The book voucher for 18-year-olds will have a value of twenty euros and will be distributed in 2024. This measure will benefit 200,000 people, as revealed by the Minister of Culture, Pedro Adão e Silva.
In 2022, at the end of confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, APEL delivered to the Ministries of Culture and Education, the Secretariat of State for Commerce and Tourism, and the Presidency of the Republic a document with “three measures” that it considered important to mitigate families' problems in accessing Culture and books, and to boost the book sector.
Among the proposals was “the creation of a book voucher of 100 euros for all those who turn 18”, in addition to the reduction of the VAT rate from six to 0%, in addition to “increasing investment in library purchases either under the under the tutelage of Culture and Education”
At a hearing in Parliament on the proposed State Budget (OE) for Culture for 2024, Pedro Adão e Silva said that this measure has an allocation of 4.4 million euros and that the book check will be 20 euros.
The awarding of a book voucher to 18-year-olds will involve the creation of a platform, which makes the process “safe and reliable”, the public tender for which will be launched in September