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External Circular No. 019 -2020 of the UPME
Brigard Urrutia, June 2020

Regarding its functions, the UPME has been monitoring the demand for electrical energy and natural gas on a daily basis, in order to identify the impact of the measures taken to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the consumption of these energies. The following conclusions have been reached from this monitoring: Energy demand fell in April by 16.92% compared to the average scenario projected by the UPME and by 11.10% so far in May...

MME Memorandum on Safety and Health Measures at Work
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

As a complement to the Ministry of Health and Social Protection guide for the reduction of the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the Energy and mining industry, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (“MME”) together with the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Joint Memorandum 01 of 2020 (the “Memorandum”)...

Promotion of Technologies to Ease Interaction with Public Entities
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

Promotion of technologies to ease interaction with public entities Government establishes general guidelines for use of digital citizen services, in order to facilitate citizen interaction with public entities. The Ministry of ICT issued Decree 620 of 2020 to establish general guidelines that private (when performing administrative functions) and public entities must follow in the use and operation of digital citizen services...

Protocols for the Reactivation of the Construction Sector
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection was given the authority to determine and issue biosecurity protocols to mitigate, control, prevent the spread and properly manage the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. It is necessary to emphasize that all companies that reactivate their work must establish timely channels of communication between the employer and the worker to notify suspicious cases...

Addendum No. 11 of the PPAA
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

Despite the fact that the fall in oil prices and the health crisis caused by COVID-19 have severely hit the hydrocarbon industry worldwide, the National Hydrocarbon Agency ("ANH") published on April 28, 2020 the Addendum No 11 through which it modified the schedule of the Permanent Area Allocation Process (“PPAA”), thus ratifying the interest of the National Government in this industry...

Biosecurity protocol for building construction
Brigard Urrutia, May 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Resolution 682 adopting the biosecurity protocol for the control and management of COVID-19 in the building construction sector. This protocol is complementary to the general biosecurity protocol adopted through Resolution 666 of 2020 and to other measures implemented by each company. This biosecurity protocol includes the following measures: 1. General biosecurity measures 2. Additional measures 2.1...

External Circular No. 100-00008 of the Superintendence of Corporations
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The new deadlines for the submission of financial statements are as follows: 1...

New Biosecurity Protocols for Specific Industries
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection issued Resolutions 677, 679 and 681 adopting the biosecurity protocols for the control and management of COVID-19 risk in the transportation, transportation infrastructure and games of luck and chance sectors. These protocols are complementary to the general biosecurity protocol adopted through Resolution 666 of 2020 and to other measures implemented by corresponding companies...

New Resolutions of the National Commission for Agricultural Credit
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

National Commission of Agricultural Credit issues resolutions, by which the capacity of the FAG and the validity of guarantees are modified. The National Commission for Agricultural Credit issued Resolution No...

Resolution 622 of 2020 of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Regulations to carry out inspection, surveillance & health control of water for human consumption through a protocol applied by competent entities. The protocol for inspection, monitoring and control of water quality for human consumption in rural areas should be adopted. This protocol and the procedures to be followed are established in the Technical Annex, which is part of the Resolution...

Extension of the Preventive Mandatory Isolation in Colombia
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Once again the national government extended the preventive mandatory isolation in the national territory. By means the Decree 593, 2020 issued by the Ministry of Interior under the sanitary emergency caused by the Covi-19, the national government extended the current mandatory isolation from April 27 at 00:00 to May 11 at 00:00. Pursuant to this Decree it is ordered to continue with the mandatory preventive isolation limiting the free circulation of individuals and vehicles...

New Guidelines for the Operation of the Manufacturing Sector
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Government issued new regulations setting the guidelines and adopting the biosecurity protocol for the operation of the manufacturing industry The Ministry of Work issued Resolution 675 adopting the biosecurity protocol for the management and control of COVID-19 risk in the manufacturing industry. This protocol is complementary to the protocol adopted through Resolution 666 of 2020 and to other measures adopted in each factory...

Deferred Payment of Invoices for Domestic Public Services
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

On April 16, 2020, by means of Resolution CRA 915 of 2020, the Commission for the Regulation of Water and Basic Sanitation established transitory regulatory measures for the deferred payment of invoices for domestic water and sewerage services and public sanitation services, within the framework of the emergency declared by the National Government due to COVID-19...

Procedural Terms Suspended Until May 10th with Exceptions
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Superior Council of the Judicial Branch extended suspension of procedural terms and deadlines until May 10th, with initial exceptions and some others. Agreement PCSJA20-11546 April 25, 2020 The Superior Council of the Judicial Branch extended the suspension of procedural deadlines until May the 10th, with certain exceptions: Constitutional (tutela) and Habeas Corpus actions*. The ones related to fundamental rights of life, health and personal freedom, are prioritized...

