Under review by the federal government since 2016, the Provisional Measure that will change the regulatory framework for the sanitation sector is expected to be sent to Congress in the coming weeks. The intended changes, however, face rejection mainly from state-owned companies.
According to the head of the special office of the Presidency’s Civil House, Martha Seillier, the text of the PM has been under discussion since November and should now go through the evaluation phase in the Cities, Planning and Environment ministries. “We started the bureaucratic phase, the gathering of signatures from the ministers in the legal opinions,” Martha said in an event sponsored by Abes, the association of sanitation engineers.
Abes took the front line of criticisms to the PM, regarding both in form and content – the desire was that the alterations come by a bill – with the support of state-owned sanitation companies in part of the discussions. The main disagreement point with the government is Article 10-A of the current draft, which makes it mandatory that municipal governments open public consultations when contracts with state-owned companies are renewed. Currently, this renewal can be done automatically.