VILLAR ARREGUI LAWYERS
has been involved in a wide range of regulatory projects in a variety of
sectors, particularly in Telecommunications (both Audiovisual and Radio),
Energy and Transport. The firm provides services to private and public
companies, as well as advising public bodies on regulatory matters.
The department also provides the
following: advice for companies operating in regulated sectors (transport,
telecommunications, television, energy supply, postal services); advice on
business projects which require administrative authorization; preparation
of draft legislation; analysis of the regulation affecting specific sectors
of the economy, together with proposals for regulatory reform.
In this latter area, the department has
drafted the following legislation and regulations: the current Railways Act
[Ley del Sector Ferroviario] and associated regulations [no entiendo INECO
2001-2003]; the Act regulating the Audiovisual Council of Navarra [Ley de
regulación del Consejo Audiovisual de Navarra (2001), the
Telecommunications Regulatory Plan for the Balearic Islands [Plan de
Ordenación de las Telecomunicaciones Balear] (2004-5); draft content for
the Catalan Telecommunications and Information Society Act [Ley de
Telecomunicaciones y Sociedad de la Información de Cataluña] (2004);
regulations governing the water cycle in the Community of Madrid (2007);
the Central American Convention on Intermodal Transport (World Bank, 2005);
the Hungarian High Speed Railway Project (World Bank 2007); the Republic of
Columbia Information Society Act (USAID 2006); and the law governing
transport in the Community of Madrid (October – December 2007).
The department also advises clients on
European Union law, providing high quality legal advice on EU law on
energy, transport, media and telecommunications and new technologies. It
took part in the European Commission’s project “Strengthening
Regulation/Enforcement of Telecommunications Acquis”, on incorporating EU directives
into Czech and Bulgarian law (2002 and 2005 respectively) before these two
countries joined the European Union.
This department has also prepared bills
and regulations to implement EU law in Spain, at both national and regional
level., particularly in the fields of telecommunications, television,
internet, and the electricity and transport sectors.