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A more digital Spain

Pedro Sánchez chairs meeting to form Advisory Council for Digital Transformation

Tuesday 13 October 2020

At the meeting, held by video-conference, the President of the Government recalled that the digital transformation is one of the four cross-cutting pillars of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan which it is planned to spend 33% of the public investment on provided for under the EU transfers for the period 2021-2023. In addition, the President of the Government stressed that speeding up this digital transformation process of the whole of the economy will help improve productivity and job creation, will foster territorial and social cohesion and will contribute to fostering gender equality.

Key aspects in the digital transformation process

The Advisory Council for the Digital Transformation will advise the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation in the design of proposed government policies on the digital transformation in its different fields: telecommunications, digital infrastructures, audio-visual communication services, the digitalisation of the economy, electronic government, boosting and regulating digital services and driving the economy and the digital society.

This is a public-private body made up of representatives of the public authorities and associations, experts and economic and social institutions in the private sector that operate in the digital transformation.

The President of the Government explained that the government wants to listen to all experts that work on digitalisation on a daily basis and that the Advisory Council will allow information to be provided on the details being drawn up but also to "gather opinions, ideas and proposals to incorporate in projects".

The Advisory Council will be chaired by the Third Vice-President of the Government and Minister for Economic Affairs, Nadia Calviño. It will also include two vice-presidencies that will be held by the State Secretary for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas, and the State Secretary for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures, Roberto Sánchez. Its functioning will be structured through a plenary session that will meet on an annual basis and two standing committees.

At the constitution of the Advisory Council on Tuesday, more than 50 social and economic stakeholders took part related to the digital transformation from different associations, foundations, federations, colleges and trade unions.

Digital Spain 2025

The Digital Spain 2025 agenda includes close to 50 measures grouped in 10 strategic pillars that, over the next five years, seek to boost the country's digital transformation process. The scope of the actions financed stands at around 20 billion euros of public funding.

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