• The body, of cooperation between Central Administration, CCAA and EELL, takes stock of the Market Unit Guarantee Law
  • The application of the Law will result in additional GDP growth of around 1.6% in the long term
  • In Council gives a new impulse to the norm with the removal of recurring obstacles for economic operators

The Council for the Market Unit, the highest cooperation body between Administrations provided for in the Market Unit Guarantee Act (LGUM), has met for the second time since its establishment in early 2015 to take stock of its application. To date, 117 state regulations have been modified and, thanks to the economic operators protection mechanism, more than 200 files have been resolved. In turn, a work plan has been developed to give new impetus to this standard.

The LGUM guarantees free access to economic activities and their free exercise in general. At the same time, it establishes a series of principles of good economic regulation, basically those of necessity and proportionality of public intervention in economic activity, that of national efficiency of regulation and of simplification of charges, whose application will result in more productivity, More growth and more employment. The latest government estimates calculate, in fact, an additional GDP growth of around 1.6% in the long term.

The Vice President of the Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, has presided over the meeting, in which the Secretary of State for Economy and Business Support, Irene Garrido, on whose part the Secretariat of the Council, the Secretary of State for Territorial Administrations, Roberto Bermúdez de Castro, the Assistant Secretary of the Presidency, José Mª Jover, as well as Councilors and other representatives of the Governments of the Autonomous Communities and of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.

The Council, established at the beginning of 2015, has approved the report of its Secretariat, which reflects the recent progress in the application of the LGUM and which reflects the adaptation to the principles of good economic regulation of 117 State regulations, among others, the laws of business hours, prevention of occupational hazards, public sector contracts, support for entrepreneurs, film, sports, mountains, patents or telecommunications. The process of regulatory adaptation to the LGUM has also continued at the level of the Autonomous Communities.

The protection mechanism for economic operators, which allows them to submit claims or information about barriers to their activity, works satisfactorily, as evidenced by the fact that more than 200 files have already been resolved, for which information is available on the web of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.

The Council agreed on the need to give new impetus to the implementation of the LGUM, focusing attention on the removal of certain recurring obstacles. To this end, a work plan will be developed that, supported by the Council of Ministers, will be carried out with the impulse of the ministerial departments in their respective fields of competence, especially through the sectoral conferences.

Likewise, the Board has seen it necessary to promote the analysis of the effect of any new standard on the market unit, through the Regulatory Impact Analysis Reports.

Cooperation between Public Administrations, especially through sectoral conferences but also through various platforms that have been enabled for the exchange of information and managed by the Ministry of Presidency and for Territorial Administrations, plays a fundamental role in the application of LGUM, which the Council has proposed to strengthen.

The Council has approved a Catalog of good and bad practices of application of the LGUM, which aims to promote mutual learning between Administrations. It has also learned about the Guide for the application of the LGUM, which the Council of Ministers commissioned from the Council Secretariat. Both documents will be, as the Report of the Council Secretariat, subject to publication.

The Government has recognized the efforts of the Autonomous Communities and has urged them to move forward with more impetus in the application of the LGUM, something that will also be done from the General State Administration.

In the process of reforms that it has been promoting, the Executive attaches special importance to the principles of good economic regulation of the LGUM. In this regard, the European Commission has also indicated that it is one of the most important laws among those promoted by the Spanish Government.

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