The Community allocates 150,000 euros for craft projects

The Craft Advisory Council informs of the aid for artisans and craft associations that will finance 90 percent of the investment made

The Regional Assembly asks the central government to create its own CNAE for the artisan sector and reduce VAT on artisan products to 10 percent

Craft Advisory Council (1)

The Community allocates 150,000 euros for craft projects. The Craft Advisory Council has informed the sector of the main actions that are being carried out in relation to the new subsidies for craft workshops and associations in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic in order to maintain, reactivate and promote the sector .

Likewise, this body reported the increase in the number of eligible actions, incorporating innovation, design, production, marketing, communication or training initiatives that, through ICT, introduce the craft workshop to the digital and electronic commerce sphere, develop generational change, facilitate participation in fairs or the start-up of investments to promote the insertion of people with disabilities or groups at risk of social exclusion, as well as any other investment project that allows maintaining and increasing artisan activity.

The increase in the maximum amount of aid per craft workshop goes from 3,000 to 4,000 euros and the percentage of the subsidy with respect to the investment made by the applicant is increased from 50 to 90 percent. In addition, the investment term of the subsidies granted during the year 2019 is increased by one and a half years.

The Minister of Business, Industry and Spokesperson, Ana Martínez Vidal, explained that from the Regional Assembly "the central government has been urged to create its own specific classification for the artisan sector within the National Classification of Economic Activities, as well as the comparison of the VAT of the artisan products to the cultural VAT of 10 percent”.

For its part, during the telematic meeting, the situation of the Regional Craft Centers of Murcia, Cartagena and Lorca was reported, with the full opening of the centers with a limited capacity of 75 percent, maintaining the workshops and exhibitions.

The Regional Craft Centers, in the face of the health crisis, have taken measures to implement the trading system called 'Marketplace', promoting 'online' sales through the website '' and '', and future courses to facilitate the incorporation of artisans to Amazon Handmade, Etsy and Correos Market.

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