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Decree Law No. 20/2019

Publication: Republic Diary No. 21/2019, Series I of 2019-01-30
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 20/2019
  • Pages: 666 - 674

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law puts into practice the transfer of powers from the central administration to the municipalities, just as provided by law.

The National Assembly decided to transfer powers from the State to the local autarchies and municipal entities. In order to put this into practice, it is necessary that decree-laws like this one establish how it shall be executed.

What is going to change?

The city councils’ presidents now hold powers over:

    • the collection and accommodation centres of pets
    • the profit-seeking accommodation places for the reproduction and creation of potentially danger animals
    • the contests and exhibits of pets
    • the keeping of pets on buildings
    • the actions or public campaigns of animals’ sickness prevention and combat
    • the class 3 explorations (small-sized) and the home keeping of production animals.

The city councils’ presidents now hold powers over the control of industrial establishments devoted to agro-food activities which:

    • are subject to a licensing coordinated by the city councils
    • need an opinion from the General-Directorate of Food and Veterinary to operate.
What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law aims to allow that some powers concerning animal protection and health and food safety are exercised by the municipalities, on a closer level to the populations and companies.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on the day following its publication.

The transfer of powers to the city councils and their presidents shall occur on 1 January 2019, but it only enters into force if the municipalities accept their exercise of these powers.

The municipalities which want to postpone the transfer of powers to 2020 shall inform the General-Directorate of Local Autarchies up to 60 days after this decree-law enters into force.

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