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The most important thing of a project is not only the results achieved but also to show those results, to make them visible, and what better way to do it that the project protagonists tell their own experiences …
LOCAL4GREEN Project has produced a final storytelling video, where the project results and best practices are told in first person by the partners and some of the pilot municipalities representatives, who have worked together during 3 years.
If you are interested in designing and applying fiscal policies to promote renewable energy sources in your municipalities, we invite you to consult the Handbooks produced by LOCAL4GREEN Project as useful tools to support you in the process …
LOCAL4GREEN Project has worked with 78 pilot municipalities from 9 Mediterranean countries, designing 154 fiscal policies with the objective to increase the share of renewable energy sources at local level. The good practices have been collected by each partner country in the National Handbooks on green local fiscal policy models, and after the Project has collected all the best models in the International Handbook.
10/05/2018 ⇒ On 8th May, experts from FVMP met with representatives of Dolores Municipality to revise the green fiscal policies to be implemented in their territory. In particular, they discussed about the tax on constructions, installations and works, and the vehicles tax. Regarding the first one, they are planning to give a bonus for the constructions/installations/works that use renewable energy sources like solar energy, and to those installations in existing buildings that promote energy efficiency and sustainability. In relation to vehicles tax, the proposal is to give a bonus to hybrid and electric vehicles and to those with less Co2 emissions.
In some days, FVMP experts will present these proposals to the political representatives of Dolores Municipality with the objective to be approved by the municipal government team.
On 19th February, experts of MUSOL Foundation met with Environment Councilor – Rocío Guijarro – and Finance Councilor – Mayte García -, from the municipality of L’Alfàs del Pi. They analyzed in detail the proposed fiscal policies by #LOCAL4GREEN project to promote the renewable energy sources, and the local authority reiterated the interest to continue studying some of them, in the framework of @interregmed programme.
The modifications of municipal taxes seem to be the most suitable, in particular the reductions in tax on economic activities, property tax and tax on constructions, installations and works, for taxpayers using renewable energy sources.
As they have detected in other pilot municipalities, the limitations imposed by legal framework make more difficult to introduce reductions in municipal taxes, specially in the public land occupancy rate by tables, chairs, umbrellas and other decorative and functional elements, as well for other similar facilities for profit.
The experts from @MUSOL Foundation will continue collaborating with L’Alfàs del Pi with the aim to adapt the proposed fiscal policies to the reality of the municipality and will ellaborate proposals of legal reforms that improve the capacity of muncipalities to promote the renewable energy sources 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.