CIP participated in the seminar “Southern EU Recovery Plans: The Digital Dimension,” organised in the context of the PromethEUs independent research network, which brings together four European think tanks: the Institute of Public Policy (IPP) (Portugal), I-Com, Institute for Competitiveness (Italy), Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research – IOBE (Greece), and the Elcano Royal Institute (Spain). The event was attended by the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Administrative Modernisation, Mário Campolargo, and the Representative of the European Commission in Portugal, Sofia Moreira de Sousa, and was moderated by Professor Paulo Trigo Pereira of ISEG and President of the IPP.

The webinar revolved around the discussion of reforms and investments in the digital area of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRP), particularly on how these plans will help to mitigate the principal vulnerabilities of each country and whether the NRRP will effectively contribute to the competitiveness increase and a possible reorientation of national industrial strategies.

Joana Valente, Head of CIP’s representation in Brussels, spoke on the impact of the Digital Pillar of the Portuguese NRRP on the business sector. She highlighted that CIP considers that a greater emphasis should have been given to companies in allocating NRRP funds, stressing that since 100% of the RRP has already been allocated, it is time to focus on implementation.