Government Reform

As we have been reporting in recent years (i, ii, iii), from the European Parliament is imposed on Member States determined changes in the regulations governing the services of the information society, basically, the use of cookies on web pages. The deadline for incorporating these changes to the legal system of each State concluded on 25 May 2011, moment at which began to deal in Spain as an annex to a draft reform of the General telecommunications law. After several months of comings and goings of the text, the Government ahead of the elections and shortly afterwards disbanded the Parliament, so that all projects and proposals of law have expired and once constituted the new Government, back to start. What was already phase of Bill, returned to Bill, and for several months was as follows. Finally, unexpectedly, 10 months later, and without hardly media coverage, the Government has approved by means of Royal Decree-Law (reserved to matters of urgent need) the awaited, although by no means desired reform. The reader deems this example of wastebasket (and a little disaster also) that has been approved, published and put into force the weekend before Easter, catching us all with suitcases in the car: Royal Decree-Law 13/2012, of March 30, by which transposes directives on the internal electricity and gas markets and in the area of electronic communications, and by which adopt measures for correction of deviations by mismatches between the costs and revenues of gas and electric sectors developments are few but its unfortunate wording, the difficulty of the implementation of the measures that seem to be inferred, and its theoretical callability. from the day following its publication in Official Gazette placed the vast majority of responsible for web sites in a situation of potential infringement of the LSSI (with fines of up to) 150,000 euros).