Brussels approves scheme of 48 million euros for Portugal to acquire buses with null connections – O Jornal Económico
The European Commission has approved a Portuguese scheme worth 48 million euros to support the acquisition of zero buses, as well as related charging and supply infrastructure, for the public road passenger transport sector in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto.
According to a statement released this Thursday, the measure will be financed by the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (MRR), following the Commission’s positive assessment of the Portuguese recovery and resilience plan and its adoption by the Council.
The scheme, which facilitates the acquisition of electric and/or hydrogen-powered transport, is composed of two parts, which support, respectively: the acquisition of zero buses and the installation or modernization of the related supply or charging infrastructure. Under the scheme, support will take the form of direct non-refundable grants.
According to the community community, the beneficiaries selected through competitive, open and transparent bidding procedures.
“The Commission considers that the measure will encourage the introduction of public passenger buses with data, thus contributing to the reduction of CO2 calls and pollutants, in line with the EU’s climate and environmental objectives and as targets set out in the European Ecological Pact” , Informs the released note.
Furthermore, Brussels considers that the aid will be limited to the minimum necessary, as it will be granted through a competitive tender procedure and that it will apply as mandatory safeguards.
“The Commission concluded that the scheme’s positive effects on the EU’s environmental and climate objectives outweigh potential distortions of competition and trade caused by the support. On this basis, the Commission approved the measure under the EU rules on express authorization”, informs the document. and.