The Council of Tenerife will invest 2.5 million euros in the execution of some twenty projects, with the town halls of the Island, to improve public services that local administrations provide to citizens. This is the budget of the new 2023 Municipal Modernization Plan, which has 20% more financing than in 2022 and includes new areas of action, with which they seek to go one step further in the support that the Island Corporation provides to the municipalities .
The president of the council, Peter Martinhighlighted “the fundamental support that this Corporation is providing to the 31 municipalities of the Island through this plan, with which many municipalities, especially those with less than 20,000 inhabitants, have been able to tackle projects that they could not execute on their own».
The new Municipal Modernization Plan for 2023 It adds to the 4.6 million euros that the Cabildo has invested during this term in actions aimed at modernizing and supporting local management in all municipalities. Pedro Martín recalled that the annual budget of this Plan has grown by 146% compared to the amount it had in 2019.
The Minister of the Presidency, Finance and Modernization, Berta Pérez, emphasized the good results obtained with the Municipal Modernization Plan for the current year, which had two million euros (29% more than in 2021) and “to which 25 of the 31 councils of Tenerife joined, covering not only municipalities with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants, which we are obliged to support by law, but also all those who requested our collaboration on modernization».
Regarding the program to be developed in 2023, already approved by the Island Government Council, the vice president of the Island Corporation highlights that “we want to give continuity to the cybersecurity jobs, data protection or electronic processing that we are developing with the town halls”. He also referred to “initiating new lines of collaboration related to administrative simplification, accessibility to city council portals and applications, as well as the drafting of municipal modernization plans.”
“This Plan allows many municipalities to tackle projects that they could not develop”
In this context, the insular director of Modernization, Daniel González, explained that the new Plan will make it possible to continue advancing in the incorporation of town councils into the fiber optic island networkthus facilitating access to public services; the financing of technological solutions to implement electronic administration in municipalities with fewer than 30,000 inhabitants or the provision of new virtual server and remote desktop services, which will mean a significant reduction in costs for city councils and an improvement in the availability and security of public services.
In terms of digital security, the implementation of the Security Operations Center (SOC) in the 17 town halls with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants and their certification in the National Security Scheme, or the Data Protection Delegate service, which is provided to town halls to resolve issues on this subject.
Daniel González highlighted that close to 80% of the administrative management of all these projects falls on the Cabildo, which makes it easier for all the consistories that wish to do so to benefit from the Modernization Plan, which includes 743,000 euros of funds from the Recovery PlanTransformation and Resilience, aimed at the digital change of town halls with less than 20,000 inhabitants.