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Spanish scheme to assist clever transportation methods will get EU nod

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A €20 million Spanish scheme made out there by way of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) supporting the deployment of clever methods that may present enhanced communication and knowledge companies for motorways and tunnels of the Spanish State roads community in consistent with EU state assist rules, the European Commission stated on January 19.

According to the Commission, the measure will enhance highway security in Spain and contribute to creating highway site visitors extra sustainable, by way of the deployment and enhancement of superior digital applied sciences, consistent with the EU’s strategic targets referring to the digital transition, whereas limiting doable distortions of competitors.

The measure, with an estimated finances of €20 million, might be solely funded by way of the RRF following the Commission’s optimistic evaluation of the Spanish restoration and resilience plan and its adoption by the Council.

The scheme will run till December 31, 2024, and the assist will take the type of direct grants. It might be awarded, following a aggressive choice process, to concessionaires and operation and upkeep (‘O&M’) corporations energetic within the State roads community, the EU fee stated.

The measure goals to enhance site visitors security, effectivity, interoperability, power effectivity and innovation in motorways and tunnels managed below concession regime; and enhance security in highway operation and upkeep.

In this context, the clever methods initiatives that might be eligible to obtain assist below the scheme embrace, amongst others, automated incident detection methods, methods for monitoring atmospheric situations on roads, clever lighting management methods, cooperative methods to make the nationwide transport community extra interoperable, and methods to allow distant and automated operation in upkeep works by way of drones and digitalised equipment.

The Commission stated the help will facilitate the event of an financial exercise, and extra particularly the digitalisation of sure financial companies linked to highway infrastructure by way of the deployment and enhancement of clever methods. This digitalisation may even assist bridging the digital hole with highway infrastructures, the place the State has already carried out comparable funding initiatives or is at the moment creating them.

The assist is critical and proportionate for traders to hold out the focused digitalisation initiatives. In this respect, the concessionaires and O&M corporations making use of for assist, might want to submit a cost-benefit evaluation demonstrating their financing hole; and the utmost quantity of assist {that a} undertaking can obtain is predicated on cheap value estimates, the Commission stated, noting that the optimistic results of the measure by way of contribution to the digitalisation of sure financial companies linked to the highway infrastructure outweigh any doable detrimental results by way of distortions of competitors.

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