Interministerial Committees
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Interministerial Committees
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The Interministerial Committees, in Spain, are a collective work body and sometimes decision-making-body consisting of senior officials of the State Administration belonging to different departments. To be considered an interministerial committee it is needed to be composed by at least three members and be able to make decisions, make proposals, advise or control a specific matter.

Unlike the Government Delegated Committees, to this committees may attend officials from other administrations or representatives of social interest organizations.[1]

Common notes

Powers

The powers of the interministerial committees vary among themselves since their specific functions are established in their constitutive instrument. However, they need to have one of this competences:[1]

  • Decision-making powers.
  • The power for proposing or issuance of compulsory reports that should serve as a basis for decisions of other administrative bodies.
  • Powers to monitor or control the actions of other bodies of the General State Administration.

Requirements

The constitutive instrument of this committees is not always the same:[1]

  • If the chair of the committee has the rank of director-general or more, a royal decree it is needed.
  • If the chair of the committee has a lower rank of that of director-general, a joint ministerial order it is needed (this means, an order issued by the ministers of the departments involved).

Current committees

These are some of the committees that are currently active:

Name Chair Deputy Chair Scope
Defence[2] The Secretary-General for Defence Policy The Director-General for Defence Policy To prepare the meetings of the National Defence Council and execute its decisions and to prepare the defence resources in case of crisis.
European Union Affairs[3] The Secretary of State for the European Union The Secretary of State for Economy and Business To coordinate the Administration action in the EU and to resolve inter-ministerial issues, mainly of economic nature.
Immigration Affairs[4] The Secretary of State for Migration To consider issues relating on immigration and the right of asylum and to make studies and reports about the European and national migration policy and its consequences.
Tourism[5] The Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism The Secretary of State for Tourism To consider issues relating on tourism.
Statistics[6] The President of the National Statistics Institute To consider issues relating statistics and support the Superior Council of Statistics.
Medicine Prices The Secretary-General for Health and Consumer Affairs The Director-General for the Basic Portfolio of Services of the NHS and Pharmacy To establish the maximum prize of medicines offered by the National Health System and to consider matters about state-finance medicines.
Equality between Women and Men The Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Equality The Secretary of State for Equality To oversee the integration of the principle of Equal Treatment within the Administration as well as coordinating the different department policies on equality and eradication of violence against women.
Monitoring the Measures Adopted by the Congress' Defense Committee The Minister of Defence The Under Secretary of Defence To consider matter relating the measures adopted by the Defence Committee of the Congress of Deputies as wells as improving the exchange of information between departments.
Implementation of BIM The Under Secretary of Development The Director-General for State Heritage To coordinate the implementation of the Building Information Modelling' methodology.
Climate Change and Energy Transition The Minister for the Ecological Transition The Secretary of State for Economy and Business To coordinate the actions on the National Plan for Energy and Climate, on decarbonization, on just transition and on the elaboration of the Climate Change and Energy Transition Draft Bill.
Ecological Criteria in Public Hiring The Under Secretary for the Ecological Transition The Director-General for State Heritage To coordinate the State Administration bodies and agencies in order to integrate an ecological criteria in public hiring.
Social Criteria in Public Hiring The Secretary of State for Social Services The Director-General for State Heritage To coordinate the State Administration bodies and agencies in order to integrate a social criteria in public hiring.
Marine Strategies The Secretary of State for Environment The Director-General for Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea To share and analyze common information about marine environment and to control and propose the marine strategies.
Coordination of the State Peripheral Administration The Minister of Territorial Policy and Civil Service The Secretary of State for Territorial Policy To coordinate the Peripheral Administration and to facilitate the exchange of information.
Evaluation and Accreditation of Professional Competences Acquired by Work Experience Director-General of the Public State Employment Service/Director General for Vocational Training Director-General of the Public State Employment Service/Director General for Vocational Training To evaluate and boost the requirements applied by the Administrations to recognize the experience acquired by work and not just by study.
National Action Plan for Social Inclusion The Minister of Labour The Secretary of State for Social Services To consider European or national matters relating social inclusion and social protection.
Treaties and Other International Agreements To coordinate the State, the regions and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla in the compliance with international treaties.
International Cooperation The Secretary of State for International Cooperation The Director-General for Sustainable Development Policies To coordinate the international cooperation policies of the different administrations and elaborate the Master Plan and the Annual Plan about this matters.
International Aerospace Policy The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Under Secretary of Development To advise the Government on international aviation and space policy.
International Maritime Policy The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Under Secretary of Development To advise the Government on maritime issues relevant to Spain.
Weapons and Explosives[7] The Technical Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Interior The Deputy Technical Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Interior To consider issues relating the weapons and explosives regulation.
National Plan for Preventive Actions against the Effects of Excess Temperatures on Health[8] The Director-General for Public Health, Quality and Innovation To consider preventive actions and strategies to ensure a proper application of the National Plan for Preventive Actions against the Effects of Excess Temperatures on Health.
Coordination of Cultural 1%[9] The Minister of Culture and Sport To establish the conservation plans financed by the 1% legal tax on every public work destined to the conservation of the Spanish historical heritage.
Rural Environment[10] The Minister for the Ecological Transition To consider issues relating rural development.
Coordination of the Defence and Development Ministries[11] The Chief of the Operations Division of the Air Force Staff The Technical Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Development To consider all aire-related matters involving both ministries.
Steel Structures[12] The Technical Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Development To consider matters relating to the use of steel on infraestructures.
Concrete[13] The Technical Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Development To consider matters relating to Concrete or prefabricated related materials.
Coordination of the Transport of Perishable Goods[14] The Under Secretary of Development To consider issues relating the transportation of perishable goods and to serve as a connection port between the international organizations and the national administrations.
National Climate Council[15] The Minister for the Ecological Transition The Secretary of State for Climate Change To make recommendations about the government policy on climate change.
Follow-up of the UK withdrawal from the EU The Deputy Prime Minister Created in 2016 to follow up all the matters relating the UK withdrawal from the EU.

