• It also requires urgent measures in the field of Innovation and New Technologies to minimize the economic impact on the sector

The Popular Parliamentary Group has required the Government, with a Proposal not of Law in Congress, to promote the digitization of the cultural sector and to develop urgent measures in the field of New Technologies and Innovation to minimize the economic impact that, after the Covid-19 crisis, has suffered the sector.

With this initiative signed by the spokeswoman Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, the deputy spokesperson Marta González and by the GPP spokesperson for Culture, Sol Gruz Guzmán, the Popular Group proposes, among other things, “to incorporate cultural content in local public digital platforms and of the Autonomous Communities, in order to disseminate the projects that have been affected by the crisis ”.

It also proposes “to include in the call to accelerate SMEs a cultural section for cultural business projects related to digital activities, especially those that have been affected by the crisis; and develop a training program to encourage digital business in cultural companies ”.

In addition, it urges the Government to carry out "an awareness campaign on intellectual property rights, as well as to carry out actions that prevent online cultural piracy." Similarly, it proposes to review and improve “the fiscal incentives of the cultural sector linked to its projection in the digital field, in the use of new technologies and in innovation; and include the cultural activities that use R + D + i in the ‘priority technological areas’ section established by the Center for Industrial Technological Development ”.

Finally, it calls on the Executive to propose to the intersectoral table of Internet operators and digital content industries "a package of measures to promote access to the legal offer of cultural companies that use digital technology and guarantee connectivity", and that prepare “a Code of Good Practice with the objective that Public Administrations acquire licenses for copyrighted products and protect intellectual property”.

In the explanatory statement, the GPP recalls that “business activity in the field of culture represents a contribution to the Spanish economy of 3.2% of our GDP, and that cultural companies contributed more than 700,000 jobs in 2019 to the year, in addition to indirect jobs ”. For this reason, he stresses that “the forced stoppage of activity, due to the state of alarm, as well as the very configuration of the cultural business fabric in Spain, together with the intermittent distribution in income time in companies in the sector, necessitates the development of urgent extraordinary measures ”.

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