The Government reaffirms its commitment to the future of the automotive sector

The European Commission has approved aid for six alternative fuel projects from Spanish companies, corresponding to the Connect Europe (CEF) Blending Facility 2019 call. This call, which has allocated a total of 70.43 million euros, was intended to prioritize the development of two sectors, the deployment of the European rail traffic management system ERTMS and alternative fuels for transport.

The peculiarity of this call lies in the fact that it is a "Blending" call, that is, it has a direct grant component, through the mechanism Connect Europe (CEF) and a loan component, either from the European Investment Bank (EIB), well of ICO, in the case of Spain.

In total, six proposals have been approved with Spanish participation, which will receive aid worth a little over 23 million euros for an estimated investment in our country of more than 157 million euros. These proposals, which are all those presented by Spain, represent, in terms of aid received, 33% of the total aid allocated at European level in the call.

All of them have expressly had the agreement of the respective Government of the Member State of the Union in which the requesting institutions or companies reside. In Spain, it corresponds to give that conformity to the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma).

Of these six projects in which Spain participates, five had the support of the Official Credit Institute of Spain (ICO) and one with the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

In general, the projects presented from the private initiative aim to contribute to the transition towards the consumption of cleaner energy and therefore towards more sustainable mobility. In the case of the road mode, either through the deployment of vehicle charging points, or with the aim of expanding clean bus fleets that operate under public service contracts in different parts of Spain. In the maritime mode, the proposals seek to promote sustainable maritime transport, reducing CO2 emissions, improving air quality and mitigating noise on the routes they operate, always under the umbrella of the State Ports strategy, called LNGHIVE.

Connecting Europe Facility

Aid for projects submitted to the Connecting Europe (CEF) mechanism are awarded in competition between the different applications that are submitted. Institutions or companies established in any of the countries of the European Union can be presented, either individually or in groups, as well as certain international organizations related to the infrastructure and transport sector.

Detailed information on the call will be available in the east link.

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