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Monday, May 21, 2018

Mexican President Enacts General Law of Regulatory Improvement

Presidency of the Republic

"Today Mexico has taken a decisive step to reduce its regulatory lag, moving from a federal approach to a genuinely national vision, with the active participation of society," President Enrique Peña Nieto declared.

  • It is an antidote to the lack of transparency or opacity, corruption, arbitrariness, inefficiency, incongruity and lack of ethics in public service, he said.
  • In this administration, we pledged to establish a wide-ranging policy that would enable us to ensure that, from now on, the procedures that are required in the three orders of government and the various branches, are part of a system that will allow us to reduce costs, he said.
  • Between 2012 and 2018, the cost of procedures performed at the federal level was reduced from 4.25 percent with respect to GDP, to 2.58 percent, he said.
  • This means that there have been estimated savings of more than $200 billion pesos that Mexicans have no longer had to pay for the procedures they carry out in the federal order, he said.
  • Impunity and corruption become embedded in society when its institutions are weak or deficient. These evils do not disappear as a result of good wishes, but through institutions that guarantee compliance with the law, he said.
  • Today Mexico has taken a decisive step to reduce its regulatory lag, moving from a federal approach to a genuinely national vision, with the active participation of society, he declared.

President Enrique Peña Nieto enacted the General Law of Regulatory Improvement, which strengthens the legal framework that protects citizens against improvised or unconnected actions, and is, “An antidote to the lack of transparency or opacity, corruption, arbitrariness, inefficiency, incongruity and lack of ethics in public service.”

He pointed out that this Law, above all, “Empowers citizens by providing legal certainty regarding the times, procedures and costs of the procedures to be undertaken with the three orders of government.”

The president declared that during this administration, “We pledged to establish a wide-ranging policy, a structural change that would allow us to ensure that, from now on, the procedures required in the three orders of government, in the different branches, are part of a system that allows us to reduce costs.

He pointed out that as part of this commitment, “The Integral Strategy for Regulatory Improvement and Simplification of Administrative Procedures” was launched in 2015. The most tangible example of the Agreement issued at that time is the Two-for-One Agreement on Regulatory Matters, obliging federal agencies to eliminate two procedures for every new regulation proposed.”

He declared that as a result of these efforts, “Between 2012 and 2018, the federal regulatory burden, that is, the cost of procedures undertaken at the federal level, fell from 4.25 percent of GDP to 2.58 percent.”

To contextualize this important step, the president mentioned that the cost of procedures in member countries of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) “is on the order of 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product; in other words, in the federal sphere, we have come closer to the average cost in OECD countries.”

This means that there have been estimated savings of more than $200 billion pesos that Mexicans have no longer had to pay for the procedures they perform in the federal order.

President Peña Nieto highlighted four central axes of the law enacted due to their importance in the economic development of the country and the everyday life of Mexicans:

FIRST: “Regulatory improvement has been raised to the level of state policy, forcing the authorities of the three government orders to improve their regulations, simplify their procedures and improve their services.”

SECOND: “It creates a National Regulatory Improvement System that will link all the public authorities in order for them to share a common methodology in this area. It creates 32 state regulatory improvement systems and transforms COFEMER (Federal Commission for Regulatory Improvement) into a National Commission that will be the hub of the entire National Regulatory Improvement System.”

THIRD: “The National System will concentrate all the federal, state and municipal requirements into a single Internet portal. There will be a single file so that users do not have to resubmit documents they were previously asked for.”

FOURTH: “It involves society so that it ensures that what is embodied in this new order is actually fulfilled, through the creation of the National Observatory for Regulatory Improvement.”

The President said: “I am convinced that the National System of Regulatory Improvement we are enacting today, together with the National Anticorruption System and the National Transparency System, will be three pillars of public service in the 21st century.”

He declared that, “Impunity and corruption become embedded in society when its institutions are weak or deficient. These evils do not disappear as a result of good wishes, but through institutions that guarantee compliance with the law.”

“Today Mexico has taken a decisive step to reduce its regulatory lag, moving from a federal approach to a genuinely national vision, with the active participation of society. It is a step in the right direction in which there is undoubtedly much to be done, but today the foundations have been laid to organize everything that has to do with regulation that exists throughout the country, in all the branches and orders of government,” he explained.

He declared that, “A strong government is not synonymous with an omnipresent government, but with an agile, modern and efficient government that meets citizens’ demands in a timely fashion.”

He said that, “Stability and trust are achieved through actions and deeds, not promises or good intentions, which is why we have worked to have clear, simple and transparent regulation that generates confidence and certainty.”

Let society, the private sector and government continue working together to make public service more open, more reliable and, above all, closer to citizens," he urged.

The president thanked Congress, “For the support given to this initiative, which has enabled us to arrive at the enactment of this new regulation, which undoubtedly lays the foundations for Mexicans to pay less for the procedures they will have to carry out with various government agencies."

He also congratulated, “Members of academia, business chambers and civil society organizations, who enhanced this regulation with their opinions, proposals and experiences.”

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Presidency of the Republic, May 18, 2018, Mexico, DF; translation by Presidency of the Republic

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