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Sunday 31 December 2017
Fábrica de coches (Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad)
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Tourism and Digital Agenda

Infraestructure

The Ministry of Public Works has defined the integrated planning model for infrastructure, transport services and housing policy under the 2012-2024 Infrastructure, Transport and Housing Plan (Spanish acronym: PITVI), setting the priorities and action programmes to be carried out by 2024 according to three principles:

• Utmost rigour in the selection of investments.

• Respect for budgetary consolidation.

• Greater adaptation to the real needs of society.

Transport

Spain is the country with the most kilometres of high-speed track in Europe and has the second-largest such network in the world, behind only China. Around 400 high-speed trains travel around the network every day, carrying almost 96,000 passengers daily and arriving in over 132 Spanish cities.

Another strategic sector for Spain is air transport, both due to its socio-economic impact (representing 5.9% of GDP) and its contribution in terms of connectivity, accessibility and territorial cohesion and structure. It is estimated that the 46 airports and two heliports managed by Aena - where over 6,000 companies provide their services - generate 146,500 direct jobs and 440,000 jobs in total; equal to 2% of the labour force.

Spain's State Road Network is over 26,000 kilometres long, and has the longest network of highways and motorways in Europe (15,000 kilometres).

The system of State-owned ports comprises 28 port authorities that manage a total of 47 general interest port facilities under the coordination of Puertos del Estado (the Spanish Port Authority).

Housing

Spain has worked hard on its new land, housing and construction policy, the aims of which are to support property rentals as a means of access to housing, particularly for those on lower incomes, to promote building restoration and urban regeneration and renewal, and to improve energy efficiency. To achieve that, the Law on Flexibility Measures and Promotion of the Housing Rental Market and the Law on Urban Restoration, Regeneration and Renovations were approved.

Industry

The main aim of the government's industrial policy is to increase its contribution to GDP growth and job creation as far as possible.

The main instrument employed by the government to achieve these goals has been the Agenda to Strengthen the Industrial Sector in Spain, an action plan made up of a series of concrete and well-defined proposals that seek to improve cross-cutting conditions under which industrial activity in Spain is developed and which contribute to the growth of industry, to make it more competitive and increase its weighting in GDP as a whole.

Energy

The Spanish electricity system has significant strengths, which include a diversified and balanced mix of generation technologies, a high penetration of renewable energies and a high level of infrastructure development that makes it possible to maintain the security and quality of the supply.

 Tourism

The great importance of tourism for Spain has led the Ministry of Industry, through the State Secretariat of Tourism, to implement the National Comprehensive Tourism Plan (Spanish acronym: PNIT). The purpose of this plan is to improve the competitiveness of both businesses and destinations alike, increase profitability from the industry and support Spain's global leadership in this sector.

The strategic dimensions on which the PNIT is based are the strength of the 'Spain brand', a customer-focused approach, offer and destination planning, the alignment of public and private operators, the knowledge economy, talent recruitment and retention, and support for innovation and entrepreneurship.

 Digital Agenda

The Digital Agenda for Europe establishes a roadmap as the starting point for drawing up Spain's Agenda, which contains a raft of measureable targets in order to compare the situation at the outset with the targets set for the year 2020, as well as the evolution of each country over this intervening period.

Spain's progress is above the European average thanks to the rollout of ultrafast networks (fibre optic) and mobile broadband (4G).