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The Government allocates 40 million to grant programmes for the industrial network

2024 March 26
  • 20 million will go to industrial decarbonisation with another 20 million to boost the economic development of the most disadvantaged regions and improve the competitiveness of businesses.
  • The Emantzipa grant programme promoting youth emancipation has received 4,371 applications in the first month.

The Basque Government spokesperson and Minister for Culture and Language Policy, Bingen Zupiria, appeared at the usual press conference after the Governing Council together with the Secretary General for Social Transition and Agenda 2030, Jonan Fernández.


Under the auspices of the Department of Economic Development and Environment, the Government has given the green light to several grant programmes today. One of these is the Industrial Decarbonisation programme with an allocation of 20 million euros. The aim of this programme is to support industrial companies to undertake investments in new or existing production facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, both from energy consumption and production processes. The European Union's Green Pact set a target in 2019 to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55%. "This is also the commitment made in the Basque Government's Energy Transition and Climate Change Plan and the Energy Transition and Climate Change Act endorsed by the Basque Parliament this year; but achieving this objective of climate neutrality is going to require significant efforts in the different economic spheres of the Basque Country, especially in the industrial network, which is going to have to make investments to decarbonise its industrial production facilities, which is why the Government has made this 20 million available to support companies in this task", said Zupiria.

In today´s meeting, the Governing Council has approved the expenditure of €20,000,000 that will go towards funding the  INDARTU 2024 PROGRAMME. The objective of the non-refundable subsidy programme is to fund companies that carry out productive investment leading to improved competitive and economic development, in order to promote the Extended Left Bank Area (Zona Margen Izquierda Ampliada) and other municipalities with an unemployment rate above 5 % of the annual average for our community. This is  in accordance with the following criteria: 1) to encourage productive investment by both new and existing firms in the targeted regions; 2) to adopt affirmative actions targeted towards areas with the most severe levels of unemployment; 3) to emphasise the need for the adequately financed investments and 4) to set a grant allowance of 3 million euros per firm.

OVER 4,000 YOUNG PEOPLE APPLY FOR THE EMANTZIPA PROGRAMME IN THE FIRST MONTH                                                       

Jonan Fernández presented the key facts on the applications registered in the first month of the Emantzipa aid programme promoting youth emancipation. Since the application period opened on 20 February, 4,371 young people between the age of 25 and 29 have applied for the new Emantzipa Programme. This loan consists of a monthly payment of 300 euros, for a maximum of 24 months, as long as a rent, mortgage or personal loan for a free dwelling is accredited. Among the applications submitted so far, 52.2% of the applicants are from Bizkaia, 33.7% from Gipuzkoa and 14.1% from Araba. "The response has been very positive; it corresponds to the existing forecasts and there have been no notable negative incidents," said Fernández. The application deadline is still open and young people that are interested in this intiative can easily submit their application via www.euskadi.eus/emantzipa.


As is customary, Bingen Zupiria, the spokesperson, reported on other issues that were discussed and approved by the Governing Council. In the first instance, Zupiria emphasised that the Governing Council has approved the first payment of subsidies to political parties or coalitions in 2024 with representation in the Basque Parliament to finance their ordinary operating costs. The sum for this period (January-April) is equal to 1,388,000. The total figure for 2024 comes to 4,536,000 euros. However, since the regional elections are being held this year, the remainder will be paid at the end of the year, taking into account the results of the elections and the resulting proportional distribution.

The Government has also approved in today's Council the Public Employment Offer for 2024 aimed at filling 177 vacancies for local entities in the sub-scales of: intervention-treasury, secretariat and secretariat-intervention. These posts correspond mostly to vacant positions in town councils and local bodies in Bizkaia, followed by Gipuzkoa and Araba, and different methods are foreseen for accessing the calls for applications: open competition or internal promotion. Once the calls for applications have been approved and the terms and conditions have been published, those who aspire to one of these positions will be able to complete the necessary procedures to register for the Public Employment Offer (OPE). Each local authority affected by this call will have to determine the appropriate linguistic profile for the staff required, so that the linguistic rights of citizens can be guaranteed.

The 2024 Statistical Programme has also been approved, which includes all the statistical operations and activities of this nature that will be deployed through Eustat and the statistical bodies of the Basque Government Departments. To be precise, 232 statistical operations are to be carried out next year, this is 22 more than in the last programme and at a cost of almost €25 million. "The Government understands that official statistics are essential in order to know the socio-economic reality of society and to obtain high-quality data and considers that the obtained results are fundamental for correct decision making, both in the public and private sectors," explained Zupiria.

The Department of Health, has informed the Governing Council of the agreements it has established with seven vocational training centres in the Basque Country to enable its students to carry out work experience in the Public Health Laboratory of the department.  Thanks to the agreements reached, students at these centres will be able to take the mandatory training module in a public health laboratory, in areas directly related to their area of study. Specifically, the collaboration agreement covers the following teaching centres:

  • Egibide Vitoria-Gasteiz Vocational Training Centre in Araba province
  • Red Cross Learning Centre, Elorrieta-Errekamari Vocational Training Centre and Zabalburu Ikastetxea Centre in Bilbao, and Tartanga de Erandio Vocational Training Centre in Bizkaia province
  • Easo Politeknikoa Study Centre in Donostia and CESA Health Studies Centre in Urnieta in Gipuzkoa province

Finally, the government has also approved the call for grants for this year to increase the use of Basque language in the media that mainly use Spanish language (daily press and radio stations) and in news agencies that also broadcast news in Basque on the Internet. The Department of Culture and Language Policy will allocate a total of one million euros to promote the Basque language along three lines: increasing the presence of Basque in the daily press and newspapers; subsidising news agencies that also broadcast news in Basque on the Internet; and promoting Basque on radio stations that do not broadcast entirely in Basque.

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    Comentario de Twitter:
    ¿Impulsar el desarrollo económico de las zonas más desfavorecidas? Altzola-Elgoibar es zona degradada desde 1999. Y el GV, en lugar de solucionarlo, espanta inversiones, como un hotel, que no se construirá si se elimina el servicio público de ferrocarril.

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    ¿Impulsar el desarrollo económico de las zonas más desfavorecidas? Esto es una broma de muy mal gusto.

    Altzola-Elgoibar es zona degradada desde 1999. El GV lo declaró así dos años despues de "casi" eliminar el servicio público de ferrocarril. Dejando solamente 8 de las 32 paradas de tren que había.

    Años despues, en 2012, el GV aprueba un proyecto en el cual se recuperaban todas las paradas, y se solucionaba el acceso a la estación. A dia de hoy tenemos que superar la barrera de 47 escalones para acceder a ella.

    Hoy el GV, en lugar de poner en marcha ese proyecto, decide expulsarnos definitivamente del servicio público de ferrocarril.

    Esa decisión va absolutamente en contra de la agenda 2030. Especialmente en contra del ODS 11: ampliar los servicios públicos de transporte y mejorar su accesibilidad y seguridad.

    ¿Consecuencias de eliminar una estación de tren en un área degradada? Que se desincentiva la inversión.

    Un ejemplo claro lo tenemos sobre la mesa, y aquí mismo. El año pasado se iba a poner en marcha un hotel en Altzola-Elgoibar. Como el GV quiere eliminar la estación, los propietarios paralizado la inversión hasta que no se solucione el asunto del tren. No quieren tener clientes que dependan de su vehículo privado.

    Adiós al hotel. Adiós a la inversión. Adiós a la regeneración del barrio.

    Si esta es la mejor manera que tiene el GV de ayudar a la inversión y a la regeneración de áreas degradadas, no queremos ni pensar cuál será la peor...

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