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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-52/1674 – measures in Spain

Urgent measures for the modernisation of the public administration and for the implementation of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan

Medidas urgentes para la modernización de la Administración Pública y para la ejecución del Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 23 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Other
Author Oscar Molina (UAB) and Eurofound
Measure added 07 January 2021 (updated 02 February 2021)

Background information

The projects that constitute the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, will allow structural reforms to be carried out in the coming years and, therefore, will allow a change in the productive model for the recovery of the economy after the pandemic caused by COVID-19 and also a transformation towards a more resilient structure allowing the economy to successfully face other possible crises or challenges in the future.

The Spanish public administrations, and especially the General State Administration, must play a key, agile, effective and efficient role for the success of the implementation and also for the control and the necessary safeguard that allow to reliably justify the request for reimbursements and the absorption of funds. For this, it has been necessary to review the obstacles and bottlenecks existing in the regulations and in the procedures and instruments of public management and, once analyzed, a series of reforms have been undertaken that allow for a modern and agile administration, capable of respond to the challenge that the implementation of projects, linked to the funds of the European Recovery Instrument, pose.

Content of measure

An ad hoc modernization process is being promoted to provide the public administration with the necessary tools to undertake the execution of the Plan and the best management of funds, relying on the public and private sectors.

Among other provisions, there is the generation of synergies between the administrative bodies that are going to be in charge of managing the funds, favoring innovative mechanisms such as multidisciplinary teams, technical forums and horizontal working groups, maximizing the availability of resources to promote the use of new information technologies in the management of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, and, finally, to provide the Administration with capacities to evaluate the actions developed, identify deviations and adopt corrections.

A new figure of public-private collaboration is included: the Strategic Projects for Recovery and Economic Transformation "PERTE" that will be key for the execution of the different tractor projects contemplated in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

A Commission for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience is created, which will be chaired by the President of the Government and of which all the Ministries will be part. Likewise, a Technical Committee is created that will support this Commission and the Authority Responsible for the Mechanism for Recovery and Resilience, which will reside in the Ministry of Finance, which is the central body for the development and execution of the Plan and which acts as the authority and responsible interlocutor with the European institutions.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
Local / regional government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement was reported in the drafting of the report, but as this document will be presented to the EC as a plan for managing recovery funds, it is expected that social partners will be involved in the revision and implementation of the plan.

Views and reactions

Social partners welcomed the plan, but both agreed to point out aspects that could be improved. In this vein, they encourage the government to involve them in the implementation of the plan, once the general lines of action have been approved by the EC.


  • 31 December 2020: Urgent measures for the modernization of the Public Administration and for the execution of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (


Eurofound (2021), Urgent measures for the modernisation of the public administration and for the implementation of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, measure ES-2020-52/1674 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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