10/05/2018 ⇒ On 8th May, experts of FVMP had a meeting with representatives of Municipality of Dolores to revise the green fiscal policies to be implemented in their territory. In particular, they have discussed about the Constructions, Installations and Works Tax and the Road Tax. Regarding the first one, they are planning to give a bonus to those constructions/installations/works that use renewable energy sources like solar energy, and to those carried out in existing buildings that promote the energy efficiency and sustainability. In relation to Road Tax, the proposal is to give a bonus to hybrid and electric vehicles and to those vehicles with less Co2 emissions. In some days, the experts of FVMP will present these proposals to the political representatives of Dolores with the aim of being approved by the municipal government team.
On 19th February, we met with the councilor for the environment – Rocío Guijarro – and the councilor for finance – Mayte García -, from the municipality of L´Alfàs del Pi. We analyze in detail the fiscal policies proposed by the # LOCAL4GREEN project to promote renewable energy sources and the local authorities have reiterated their interest in continuing to study some of them, within the @interregmed program.
The modifications of the municipal taxes seem to be the most adequate, in particular the reductions of the tax on economic activities, the tax of immovable property and the tax on constructions, installations and works, for the taxpayers that use renewable energies.
As we have noted in other pilot municipalities, the limitations imposed by the legal framework make it more difficult to introduce reductions in municipal taxes, particularly in the rate of occupancy of lands for public use by tables, chairs, umbrellas and other decorative elements. and functional, as well as other analogous facilities for profit.
The experts of the @MUSOL Foundation will continue collaborating with L’Alfàs del Pi to adapt the proposed tax policies to the reality of the municipality and will elaborate proposals for legal reforms to improve the capacity of municipalities to promote renewable energies through other fees.
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The activities we like the most in the project LOCAL4GREEN is working side-by-side with the pilot municipalities. Over the past few days we have held three meetings with all our pilot municipalities in the Province of Alicante.
In Altea, we have deeply analysed all the local fiscal policies proposed by the project LOCAL4GREEN to promote the renewable energy sources and the local authorities have renewed their commitment to adopt some of them.
According to the feedback of the staff of the Altea municipality, we will focus on the municipal taxes, especially on the business activities tax, in order to include an allowance of the full tax rate in favour of those companies who use renewable energy sources. The Altea municipality has already adopted allowances of the property tax and the constructions, installations and works tax in favour of those taxpayers who use renewable energy sources.
Due to the legal constraints, it seems to be more difficult to introduce some reductions in the municipal fees, such as the fee for the occupancy of public land using tables, seats, parasols and other decorative or functional elements, as well as similar installations, for lucrative purposes. The experts of the MUSOL foundation will elaborate political recommendations to improve the legal framework that regulates the local fiscal policies in order to facilitate municipal action in the area of renewable energy.
The 10 partners of the project LOCAL4GREEN will meet in Rome (Italy) on 13-14 February 2018. The coordination and administration activities will be presented by the Lead Partner, FVMP (Spain) and the partner ANCI-Lazio (Italy) will expose the communication actions carried out during the 2nd semester. The MUSOL foundation (Spain) will explain the situation of the 65 pilot local authorities, where the local fiscal policies are being tested. Finally, the partner MIEMA (Malta) will present the planning of the activities intended to disseminate and transfer the results of the project.
Last October, 22nd and 23rd, the partners of LOCAL4GREEN Project met in Cyprus. The 1st technical meeting of the project was organized by the Cyprus Energy Agency and all the partners shared the fiscal policies to be designed in each pilot local authority. Some common trends can be identified: the immovable property tax, the fees for use or occupation of public land, the fees for building work permits and the touristic tax are some of the local fiscal revenues to be modified to promote the Renewable Energy Sources. The partners faced some challenges, mainly the legal frame works and the lack of autonomy of the local authorities to set their fiscal policies.
The first step has been taken to design and test the local fiscal policies intended to promote Renewable Energy Sources. A common and participatory methodology has been elaborated and validated by all the partners and all of them are expected to use it in the pilot local authorities. The methodology is structured in four stages: Plan, Do, Control and Improve. There are 20 steps in total, numbered from 0 to 19, to select and design the local fiscal policies according to legal, technical and economic constraints. Such steps encompass citizens participation as well as mainstream social inclusion. Find out the methodology.