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Video video games sure, Netflix and digital books maybe: that is what we all know concerning the Authorities’s cultural bonus in relation to digital merchandise


The President of the Authorities, Pedro Sánchez, announced yesterday the launch of a cultural voucher for younger folks value 400 euros that each one Spaniards who flip 18 in 2022 will be capable of request from subsequent 12 months. The chief government gave few extra particulars about it, and it solely specified that it may be used for “the acquisition of books or for the consumption of any inventive and scenic exercise like theater, cinema or music ”.

However what about digital tradition? The one positive factor we all know on this part is that the acquisition of video video games can be included within the cultural voucher, as confirmed by the Minister of Tradition, Miquel Iceta, in the Ser Chain, though he didn’t delve into extra particulars. The remaining is a good unknown.

On streaming audiovisual content material platforms, comparable to Netflix or Filmin, the Authorities spokesperson and Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero, has reported that its inclusion within the voucher is being studied in the course of the press convention after the extraordinary Council of Ministers held right this moment, by which the 2022 Common State Price range invoice was authorised. Nonetheless, he careworn that this part is not going to be clarified till the Royal Decree that regulates the bond is developed.

They haven’t mentioned something about different digital merchandise and reveals, comparable to e-books or digital concert events. From the Ministry of Tradition they’ve defined to Xataka that it’s nonetheless too early to supply extra particulars, and that now begins the work of “delimiting the catalog of cultural providers and merchandise that may be financed with the voucher.”

When requested about whether or not the acquisition of books talked about yesterday by the president included the digital model of those, that’s, eBooks, from Tradition reply that they perceive sure, however they can not guarantee it till the initiative is developed.

Within the press convention after the Council of Ministers, Montero identified that the bond will prioritize some cultural sectors over others, and careworn that it’ll serve to assist areas extremely affected by the pandemic comparable to theater or reside music. On this method, if the Authorities has determined to incorporate video video games, it might be troublesome to justify excluding different digital merchandise comparable to audiovisual content material platforms on demand for streaming, digital books or digital concert events.

Neither is it recognized how the cultural voucher can be delivered for younger folks to make use of. In different nations the place there are initiatives much like this, comparable to Italy or France, the verify is used by means of a cellular software by which, with every buy, the quantity of the transaction is discounted.

What is thought is that this verify will value the general public coffers of about 200 million euros, and that it’ll profit greater than 450,000 Spaniards, that’s, all those that flip 18 in 2022, based on data shared by authorities. It might solely be requested as soon as, and the 400 euros should be utilized in totally different cultural sectors.

The cultural bonus is, due to this fact, solely a barely outlined undertaking, of which many particulars stay to be outlined that can be outlined because the Royal Decree that regulates it’s drafted, so extra digital services may nonetheless be included associated to tradition.


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