The CORA report, a first step towards reforming the public authorities
The Council of Ministers recently analyzed the Report from the Commission for the Reform of the Public Authorities (CORA), aimed at correcting inefficiencies and redundancies in the area of powers, to promote a modern, transparent and flexible Public Administration, as well as to achieve a public sector in which overlaps, duplications and unnecessary expenses are a thing of the past. The measures proposed in the report seek, in essence, to streamline existing administrative processes (incorporating new technologies), to reduce administrative burdens for citizens and companies and to avoid overlap and duplications among the various administrative levels.
From the standpoint of the private sector, notable among the CORA’s proposals are the implementation of the e-invoice, legislative simplification (through the approval of recast texts and the creation of a system of “common date of entry into force” for legislation), the approval of measures aimed at combating late payment by the Public Authorities, the reduction of charges in environmental-related procedures and at customs, the promotion of e-government, the creation of a single platform for all public sector procurement and the simplification of public procurement (including mechanisms that facilitate the creation and return of guarantees and increasing the amounts at which this classification is required), as well as the reduction of administrative formalities and costs required to start up companies.
The measures proposed by the CORA are especially addressed to the Central Government, so their implementation at the other government levels (autonomous community and local) will depend in large measure on the State’s ability to persuade those governments to see the need for and the effectiveness of the reforms and to sign up for the proposed measures.
Garrigues Administrative Law Department