Preventive for Drivers and Operators in Transport Logistics Chain
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Circular provides guidance on protection matters, aimed at drivers and operators in the logistics chain of land and river cargo transport, companies and drivers of public road passenger transport services, special, individual, mass, collective, mixed, cable transport, land transport terminals, rail transport and concessionaires of mass transport systems, which continue to be implemented during the health emergency, in order to prevent, reduce exposure and mitigate the risk of exposur

Deferred Payment of Obligations Invoiced by the ASIC and LAC
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The CREG granted the possibility to defer the payment obligations of the marketers invoiced by XM S.A. E.S.P in their ASIC and LAC functions...

CREG Amends Measures for the Payment of Electricity Service Bills
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Public Utilities Superintendence submitted to the CREG concerns provided by public utility providers with respect to the provisions of Resolution 058 of 2020. In this regard, the main concern was that both workers in charge of measurement and users have shown reticence regarding the performing of consumptions measurements due to the high possibility of COVID 19 infection...

DIAN: Refund Requests Processed During the Health Emergency
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The DIAN issues Circular 06 of 2020 clarifying aspects related to the abbreviated processes of balances in favor refunds. The DIAN issued Circular 06 of 2020, which clarifies aspects related to the process of abbreviated refund established by Decree 535 of 2020. In this vein, the Circular indicates that until the end of the health emergency, the list of costs, expenses and deductions should not be attached to the request for summary refund...

DIAN: Tax Procedures Undertaken During the Health Emergency
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The DIAN issued Internal Circular No. 13 of April 18, 2020, establishing guidelines on the administrative processes to be carried out by the entity during the health crisis caused by COVID-19...

Invima will Prioritize Procedure of Medicines that Treat COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

INVIMA will prioritize the procedures for pharmaceutical products identified as essential for the treatment of symptoms and complications of COVID-19...

SIC Reinforces Protection for Rights of Users of Telecomms Services
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) issued an administrative order, through Resolution 19012 of 2020, to providers of telecommunications networks and services providers (TNSP) to safeguard the rights of its users. We highlight the following measures: For mobile phone and internet operators: inform users of postpaid and prepaid services of their rights during the state of emergency and the rules that apply to the suspension of service for non-payment on time...

Biosecurity Protocol for Management of COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

By means of Resolution 666 of 2020 the Ministry of Health and Social Protection adopts the general biosecurity protocol to mitigate, control and perform the adequate management of Covid-19 pandemic. 1. Purpose Adopt the general biosecurity protocol applicable to all economic and social activities and sectors of the public administration. The biosecurity protocols are orientated to minimize factors that may generate transmission of COVID-19 and are of mandatory compliance. 2...

Dates Adjusted for Payment of the National Tourism Tax
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Government postponed the filing due dates for the tax and other measures were taken in order to help the tourism sector. Due to the crisis generated by the COVID-19, the Government established through Decree 557 of 2020, that companies that provide international air passenger transport services, will have until October 30, 2020, to submit and pay the National Tourism Tax, corresponding to the first and second quarter of 2020...

Collection of Several Bancoldex Credit Lines
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Bancoldex credit lines that contribute to business sustainability and job preservation in the presence of COVID-19. This news is a compilation of all the credit lines that have been approved by Bancoldex in the last few weeks. Through Circular No...

Protective Guidelines for the Construction Sector
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

On April 11, 2020 the Colombian Government established protection guidelines applicable to all personnel working on on-going construction projects during the health emergency, applicable to the activities of the project itself, as well as to the supply chain and materials, in order to prevent, reduce exposure and mitigate the risk of infection by coronavirus COVID-19...

Decree 575 of 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

During the term of the health emergency declared by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection on the occasion of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic or during the term of any health emergency declared by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection on the occasion of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the following are modified: Article 7(1) of Law 105 1993, Article 8 of Law 688 of 2001, Article 98 of Law 1955 of 2019 Article 100 of Law 1955 of 2019, Article 19 of Law 336 of 1996

ANM Published a Resolution Regarding Mineral Resources and Reserves
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The National Mining Agency ("ANM") published, in recent days and after receiving comments from the public, the Resolution 100 of March 17, 2020 (the "Resolution"), which sets forth the conditions and periodicity for the submission of information on mineral resources and reserves in respect to a concession area...

INVIMA Extends List of Products Considered Non-Available Vital Product
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

New products related to the health emergency by COVID-19 are declared as Non-Available Vitals. Since the issuance of Minute Num. 3 dated March 24, 2020, the Colombian Sanitary Authority, INVIMA, has declared certain products, subdivided in 16 categories, as NON-AVAILABLE VITALS, which as such, can be commercialized without a sanitary registration...

