Once the funds are received, the General Directorate of Regional Transport will publish a call for free participation so that interested companies and freelancers request aid from the Canary Islands Government
Canary Islands will receive a first amount of
5,044,282 euros of European funds to put into practice the digitization of companies dedicated to providing passenger and merchandise transport services on the islands, the Regional Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Housing has reported.
In a statement, the Ministry has indicated that the head of the department, Sebastián Franquis, has closed this Wednesday with the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda the transfer of this first endowment.
These funds, which are included in the EU's Next Generation Recovery and Resilience mechanism, will be used to support
to small and medium enterprisesas well as the self-employed, from the freight and passenger transport sector.
During the National Transport Conference held between the Ministry and the autonomous communities, it was agreed to distribute these funds with which to promote digitization in those companies that, due to their size or habitual activity, do not have sufficient means to make the leap
in their modernization.
Once the funds are received, the General Directorate of Regional Transport will publish a call for free participation so that interested companies and freelancers
request aid from the Government of the Canary Islands.
Depending on the type of action, the number of employees and the number of vehicles, SMEs and the self-employed may opt for aid ranging from
600 and 12,000 euros.
These grants will be used so that SMEs and the self-employed can digitize, among other services, the management of electronic control documents, the implementation of smart tachographs,
the implementation of SAE systems (Operation Assistance System) or the implementation of applications for claims by electronic means.
This digitization aid program is scheduled to last until June 2024, so there will be new contributions of European funds for SMEs and the self-employed in the archipelago.
On the other hand, the National Conference also explained the scope of the aid measures approved in Royal Decree Law 11/2022 to deal with the
economic consequences of the Ukrainian war.
The Ministry proposes a 30% reduction in transport passes for regular road passenger transport operators, for which a global item is established
for all of Spain of 200 million which will be distributed among the managing entities of these services.
In the case of the Canary Islands, it is the local and supra-municipal entities (councils, town councils and associations) that manage
public passenger transport by road in the archipelago, without the Ministry having yet set the criteria for the distribution of funds.