November 24, 2014
Costa says Supply Law reform 'gives no new powers to the gov't'
Domestic Trade Secretary Augusto Costa rejected that the reform of the Supply law pushed by the Executive will give more intervention power to the government and stressed that it is not inspired by “international experiences”, in response to those who compared the bill to the policies implemented in Venezuela.
“Anyone who takes the time to read the bill to reform Law 20,680 –which becomes the new Regulation of Production and Consumption Relations Law- will see that there are no new powers for the Domestic Trade Secretary. On the contrary, it limits and defines more clearly the implementation of the law,” Costa said during an interview with a local newspaper.
The official also denied that the reform was based on “other international experiences”, in response to opposition critics who compared the bill to Venezuelan policies. Costa rejected claims of alleged inconstitutionality saying they belong in “the realm of speculation”.
He pointed out that the bill seeks to boost “the State’s ability to protect the weakest links of the production and consumption chain: the small-scale producers and companies, consumers and workers”.
Costa said the government is “open to contributions” to the bill and urged opposition leaders to take their criticism to the Congress, where the reform will be discussed.