During December of last year, the National Congress passed the Law on Minimum Budgets for Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change. However, a large part of its provisions must be regulated by the National Executive Power to guarantee its operation.

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The brand new Law on Minimum Budgets for Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change No. 27,520 was enacted in December 2019, the month in which it was also enacted in fact, and is currently fully in force today. Despite this, much of the content of this regulation requires regulation by the National Executive Power for its implementation. It should be remembered that once a new law has been passed, it is the President of the Nation who must, through a regulatory decree, enable its execution (art. 99 inc. 2nd of the National Constitution).

Although the current context around the pandemic has prevented the normal operation of the public administration, the truth is that the progress of phases around Preventive and Compulsory Social Isolation, together with the implementation of virtual work mechanisms, have allowed to a certain extent the operation of state agencies. Such possibilities, added to the circumstance that the Argentine Republic is in a state of “Climatic Emergency”, make possible and demand the urgent regulation of the law for its effective operation.

In the absence of public information about regulatory projects, and in the face of a notorious delay on the part of the Executive Power, it is that we request information from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation in charge of Minister Juan Cabandié regarding the current state of the regulatory process. Such request is framed in the right guaranteed by articles 1, 2 subsection b, and 3 of the Law of Access to Public Environmental Information N ° 25,831. Based on a response, it will be possible to monitor whether there are advances in regulation, if there are instances of citizen participation, and if bodies such as the National Cabinet on Climate Change and its corresponding Advisory Council are in the process of being established. by regulations.

Contact

Juan Bautista Lopez, juanbautistalopez@fundeps.org