The president of the Diputación de Valladolid, Jesús Julio Carnero, today opened the first informative day on the new Public Sector Contracts Law that the provincial institution has organized to mark the forthcoming entry into force of the new regulation, which will be effective from next March 9.
As Jesús Julio Carnero recalled, this upcoming entry into force of the law passed last November obliges to know the news and the implications that the new contracting rule entails for local entities, given that administrative contracting occupies an important part of the activity of these as administrations closer to the citizen.
After noting that, once again, the Diputación de Valladolid fulfills its reason d’être, which is nothing other than carrying out a permanent work of support, assistance, and cooperation with the municipalities, especially the smallest, Carnero has focused on some aspects of the new Law that tries to design a system of public procurement that pursues four specific objectives.
First, to provide public procurement with greater transparency, efficiency, control, and integrity. Second, simplify procedures and facilitate contracting with SMEs. And finally, implement policies on social, environmental, innovation and development, and defense of competition.
CHALLENGE FOR LOCAL ENTITIES
The president has stated that “adaptation to all the novelties of the Law is a major challenge for local entities, especially for the provincial councils in their role of advising and legal and technical cooperation to the smaller municipalities, in order to be able to achieve a more effective management of public contracts “.
In this regard, he recalled that the law insists on three key aspects. On the one hand, it requires greater planning and motivation for the public purchase of goods, services, and supplies. Secondly, and following the principles of the European Union, the law puts all its efforts into advertising the contract award procedures and their subsequent incidents, requiring the publication of all information in a Profile of the Employer that must be lodged of obligatory form in the Platform of Contracting of the Public Sector.
And finally, the European Union has promoted the professionalization of the entire recruitment process and this is manifested both in requirements for the personnel that manages the contracting procedures and when it comes to meeting the formal requirements that it demands.
BUDGET STABILITY AND EXPENDITURE RULE
The second part of the day has been dedicated to the analysis of the current situation around the Law of Budgetary Stability, Rule of Expenditure and Sustainable Investments.
In this regard, the president of the Diputación de Valladolid recalled that the economic crisis forced to establish in 2011 the Law of Budgetary Stability and Financial Sustainability and the concept of the Rule of Expenditure.
“But now, in the phase of overcoming the economic crisis, the truth is that a large majority of local entities are healthy, with very high treasury surpluses that hardly contribute revenue to the entities themselves, which has allowed a significant reduction in the debt, “says Carnero, who adds to the difficulty to use the surplus and surpluses.
For all this, and after remembering that local entities have been demanding, in addition to adequate and sufficient funding, that the Expenditure Rule be reviewed, “because they have been showing for a long time that they are healthy and balanced administrations and doing more than they can without having sufficient resources for it “, Jesús Julio Carnero has asked” that the announcement of the Minister of Finance and Public Administrations that a meeting of the National Commission of Local Administrations to carry out a redefinition will be convened promptly of the concept of financially sustainable investment and the Rule of Expenditure.
INFORMATION AND PERMANENT ADVICE
Carnero has finished his speech assuring that once again the Diputación de Valladolid is exerting an important work of support, assistance, and cooperation to the municipalities at a time when they can hardly respond to the constant news and obligations imposed by the legislator.
Today’s session was attended by speakers such as Jesús Mozo Amo, magistrate-judge of Contentious-Administrative and Secretary of Local Administration on leave, and Mª José Monzón Mayo, auditor of the Madrid City Council.
Today is the first of a series of information and advice days that will continue in the coming weeks, with different meetings in the territory, the first of them on Friday, March 9 in La Seca.