References

  1. ^ a b c "2015 Legal Regime of the Public Sector Act". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Royal Decree 1310/2007, of October 5, which regulates the operation regime of the National Defense Council and the composition and functions of the Interministerial Committee for Defence". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Royal Decree 1567/1985, of September 2, creating the Interministerial Committee for Economic Affairs related to the European Communities". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Royal Decree 1946/2000, of December 1, which regulates the composition and operation of the Interministerial Committee for Immigration Affairs". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Royal Decree 7/2019, of January 18, which modifies Royal Decree 6/1994, of January 14, by which the Interministerial Committee for Tourism is created". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Royal Decree 1036/1990, of July 27, which regulates the nature, functions, composition, organization and operation of the Interministerial Committee for Statistics". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Order 631/2002, of March 15, which regulates the composition and functions of the Standing Interministerial Committee on Weapons and Explosives". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Orden PRE/1518/2004, de 28 de mayo, por la que se crea la Comisión Interministerial para la aplicación efectiva del Plan Nacional de Actuaciones Preventivas de los Efectos del Exceso de Temperaturas sobre la Salud" [Order 1518/2004, of May 28, by which the Interministerial Committee on the Effective Application of the National Plan of Preventive Actions of the Effects of Excess of Temperatures on Health is created.]. www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Royal Decree 1893/2004, of September 10, which creates the Interministerial Committee on the Coordination of the Cultural One Percent Tax". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "BOE.es - Documento consolidado BOE-A-2008-8999". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Order of November 8, 1979". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Order of April 26, 2001 establishing the Standing Interministerial Committee on Steel Structures". boe.es. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Royal Decree 1177/1992, of October 2, by which the Standing Committee on Concrete is restructured". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "BOE.es - Documento consolidado BOE-A-2001-17996". www.boe.es. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Royal Decree 415/2014, of June 6, which regulates the composition and functions of the National Climate Council". www.boe.es. Retrieved .

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