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Restaurants and bars promised less bureaucracy in coming year 

Restaurants, bars and cafeterias will benefit from simplified administrative procedures and less bureaucratic obstacles in 2018, the Canary Government has promised.

The new regulations are expected to be approved in the first half of this year.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Isaac Castellano said the Government of the Canary Islands “will promote the reduction of administrative procedures and bureaucratic obstacles for restaurants, bars and cafeterias located in tourist areas by means of the modification of the decree that regulates the tourist activity of restoration”.

This was stated during his speech in Parliament in which he explained that this amend-ment is expected to be approved in the first quarter of 2018.

Isaac Castellano explained that in the draft Decree modifying Decree 90/2010, of July 22, “all those provisions that are already contemplated in other regulations that apply to bars, cafeterias and restaurants have been elimi-nated. simplify regulations and reduce requirements without undermining user rights. “

He explained that the draft “is the result of consensus” reached during the previous meetings held with employers’ organisations in the sector in which they transferred their views on the decree to be modified. Its objective is “to guarantee and increase the quality of tourism activities, consumer rights and working conditions of professionals,” he added.

In this sense, the modification of the decree will allow “the establishment of unique start-up procedures, based on the single-window principle and in accordance with current legislation”, while “guaranteeing the simplifi-cation of inspection tasks and the definition of competencies, so that they are from a single administration, ” he said.

The Minister noted that “in the Canary Islands there are about 8,000 restaurants, of which approximately half are located in tourist munici-palities, a figure that shows the importance of this subsector.”

In addition, he stressed that many of the regulatory aspects that affect the opening and putting into service of restaurants, bars and cafes are not tourism issues but affect other departments of the Government of the Canary Islands, such as finance, industry or health and municipalities with which “we have worked together, since the modification has an impact on the regulations that have to do with the regulation of consumption”.