Toledo (EFE).- The president of the PP of Castilla-La Mancha, Paco Núñez, has announced his proposal to turn this region into a ‘Valley of Innovation’, so that this territory is the epicenter for implementing a European Agenda for Innovation.
This was stated during the closing ceremony, at the Palacio de Congresos de Toledo, of the convention on digital entrepreneurship in the rural world ‘España Esperanzada, European Startup Village’, together with the spokesperson for the PP in the European Parliament, Dolors Montserrat.
Núñez explained that the objective is to make innovation and digitization “fundamental tools” to make this autonomous community the first in “entrepreneurship and startups”, through the promotion of self-employment and innovation ecosystems.
A project to settle population in rural areas
In this sense, he stressed that it is a project to generate opportunities in rural areas and thus settle population in these more depopulated areas, as well as that it represents a new business opportunity niche that “has no limits” and that is the economic future of Europe.
To this end, it has advocated carrying out the ‘Valley of Innovation’ with a process of training and technological adaptation so that young people can stay in their municipalities and develop “successful” projects.
He has also said that this process must be accompanied by a fiscal convergence with the autonomies that pay less taxes and that it can contribute to connecting the development axis of southern Europe with Madrid and Andalusia.
During his speech, Núñez has criticized that the regional government boasts that Castilla-La Mancha is a benchmark in the absolute deployment of fiber optics, a point that he has denied while stating that “the data gives a bath of reality.”
Thus, he has ensured that Madrid is the region with the greatest deployment of fiber optics and 5G, followed by Andalusia and Catalonia, while Castilla-La Mancha “follows the tail”.
In fact, he has given as an example the University Hospital of Toledo, the largest in all of Europe and in which “there is no coverage”, he stressed.
Denounces that 340 towns in Castilla-La Mancha do not have fiber optics
Likewise, he has pointed out that in Spain there are 3,000 localities without access to fiber optics and has regretted that more than 10 percent of these municipalities are in Castilla-La Mancha, specifically 340 localities, for which reason he has once again stressed that ” without digitization it is very difficult to address the problem of depopulation”.
In this regard, he referred to the covid funds from Europe that, in his opinion, should have been used to make a real commitment to digitization.
However, it has disfigured the regional Executive that has “the dubious honor of being the community that has managed the covid funds for the self-employed and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)” the worst, since it was barely able to execute 39.4 percent. .
Dolors Montserrat wants Spain to be a country with “opportunities for all”
Along the same lines, Montserrat has also opted for Spain to be a country with “opportunities for all” and with companies that lead all sectors, including digitization.
“Spain must not only support the innovation sector but lead it”, he has ruled, as well as asking that Núñez be the next president of Castilla-La Mancha to “modernize” this region and bet on emerging companies and thus be able to fight against depopulation and “take advantage of the wealth of people’s talent.”
The spokesperson for the European PP has also demanded from the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, “transparency” in the management of the funds, “real co-governance” with the autonomous communities and companies and that “the self-employed and entrepreneurs see that the funds they really get to them.”