Another 60 million euros, in the three-year period, are added by the Sardinia Region to the previous 45 million to favor economic activities in municipalities with a population of less than 3 thousand inhabitants. Destinations are the purchase and renovation of the first homes. The programmed resources therefore reach 105 million euros in order to counteract depopulation : every new open activity and every transfer of activity in the territory of the Municipalities with a population of less than 3,000 inhabitants will receive a non-repayable grant equal to 15 thousand euros, which become 20 thousand if employment increases .

"During the Legislature and with the last financial maneuver, the Region defined the strategic framework of the measures aimed at containing and contrasting the phenomenon of depopulation by encouraging residents on the one hand not to abandon their territory and on the other by relaunching the economy and increasing consumption in order to be able to provide the services necessary to attract new residents - said the governor Christian Solinas - The measure aimed at supporting entrepreneurial development in small municipalities is part of the plurality of interventions we are carrying out. For the first time real and certain resources necessary for Sardinia to be able to fight the depopulation of the territories and the isolation with force and determination ".

With the resolution that was proposed by the Councilor for Budget and Planning, Giuseppe Fasolino, the financial endowment was approved: 20 million euros for the current year, to which another 20 million will be added in 2023 and as many in 2024, the manager and provider will be the system of the Chambers of Commerce of Sardinia. Not only that: this measure is linked to that of accompanying businesses (including new ones) which provides, from 2023, a contribution in the form of a tax credit of up to 40% of the taxes paid, with the aim of relieving economic activities from high costs of taxation. The goal is to encourage the opening of new entrepreneurial activities (or the transfer of companies) in the territory of small municipalities and continue to accompany the activities of those born a year ago (or already existing in the territory) in their path.

"The analyzes carried out - comments Fasolino - highlight the persistence of a progressive depopulation in non-urban areas as well as the persistence of natural or demographic disadvantages, determined by numerous factors including the small size of economic operators, in addition to the modest aggregation propensity, social marginality and the contraction of the system of the supply of services at the local level, as well as the scarce valorisation of territorial attractors. Today - he concludes - we can think of a rebirth of small municipalities because we give families and businesses the opportunity to fully experience those territorial realities that risk dying due to the aging of the population and exodus of young people ”.

(Unioneonline / ss)

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