Rosa Dávila to Address Tenerife Cabildo Plenary Session to Justify Opposition to the ‘Ecotax’

An appearance by Tenerife Cabildo’s president, Rosa Dávila, is scheduled for June 7 during the plenary session of the institution to clarify her stance on the proposal by the Socialist Party to introduce a green tax aimed at impacting non-resident visitors’ overnight stays in the Canary Islands.

This extraordinary plenary session has been automatically convened, as per the regulations outlined in the Law Governing Local Administration, where at 12:00 p.m. on June 7, the island’s president will present her arguments against the socialist motion put forth on April 26 that failed to gain approval.

During the same session in April, the Tenerife Cabildo plenary did, however, grant approval for further examination, from a legal and economic perspective, of the implementation of a “targeted levy” aimed to be enforced starting January 1, 2025, to help preserve and enhance services in protected natural areas on the island.

The PSOE has denounced the government group’s (CC and PP) motion as “misleading” when referred to as an “ecotax” by Rosa Dávila, as it merely suggests conducting a survey on the possibility of introducing an entrance fee for specific locations, something she previously opposed until this recent turn of events.

The core goal of the socialist proposal – a tourist environmental levy that taxes non-residents on their tourism stays within these islands – is to encourage a more equitable distribution of the industry’s revenue and secure funding for transformative policies aimed at tackling poverty and social marginalisation.

The PSOE also advocates for measures that promote affordable housing access, the safeguarding and maintenance of natural landscapes, and the fight against climate change.

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