The Government of Spain is responsible for the executive function and the commencement of legislative action, the possibility of governing by way of emergency legislation (the ratification of which is delegated to Congress) and the drawing up of the draft budget. The Government oversees domestic and foreign policy, civil and military administration and the defence of the State.
In Spain the Government is formed at two very distinct times. A first phase in which the presidential candidate submits their mandate of Government to the consideration of the Congress, and a second phase in which the president, once the confidence of the House has been conferred and once appointed by the King, proposes the appointment of ministers to the King. This fact, together with the direction of the Government’s action, means that in the internal organisation of the executive the figure of the president of the Government stands out to the extent that we could talk about a «regime of a prime minister» in the case of the Spanish constitutional regime.
The collegiate body of the executive is the Council of Ministers (Consejo de Ministros), formed by the president, the vice-president(s) and the ministers. The current Government consists of the president of the Government, a vice-president with ministerial office and sixteen ministers.
The Government of Spain is responsible of the overall efforts to support an inclusive and sustainable Digital Transformation, through the improvement of infrastructures and services that place people at the core, opening up new opportunities for companies, reducing the various digital gaps and promoting reliable technologies that foster an open society and a sustainable economy.
The European Commission has also recently recognized Spain’s digitisation in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which measures the digitisation of European countries, where Spain is ahead of the rest of large European countries. The Commission also recognizes its prominent position in digital public services.