The GOB abstained in the vote at the last plenary session of the Sustainable Tourism Tax (ITS): we welcome the progress towards the de-tariffing of investments, but we continue to question the funds and the ways in which the tax is applied.
The GOB participated in the sessions of the Executive Committee and Plenary of the Sustainable Tourism Tax (ITS) Commission. In the Plenary it was approved that almost 50% of the total fund raised will be allocated to improvements in water supply infrastructure (29 million for 14 projects); the second priority will be sustainable mobility, incorporating the works of the Levante train; the third purpose will be to allocate 23% to housing; and as a fourth purpose appeared the creation of the Faculty of Marine Sciences at the UIB.
The GOB welcomes the fact that the Government has heeded some of our requests, after the insistent work of environmental organizations within the Commission since 2016. In particular, we are pleased that it has finally decided not to dedicate a single euro of the tax to tourism projects or advertising promotion. However, we continue to call for the implementation of all our demands, both in terms of decision-making procedures and the rigorous application of the investment priorities of the ITS fund. This exercise of improving the governance of such an essential tax as the ITS will, by doing so, address critical issues affecting the state of conservation of our natural and cultural heritage, towards the implementation of eco-social transition mechanisms.