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CIVIL UAVS INITIATIVE

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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New innovation and industrial policies are needed to foster economic growth and achieve social equality at regional level in Europe. The demographic challenge also needs the public sector intervention to create attractive jobs and opportunities for young people not only in the cities but in rural regions and areas. The regional Government of Galicia is trying to lead this new policies through innovative policy making and creative implementation tools. Public needs and the demand of products and services (public procurement) can be used as an strategic tool to implement this new policies. An example of this singular interventions is presented in this application to EPSA 2019: the Civil UAVs Initiative.


The Civil UAVs Initiative (CUI) is the strategic initiative of the Regional Government of Galicia to improve public services using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). The Initiative is being implemented through Pre-Commercial Public Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions.


The Civil UAVs Initiative is led by the President of Xunta de Galicia and manage by the Galician Agency for Innovation (GAIN). As a Strategic Initiative it integrates 10 ministries of the regional government, the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and the Aerospace National Research Centre (INTA). Three different entities act as contracting authorities in the CUI: GAIN itself, AMTEGA (the IT Agency of the regional Government) and INTA. They have procured from 2015 to March 31st 2019, up to 12 PPI contracts for a value near to 164M€ (74M€ of public investment —including more than 20M€ from ERDF— mobilizing another 90M€ of private investment in the common R&D programmes procured by PCP. Another 35M€ are being invest in a public scientific R&D programme managed by the INTA.


The Civil UAVs Initiative is a political response to two important global public problems: economic growth and societal equality. The final objective of this intervention is to foster the creation of new high-quality jobs through the industrial and economic development of the rural area around the Aerodrome of Rozas, Lugo (an old infrastructure from the II WW).


The Civil UAVs Initiative has become an international benchmark in public investment in the unmanned vehicles segment, not only because the investment already made (only UK has approved a similar investment in December 2018 -147M€ approved by the British Parliament) but for the broad kind of programmes and activities cover under the Initiative: (1) Aerospace, scientific and industrial infrastructure development, (2) Common R&D Programmes with top companies, (3) Public procurement of Innovative Solutions, (4) Incubation of new companies, etc.


More than 280 products and solutions are being created to digitalize public services or activities of the public sector in 20 different areas through for example artificial intelligence, robotics, new computing technologies, virtual and augmented realities, space technologies or 3D printing. This will allow the regional public sector to achieve:

•Lesser risks for humans: for example, in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in fire combat, sea rescue or emergencies management.

•Better performance: for example, in the management of forest, agricultural and sea resources with new solutions that allow the public sector to obtain information and data that cannot be obtained without these new solutions.

•Value for money: reducing the price of all the aerial operations of the public sector and increasing significantly the possibilities to repeat these operations and to improve their results.

•Automation and robotization: transformation of manual activities into automated activities, such as land image classification, sample analysis of water quality, etc.

•Better services to citizens: such as medical transport (especially in rural areas), support systems for fishing, tourism management and promotion (touristic information), etc.


The CUI has already created 469 highly qualified jobs around the aerodrome of Rozas (Lugo), an old infrastructure built during the II WW and refurnished under the Initiative. It is now dedicated to UAVs R&D. This number (March 2019) is the employment created only with the 32% of Initiative executed. Galicia is a former ‘Convergence Region’ and new a ‘More Developed Region’ within the 2014-2020 framework of EU regional policy; and Lugo (Galicia) contributes only to the 12% of the Galician GDP.


The impact of the CUI in the area is contributing to national, regional and local economic growth and social equality thanks to the efforts of three Governments (national, regional and local) coordinated under a Strategic Initiative and implemented through creative policy tools. Public needs and demands are being used strategically to obtain results in different public policies while the public services and activities are modernized.


Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - regional level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: cross-sectoral
Type of activity:
Keywords: Digitalization, UAVs, Drones, Modernization, Public Procurement of Innovation, Growth, Technological Disruption
Short English description: The Civil UAVs Initiative (CUI) is the strategic initiative of the Regional Government of Galicia to improve public services using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). The Initiative is being implemented through Pre-Commercial Public Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions.
Further information
Organisation: Axencia Galega de Innovación - Xunta de Galicia
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.civiluavsinitiative.com
Level of government: regional level
Size of organisation: 50-100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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