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Basque Country receives 80 million euros of Next Generation funds for Tourism Sustainability Plans

2023 October 31

With the Governing Council’s approval for the subsidies to entities that are part of the third and last plan, 19.5 million euros have been added to those of the two previous plans that are already running.

The Minister of Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs, Javier Hurtado, appeared today after the Governing Council meeting to explain, on the one hand, the approval of the third and last Territorial Plan for Tourism Sustainability Destined for the Basque Country. And on the other, the awarding of a direct subsidy to Eusko Ikaskuntza-Sociedad de Estudios Vascos for the study of the situation of local commerce in small towns in the Basque Country.

The third Territorial Plan for Tourism Sustainability Destined for the Basque Country is financed with Next Generation Funds and is endowed with 19.5 million euros for the Basque tourism sector. This third plan closes the calls for Tourism Sustainability Plans, which are part of the Government of Spain's Tourism Sustainability Strategy, financed with Next Generation recovery funds.

The Basque Country has received a total of 80 million euros in these 3 calls for sustainability plans and national plans. There are 34 projects from the 3 territories and of very different origins. There are projects in coastal, rural and urban areas, in the 3 capitals and in municipalities of very different sizes. There are also projects resulting from alliances between territories or between the municipalities themselves. And, in addition, with very diverse themes such as industrial tourism, cultural tourism, ecotourism and nature, food and wine tourism, greenways, tourism intelligence, and others “that guarantee the variety of resources, territorial balance and sustainability”.

“These are projects that are already under way in the municipalities and districts in many cases, and in the process of being put out to tender in others. In other words, funds that have arrived in the Basque Country and are in the hands of the companies that are going to develop the projects. And this is the result of the continuous, serious and rigorous collaboration of the Department of Tourism, Trade and Consumer Affairs with the Government of Spain and with Basque institutions and entities,” explained the Minister.

In addition, the direct grant to Eusko Ikaskuntza-Sociedad de Estudios Vascos for the study of the situation of local commerce in small towns in the Basque Country was also approved today. “This is an issue that concerns us and is an important focus in the Merkataritza 2030 Strategic Plan, which seeks to address the diagnosis and analysis of the situation of our trade in small municipalities, in order to design policies that help to improve it."

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