SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct 28 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Governing Council approved this Thursday the draft of the first Law of Cooperative Societies of the Canary Islands and agreed to refer it to the regional Parliament for political debate and final ratification as the last step of a pioneering rule in the Archipelago.
The legal text, which already has the favorable report of the Advisory Council, assumes exclusive competence in matters of cooperatives and social economy entities by mandate corresponding to the Statute of Autonomy, after its reform in 2018 and in the specific framework, in addition, of the necessary recovery of the productive fabric through the Reactive Plan against the COVID-19 pandemic.
After pronouncing in favor of the bill at the end of July, the Government now incorporates in its entirety the various observations of the Consultative Council of the Canary Islands to repair the specific overlap with the basic competence of the state, although the mandatory opinion of the independent body values the new standard favorably upon concluding that it conforms to the applicable regulatory parameters.
Since the approval of the draft in September 2020, the first norm on cooperative societies of the Archipelago includes 35 observations made by various entities of the sectors involved and the different departments of the autonomous administration through the public consultation period and the established hearing procedures.
Currently, the Canary Islands have 222 cooperative societies registered with Social Security (102 in Las Palmas and 120 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife), mostly in the commerce and hospitality sectors (37.2%), professional activities and auxiliary services (14.2%) together with agriculture, livestock and fishing (12.78), with a total of 4,435 workers (1,570 in the eastern province and 3,065 in the western one).
In addition to regulating and promoting cooperatives with registered offices in the Canary Islands by updating existing legislation and including regional peculiarities, the new text aims to promote these entities, without losing their characteristic community perspectives, as a fundamental instrument for development. economic situation of the Islands, within a competitive situation comparable to other corporate models.
To do this, the bill introduces some new features with respect to current regulations. For example, the simplification of procedures in the processes of incorporation, extinction and other matters of a registry nature (structural modifications of division, merger or other transformations); the possibility of substituting the governing council for a unipersonal body (sole administration) as social management for those entities with less than ten members; or the reduction of the minimum number of members indefinitely from three to two in associated work cooperatives, in addition to the conceptual improvement of the different classes or the possible use of new technologies (assembly voting through telematic procedures).
Structured in three titles, with eleven chapters the first and two the second, the project of the Law of Social Economy of the Canary Islands is made up of 144 articles, in addition to six additional provisions, three transitory, one repeal and two final.