.


The Socialists highlight the strategic importance that the range of powers of the Statute of Autonomy and the specificities of the REF have for the Canary Islands. To keep the course toward greater self-government, they propose establishing at the beginning of the legislature a ambitious planning of the skills still pending to be developed, with objectives and deadlines concrete.

They undertake to defend at all costs the Economic and Fiscal Regime and promote a workgroup specialized to address with the Government of Spain the conflicts that arise around its application or modification. They will promote from the Canary Islands a process of evaluation and review of the different figures of the regime, especially the prosecutors, to assess its possible update and improvement.

They defend that the regional financing system continues to completely leave out of its calculations the resources that the Canary Islands receive as a result of the REF. Similarly, they maintain that in the new financing system that is under study, the calculation of the adjusted population must contain some relevant parameter in the system that is associated with the insularityand that the condition of the outermost region or remote insularity of the Canary Islands be weighted singularly.

They guarantee that they will remain vigilant so that the financial items derived from the REF are properly included in the State budgetssuch as those for the transport of people or goods, contributions to lower the cost of water, employment agreements or items to fight poverty.

The incentive to the cinema opened a conflict with the State.

Arcadio Suarez


The PP points out that the development of the Canary Islands is inescapably linked to the REF and to take advantage of its full potential they consider the scrupulous compliance of all its terms. They see it as necessary to maintain full access to regional financing funds independently of obtaining the REF's own resources, which do not justify lower State spending in the Canary Islands, and they undertake to defend the application of the canary differential in each of the national laws that are approved regarding deductions for investments, so as to guarantee equality between the Canary Islands and the rest of the national territory.

In this line, they will maintain a strong defense of the full application of the REF in sectors as relevant as the audiovisualresponsible for attracting large investments to the islands and for the creation of an important local industry.

They consider that instruments such as the Investment Reserve (RIC), the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC), as well as the rest of the deductions for investments in the Canary Islands, lose much of their efficiency if they do not have guarantees of legal security.

To avoid uncertainty, they are committed to guaranteeing a standardized legal interpretation of the norms and the guarantee of their validity, for which they propose to work together in favor of an interpretative consensus. They maintain that the changes that have occurred in the application of the regulations represent a reputational risk which may generate a rejection of the instrument due to legal uncertainty and affect the whole of the Canary Islands economy in the future.

They bet on a solid REF in terms of the iron defense of its basic principles and its persistence, but flexible in its adaptability to the changing economic reality.


CC considers that the REF, as a fundamental framework to raise the levels of competitiveness in the Canary Islands, must be a living and flexible instrument. The nationalists undertake to monitor the adoption of measures by the European Union and the State that imply a imposition of restrictionsSo increased taxation on air traffic, which must be modulated in the case of the Canary Islands.

Regarding the rights of the REF linked to the primary sector, they will monitor that the General State Budgets collect a sufficient amount to guarantee 100% of the state contribution of the measures to promote the agricultural productionss (additional POSEI), the compensation of 100% of the maritime and air freight transportas well as the compensation system for the price of desalinated water and for agricultural use.

Safeguard the REF and the rest of the specific measures that the Canary Islands have for their OR condition and guaranteeing that the State always takes into account the differential fact of the Canary Islands when developing regulations is a basic line of action for CC. They will require the State to ensure that the 75% discount of air tickets contributes to making them cheaper and benefits the citizenry, and does not go on to swell the income statement of the airline companies.

Regarding the potentialities of the Statute of Autonomy, the nationalist formation is committed to the development of the effective survey of the seadefined as part of the territory, through the exercise of powers that can be provided in the marine space, the transfer of powers in the port and airport management of general interest, and proposes to review the transfer in terms of costs to guarantee the integrity of the management of the entire Canary coast.

Since 2018 the subsidy for the transportation of residents is 75%.

Jose Luis Carrasco


The canarian formation carries in its program the commitment to continue developing the contents of the Statute and promote the transfer of powers still pending. They also attach great importance to participation in state delegations to the European Union when their status as the Outermost Region (RUP) is affected.

They defend that in the new regional financing model they demand that the calculation of the adjusted population weigh more insularity and include the poverty rate due to its influence on the cost of public services.

They recall that the fiscal resources of the REF cannot be linked to the regional financing system and demand the co-management of airports, as already happens in the case of ports. They reject the attempt to privatize the control towers and defend the involvement of the State in the development of the Canarian railway network, financing together with the EU and institutions of the islands the implementation of the trains of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

The controversy over the modification by the Government of Spain of the Canary Islands incentive for audiovisual productionshas highlighted for NC the need for a clearer obligation of the State not to modify the REF without the approval of the Canary Islands. In relation to the fiscal REF, they see it as necessary to reflect on its role in times of economic crisis and to study the way in which it can also become a social and economic shield.

They are committed to establishing an agreement with the State so that the management, monitoring and evaluation of the tax incentives of the REF can be carried out by the Canarian Tax Agency and for reorienting the RIC towards activities related to sustainability, raising the bonus in this area.


They defend not only the importance of disassociating the REF from the regional financing system and that it cease to depend on the will of the successive governments of Spain, but also the need to reorientation of the historical jurisdiction from the Canary Islands to prevent it from denaturing.

In this sense, they are committed to a REF that serves to create quality employment and reverse the poverty and social exclusion datapromote the energy and food sovereignty of the archipelago, diversify the productive model and convert mobility between islands and with the rest of the State into a right.

They also advocate a REF that helps to balance access to finite natural resources of the Canary Islands, to decarbonize the energy model and make the archipelago a atlantic platform for peacehuman development and good neighborly relations between the African, American and European continents.

They demand a socially advanced modification of the REF that ends the privileges of the Canary Islands Investment Reserve (RIC), proposing in the same way the review of the current Special Supply Regime (REA) and the Program of Specific Options for the Canary Islands (POSEICAN).

They undertake to implement all the legal mechanisms at their disposal so that the inter-island waters be Canarian waters, so that the definition that the new Statute of Autonomy makes of Canarian waters does not remain a mere declaration without any effect.