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The Governing Council has approved 73 million euros for the development of the Emaitek Plus 2024 aid programme.

2024 June 4
  • The initiative has been developed by the Department for Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment to provide support to the non-economic activity of the multi-focalised technology centres and cooperative research centres CICs of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network.

At this morning’s meeting, the Governing Council approved the call for applications for the Emaitek Plus aid programme for the current financial year, with a budget of 73 million euros. The Basque Government's objective is to provide support for the non-economic activities of the multi-focalised technology centres and the cooperative research centres CICs of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network.

Applications may be submitted from the day following publication in the Official Gazette for the Basque Country (BOPV/EHAA) until 19 July 2024, exclusively through the online portal.

OTHER AGREEMENTS

In a similar vein, the Basque Government has agreed to provide financial support of 3 million euros to the Department for Culture and Linguistic Policy for 2024-2026. This funding will be used to finance public works for the conservation, safeguarding, dissemination and enhancement of the assets that make up the Basque Cultural Heritage. This amount has been calculated based on the 1% that the administrations of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country and its historical territories must earmark from their budgets for this purpose. Eligible actions must be carried out between January 2024 and November 2026. The deadline for submitting applications will be one month from the day following the date of publication of the call for applications in the BOPV/EHAA. A total of 22 projects were selected for funding in the previous call for proposals.

Furthermore, the committee has approved a grant of 150,000 euros to promote activities aimed at protecting and promoting vessels and actions that form part of the Basque Country's maritime cultural heritage. These activities will be selected based on their historical, ethnographic, archaeological or social value. Eligible projects must be started or commence during 2024 and be completed by 31 December at the latest.

Furthermore, the Basque Government approved 1.5 million euros to the capital increase of  Tenedora Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Bilbao, S.L. The resolution to increase the capital was adopted at the extraordinary meeting held on 29 February. As a result, the Basque Government will have a 63.8 million euro stake in the company, which represents 50% of the share capital. The remaining 50% is attributed to the Provincial Council of Bizkaia.

The board has also approved 200,000 euros to subsidise the organisation of high-level sporting competitions in the Basque Country. This will cover the expenses for the 2024 financial year for those competitions of an international scope and nature. The deadline for applying for grants is one month from the day following the publication of the call for applications in the BOPV/EHAA. The 2023 call for proposals resulted in the subsidisation of 27 high-level sporting events.

Upon request from the Department for Territorial Planning, Housing and Transport, the Governing Council approved the call for applications for the Eraikal programme, which is designed to promote construction and architectural quality, sustainability and innovation in the Basque Country’s residential building sector. The programme has a total budget of more than one million euros for this year. Organisations interested in submitting projects are invited to do so within two months of the publication of the order in the Official Gazette for the Basque Country (BOPV/EHAA). The actions to be subsidised must be completed before 30 June 2026.

The Basque Government has approved a contribution of 50,000 euros to support participation and leadership in humanitarian programmes in Niger and the Sahel region. This support will be provided by the eLankidetza-Basque Agency for Cooperation and Solidarity. The initiative aligns with eLankidetza's strategic priorities, particularly the commitment to participation, accountability and localisation set out in its Humanitarian Action Strategy.

Similarly, in Security, the Governing Council has approved the signing of a new collaboration agreement with the Basque Red Cross in the area of emergencies and civil protection. This involves updating the current agreement signed by both parties in 2019. The new document will facilitate more effective collaboration between the Autonomous Committee of the Red Cross in the Basque Country and the Basque Emergency Care System. To achieve this objective, the agreement provides for a nominal subsidy of more than 470,000 euros.

In contrast, the proposal for an agreement to grant a direct subsidy to Fomento San Sebastián of the Donostia-San Sebastián City Council was approved. This is for collaboration in the Ekindendak project for entrepreneurship and commercial revitalisation within the commercial sector’s innovation hub.

After considering the proposal by the Department for Education, the committee approved a total budget of over 4.4 million euros for the development of various aid programmes.

 

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