Pact Italy-Spain-Portugal on digital bureaucracy

Youths in Naples launch idea for public administration

07 May, 17:33

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, MAY 7 - Italy, Spain and Portugal are joining forces in the field of digitalization, in particular in the public administration sector, investing in youths and their creative ideas. This is the project launched in Naples during the symposium of COTEC Italia, the foundation that works to improve Italian technological competitiveness and cooperates with the Spanish Fundacion COTEC and Portugal's Associacao COTEC to represent in the European Union national and Mediterranean interests on actions to support innovation.

    The symposium has registered the presence of President Sergio Mattarella, King of Spain Felipe VI with father Juan Carlos, the former king, and Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and follows events dedicated to technological innovation in Naples with over 200 young international talents who competed in the largest hackathon on public administration. The challenge lasted 48 hours and prizes were worth 37,500 euros. The focus is on the transformation of the public administration that needs to be up to speed with the digital revolution to better meet the needs of citizens and businesses.

    The theme concerns the use of new digital applications as well as the ''training of personnel with an average age of 52 in Italy'', stressed the Public Administration Minister Giulia Bongiorno, who visited on Monday the Apple Academy in Naples where students from all over Italy receive training on new technologies. The university Federico II of San Giovanni was selected by the European Commission as having one of the best practices for digital investments.

    As part of the symposium COTEC called ''PA 4.0: Rethinking the Public Administration for a Digital World'', meetings were held on Tuesday with the participation of business and institutional leaders from Italy, Spain and Portugal, COTEC Italia said. The leaders discussed joint actions on innovation policies and specific collaborations. The event was key to relaunch the theme of innovation in the public administration at a time of great industrial and technological changes, organizers said.

    There is an increasing need to enable citizens to manage relations with the public administration and access public services online, participants said. Italy is at the bottom of a ranking - together with Bulgaria, Greece and Romania - for the overall level of digitalization of the economy and society among European countries, with an index of 44 out of 100, compared to Denmark's 72, which is at the top of the tanking.(ANSAmed).

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