- Digitization is positioned as one of the key levers for economic recovery and modernization of the productive fabric, increasing productivity and closing social and territorial gaps.
- A public investment of 20,000 million euros is foreseen in the period 2020-2022, aligned with the strategy of the European Union and supported by the new community financing instruments of the Next Generation Recovery Plan
- This agenda will promote the digital transformation of the country through the guarantee of digital connectivity, the deployment of 5G, the strengthening of capacity in cybersecurity, the digitization of Public Administrations and companies, particularly SMEs, the promotion of Spain as a “hub ”Of audiovisual production, the development of the data economy and Artificial Intelligence and the guarantee of citizens' digital rights. The development of tractor projects for the digitization of the production model in strategic sectors is also foreseen.
- It will help relaunch economic growth, reduce inequality, increase productivity and take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technologies.
- Its implementation will be done through public-private collaboration and with the participation of economic and social agents
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has presented this Thursday the new Digital Agenda that will bear the name of Spain Digital 2025. It includes about 50 measures grouped into ten strategic axes with which, over the next five years, the aim is to promote the process for the digital transformation of the country, in line with the digital strategy of the European Union, through public-private collaboration and with the participation of all economic and social agents in the country. More than 15 ministries and public organizations and more than 25 economic, business and social agents have participated in the preparation of this digital agenda.
Spain Digital 2025 contemplates the implementation during 2020-2022 of a set of structural reforms that would mobilize a significant volume of public and private investment, in the vicinity of 70,000 million euros.
Public investment in the period 2020-2022 would be around 20,000 million euros, of which approximately 15,000 million euros would correspond to the different programs and new community financing instruments of the Next Generation EU Recovery Plan, which establishes that digitization has to be one of the main axes to mobilize these resources.
To this would be added the investment planned by the private sector, of about 50,000 million euros, in a moderate scenario of deployment of the measures.
Spain Digital 2025 will focus its objectives on promoting the country's digital transformation as one of the fundamental levers to relaunch economic growth, reduce inequality, increase productivity and take advantage of all the opportunities provided by new technologies. , with respect for constitutional and European values, and the protection of individual and collective rights.
In the words of President Sánchez, "this plan is not just another plan, it is one of the strategic pillars on which Spain's economic recovery must be based: job creation, increased productivity and the conquest of foreign markets."
For his part, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, who has intervened by videoconference, has described the agenda as "ambitious and innovative" and stressed that "it anticipates the necessary structural reforms and investments for the future, and ensures the continuity of traditional policies to deploy infrastructure, increase connectivity and make our companies, especially SMEs, more digital. ”
The presentation ceremony at the Palacio de la Moncloa was attended by Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government; Nadia Calviño, Third Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation; Isabel Celaá, Minister of Education and Vocational Training; Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism; Pedro Duque, Minister of Science and Innovation; Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market; Doña Pilar López, CEO of Microsoft Spain; Don José Luis Bonet, President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce; Doña María Ferreras, Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Netflix; and Don José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chairman of Telefónica, among other prominent personalities in the sector, as well as in the business and union sphere.
This agenda consists of about 50 measures that are articulated around ten strategic axes:
- Digital connectivity. Guarantee adequate digital connectivity for the entire population, promoting the disappearance of the digital gap between rural and urban areas, with the aim that 100% of the population have 100 Mbps coverage in 2025
- Continue to lead the deployment of 5G technology in Europe and incentivize its contribution to increased economic productivity, social progress and territorial structuring. Aim that by 2025 100% of the radio spectrum will be ready for 5G
- Strengthen the digital skills of workers and of citizens as a whole. Special emphasis will be placed on the needs of the labor market and on closing the digital divide in education. The goal is that in 2025 80% of people have basic digital skills and that half of them are women.
- Strengthen the Spanish capacity in cybersecurity. It seeks to have 20,000 specialists in cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and data in 2025 thanks, among other aspects, to the pole of business activity that the environment of the National Institute of Cybersecurity (INCIBE) supposes.
- Promote the digitization of Public Administrations, particularly in key areas such as Employment, Justice, or Social Policies by updating technological infrastructures. In 2025, 50% of public services will be available through the mobile app and the relationship between citizens and companies with the Administrations will be simplified and personalized
- Accelerate the digitization of companies, with special attention to micro-enterprises and start-ups. The goal is for at least 25% of SMEs' turnover to come from electronic commerce in 2025.
- Accelerate the digitization of the production model through driving projects for digital transformation in strategic economic sectors such as Agro-food, Mobility, Health, Tourism, Commerce or Energy, among others. These projects aim at a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions due to the digitization of the economy in 2025
- Improve the attractiveness of Spain as a European audiovisual platform to generate business and jobs, with a goal of increasing 30% of audiovisual production in our country by 2025
- Moving towards a data economy, guaranteeing security and privacy and taking advantage of the opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence with the aim that at least 25% of companies use Artificial Intelligence and Big Data within five years.
- Guarantee rights in the new digital environment, and in particular, the rights of workers, consumers, citizens and companies. The development of a digital bill of rights is set in this area.
This agenda will promote the digital transformation of the country through the guarantee of digital connectivity, the deployment of 5G, the strengthening of capacity in cybersecurity, the digitization of Public Administrations and companies, particularly SMEs, the promotion of Spain as a “hub ”Of audiovisual production, the development of the data economy and Artificial Intelligence and the guarantee of citizens' digital rights. The development of tractor projects for the digitization of the production model in strategic sectors is also foreseen.
Furthermore, Spain Digital 2025 wants to contribute to closing the different digital gaps that have widened in recent years, whether for socio-economic, gender, generational, territorial, or environmental reasons, and which have become apparent during the pandemic. A mission that is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Advisory and monitoring council
The Government will create the Consultative Council for Digital Transformation, which will be public-private and will facilitate dialogue and participation of the different economic and social agents for the digital transformation of the country.
The National Telecommunications and Information Society Observatory (ONTSI) will contribute by providing public information on digital transformation and supporting the preparation of reports for the evaluation and updating of the actions carried out within the framework of this agenda.
Additionally, a website dedicated to Spain Digital 2025 will be created, with updated information on measures and indicators, and an Annual Monitoring Report will be prepared, which will be presented to the Advisory Council for Digital Transformation.