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Bad weather: Lisbon extends municipal support to local commerce until the end of March

The Lisbon Municipal Assembly approved on Tuesday the chamber’s proposal to extend “until March 31” the duration of the support program for local businesses affected by bad weather in December, which has 740,000 euros.

The program was scheduled to run “until January 31, 2023, or until the respective allocation is exhausted, whichever comes first,” and the proposal approved this Tuesday, the day the initial term ends, means the extension of the availability of this support for another two months.

The extension of the deadline is justified by “the number of applications submitted so far has not exhausted the amount allocated to the aid” and after listening to the representative business associations of the city, which “highlighted the importance of extending the deadline for submitting program applications

On January 25, the City Council unanimously decided to submit to the Lisbon Municipal Assembly the extension of the duration of Recover + | Support Program for Economic Activity in the face of the effects of the floods, affected by the bad weather that hit the municipality on December 7, 8, 13 and 14, 2022.

In the assembly, the proposal was approved by a majority, with Chega abstaining and the rest voting in favor, namely BE, Livre, PEV, PCP, two independent members of Cidadãos Por Lisboa (elected by the PS/Livre coalition ), PS, PSD, PAN, Liberal Initiative, MPT, PPM, Alliance and CDS-PP.

On December 19, the municipal executive unanimously decided to “allocate Recuperar+ | Support Program for Local Commerce affected by the bad weather that hit the municipality of Lisbon on December 7, 8, 13 and 14, 2022, the allocation of 740,000 euros.

“O Retrieve + | Support Program for Economic Activity in the face of the effects of floods Its purpose is to provide financial support for repairs, equipment acquisition, replacement of damaged stocks or the works necessary to deal with damage caused by bad weather. that devastated the municipality of Lisbon on December 7, 8, 13 and 14”, reads the proposal.

The endowment is 740 thousand euros, but it can be increased by deliberation of the Lisbon City Council.

According to the proposal, “the support translates into the attribution of an economic contribution of 20% of the value of the repair, purchase of equipment, replacement of damaged ‘stocks’ or necessary works (VAT not included) up to a maximum limit of 10,000 euros per candidate”.

To access this support, merchants must submit an application and meet the eligibility criteria.

At the beginning of January, the chamber revealed that “a total loss of 49 million euros” was recorded after the heavy rains that occurred between December 7 and 14.

The mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas (PSD), detailed the total amount of damage caused by bad weather in December, of which 34 million euros (70%) correspond to damage to public equipment and infrastructure in the city. and 15 million euros (30%) refer to damage to economic activities, trade and services and private housing.

Of the 15 million euros of damage to private property, 11.2 million were accounted for in economic activities (commerce and companies), with 338 occurrences.

In this context, Carlos Moedas highlighted the support provided by the municipality to help affected economic activities and families in the city, which are available by filling out forms on the Lisbon Chamber website: https://www.lisboa. pt/recuperarmais/.

In addition to supporting local businesses, the chamber supports the owners or tenants of affected homes, with “an economic support of 1,000 euros per household”, a value that increases to 2,000 euros as long as there are elderly people in the family (over 65 years of age). ) or children. and youth (under 18 years of age).

Several districts of the continent, Lisbon in particular, were affected by heavy rains in December, with extensive flooding, dozens of displaced people and millions of euros in damage.

Source: Observadora

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