EU exempts Canary Islands from kerosene tax for flights with Peninsular by 2030

Canary Islands be exempted from the kerosene tax imposed by EU by 2030. Ángel Víctor Torres, President of the Canary Government, on Tuesday, at the European Commission’s extension for another seven years – the exemption expires in 2023 – this is the exception For air traffic between the Peninsula and the Canary Islands On the first day of the Conference of Presidents of the Outermost Regions (OR) held in Martinique. While Torres saw this success as progress, he added that while the Canary Islands demanded more exemptions to avoid hurting the tourism sector and avoid further escalation of air and sea freight costs, it was “not enough”.

The Regional Executive Director asks: exemption is longer and applies from any country whose destination is the Canary Islandsis an important issue in favor of the tourism industry. It also claims that this bonus benefits air and sea traffic between the islands and is about covering goods as well as passenger traffic, not just the Peninsula.

This Tuesday inauguration took place before the working session on the RUP Strategy between the heads of the nine ORs, representatives of three States (Spain, France and Portugal) and with the participation of Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferrera; Torres will meet today with Spanish Government EU Secretary María Dolores Lledó Laredo and Portuguese Government Minister of State for European Affairs Tiago Antunes.

approved by the Commission, exemption for air links between remote areas and the mainland of the States concerned. “This is an important step, but we believe it is insufficient, and therefore we demand that it be applied to other countries of the European Union, to air links between islands, as well as to maritime transport,” Torres said.

Torres insisted on his commitment to continue on the path to achieving zero emissions that “we have already started in the Canary Islands with the 2030 Agenda”. In this sense, Agenda sets the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 56% by 2030 compared to 2010. Torres reminded that renewable energy production has increased significantly in these years, in such a way that “The Canary Islands have come recently. “Three years has managed to produce more megawatts of green energy than the eight years before this legislature,” he said.

In the discussion over the new document on the Strategy for the Canary ORs, he also warned that “there are aspects we need to stress more and I refer to everything related to decarbonisation.” The government has already stated that the issue is not just about the tax on kerosene and other fossil fuels, but also about the rest of the EU’s green plan. Directly impacts the Canary Islands’ connectivity and the future of their economic sectors is of key importance, such as tourism, but also the traffic of goods on which the Islands’ supply depends.

The head of the Canary Executive Board said, “To be more sustainable, in line with the EU’s mandate, taxation of regions that depend on vehicles such as aircraft and ships, as this will seriously affect the EU’s arrival. Tourists to the operating theaters, 35% of GDP in the case of the Canary Islands. A sector that represents the The President demanded the implementation of Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU for Operational Officers “in all its dimensions” and was convinced that the EU would show sensitivity when it comes to approved policies. For 27 distant regions, their singularity must be taken into account.

Strict commitment to decarbonisation

Yesterday, the heads of the outermost regions (ORs) endorsed a commitment to lead the decarbonisation process and recycle energy systems with the use of clean energy; this is also encouraged by the European Commission’s new strategy paper with operating theatres. Torres noted the Canary Islands’ commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, the implementation of the Canary Agenda for Sustainable Development measures, and a firm commitment to renewable energies. The President of the Canary Islands, in his speech before the presidents of the remote regions, also described the situation regarding the migration phenomenon in the Canary Islands and other external border ORs in recent years and asked the EU not to do this. not only to take into account the singularity of these regions in terms of migration movements, but also to address the management of this phenomenon as they are on the European border and at the expense of waves of migration from neighboring continents. | RAD

Source: Informacion

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