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More than 100 international companies are interested in tax advantages for the Blue Economy sector in the Canary Islands

ZEC Promoción

Canary Islands.- The balance of the webinar organized by Canary and Norwegian institutions and entities to present the business opportunities of the Archipelago in Blue Economy, has brought together more than 100 companies from, not only from Norway, but from France, Portugal, Holland, Switzerland, Iceland, United Arab Emirates and Japan, among other countries. An online working day, which focused mainly on four strategic sectors such as: Offshore, Energy, Blue Biotech and Ocean.


In this webinar, the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) emphasized the role of unique taxation as a competitive value for the development and subsequent marketing of products to international markets, under unique conditions within the framework of the European Union (EU) at be, the companies based in the Islands under this tax regime with a 4% tax on Corporation Tax.

In this event, where the synergies of different Canarian and Norwegian institutions and companies have been added, all the attractions of the Canary Islands in the sector have been shown as a whole, since blue growth is a long-term European Union (EU) strategy term, which is part of the objectives of the 2020 Strategy to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth of the marine and maritime sectors, which implies recognizing the seas and oceans as engines of the European economy due to their great potential for innovation and increase.

The Islands, due to their geographical and environmental conditions, constitute an excellent natural laboratory for testing new prototypes of offshore wind energy and wave energy, as well as a center for experimentation and development in marine biotechnology. In addition, the Canary Islands provides the value of proximity as a natural strategic enclave for companies with expansion plans towards African markets with the maximum guarantees of legal security. With regard to the growth potential offered by the local market, there is great growth potential in different areas related to the Blue Economy, linked to the development of biotechnology R & D & i projects or offshore wind energy.

In this field, the Commission, in successive communications, states, among other issues, that new technologies related to the sea, oceans and coasts are essential for future economic growth, job creation, social cohesion and environmental healt.

Program – September 30th 

  • Introduction to the webinar and to Innovation Norway in Spain

    Grethe Bergsland, Director, Innovation Norway- Spain

  • Introduction and competitive advantages offered by the Canary Islands

    Javier Pérez Solans, Project Manager – Inward investment Division – PROEXCA

    Mar Bianchi, Representative of PROEXCA for the Nordic Countries

  • Tax advantages for ZEC companies

    Alejandro Cañeque, Managing Director, Consortium of the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC)

  • Norway in the Canary Islands
    Odd Are Tveit, Norwegian Consul in Las Palmas

  • Opportunities and projects in the field of energy and biotech
    Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo, R&D&I Director. Canary Islands Institute of Technology (ITC)

  • Opportunities in R&D and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors
    Jose Joaquín Hernández Brito, Chief Executive Officer at PLOCAN – Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands

  • Partnering with local companies
    Elba Bueno, Director of the Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands

  • Experience of Norwegian Companies in the Canary Islands
    Geir Olsen. General Manager, CCB Zamakona Offshore S.L

  • European instruments to fund R&D, innovation and technology projects
    Mª del Pilar González, Head of the Department of Institutional Promotion and Regional Cooperation
    EU Programmes and Territorial Cooperation Directorate. Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)

  • Concluding remarks and Q&A