External Circular 015 of 2020 Issued by the Superintendence of Finance
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Superintendence of Finance of Colombia issued External Circular 015 of 2020, whereby instructions related to the treatment of subsidy resources drawn by the State through Credit Institutions or Specialised Electronic Deposit Societies (SEDPES) within the framework of the Solidarity Income Programme are detailed...

Exceptions to the Restriction of Free Movement for the Mining Sector
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Through Circular 4011 of 2020, the Ministry of Mines and Energy presents the considerations regarding the application of the exceptions to the restriction of free movement for the Mining Sector, as established in Article 3 of Decree 531 of April 08, 2020, by means of which"(...) it gives instructions under the health emergency caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 and set measures for the maintenance of public order...

Automatic Approval for the Promotion of Foreign Financial Services
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Superintendence of Finance of Colombia (SFC) introduced, by means of External Circular 035 of December 27th, 2019, the automatic authorization of collaboration agreements for the promotion of foreign financial services or products entered into by a local stock brokerage firm or a local financial corporation and a foreign financial entity provided they comply with the following requirements...

INVIMA will have Preferential Fees for Micro and Small Businesses
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Decree Number 557 intends to take economical and tax related measures to relieve economic burden to some companies and charity and social solidarity organizations in the context of the economic emergency caused by COVID-19. Specifically, micro and small business as well as associations and solidarity non-profit organizations, will have special discounts applicable to the payment of administrative fees before the sanitary authority, INVIMA...

Recent Measures Concerning the Birth Certificate in Colombia
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Superintendence of Notaries and Registry and The National Civil Registry Authority issued new measures through Ruling 041 of 15 April 2020 for the prevention of spreading the Coronavirus COVID-19. These measures followed previous regulations issued through Rulings 031 and 037 of March 2020. The new regulation reminds who can request a birth certificate by presenting the certificate of live birth as provided in the law...

Decree 580 of 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Measures taken for water, sewage and sanitation public utilities, within the framework of the State of Emergency...

ANH Published the Final List of Qualified Companies for the PPAA
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

In accordance with the schedule of the Permanent Bidding Process ("PPAA"), the National Hydrocarbons Agency ("ANH") published on April 17 the final list of qualified companies to participate in the fourth cycle of this process, with which it is expected to reactivate the economy in Colombia...

Creation of Subaccount for Emergency Mitigation
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

On April 15, 2020, by means of Decree 559 of 2020, the President of the Republic ordered the creation of the Sub-account for emergency mitigation – Covid 19- within the National Fund for Disaster Risk Management. Its purpose will be to finance the provision of goods, services and works required to contain, mitigate and prevent the spread of the adverse effects derived from the COVID-19 pandemic in the Colombian population in condition of vulnerability...

Circular No.006 of April 2, 2020 about Colombia Responds Line
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

By means of Circular No...

National Government Adopted New Measures Regarding Transport Sector
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Recently, the National Government has extended the preemptive mandatory isolation measure through Decree 531 of 2020. This has led to a review of the measured that had already been taken in the transport and infrastructure sector through Decree 482 of 2020...

Measures to Temporarily Decrease Contributions to the Pension System
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

What is its purpose? Decree 558 seeks to adopt measures in the General Pension System in order to provide greater liquidity to employers, employees and independent contractors. It also seeks to protect pensioners under the programmed retirement scheme who receive a minimum monthly legal wage from a potential decapitalization of the pension savings accounts supporting the payment of their pension...

Transitional Measures for the Payment of Electricity Bills
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

For the enactment of Resolution 058, the CREG considered the norms provided by Article 3 of Legislative Decree 517 of 2020 and CREG Resolution 012 of 2020. The following is a brief description of these regulations’ content: (i) Article 3 of Legislative Decree 517 of 2020 provides for the possibility of CREG to adopt special temporary schemes to defer payment of invoices issued...

Findeter Able to Provide Liquidity to Domiciliary Public Itilities
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

As of the entry into force of Legislative Decree 581 of 2020 and until December 31, 2020, Findeter may grant direct loans to official, mixed and private domiciliary public utilities companies supervised by the Superintendence of Domiciliary Public Utilities, in order to provide them with liquidity or working capital...

CREG Adopts Transitional Measures for the Payment of Gas Bills
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

For the enactment of CREG Resolution 059, the CREG considered Article 3 of Legislative Decree 517 of 2020. Article 3 of Legislative Decree 517 of 2020 provides for the possibility of CREG to adopt special temporary schemes to defer the payment of invoices issued. In addition, it authorizes CREG to adopt all measures it deems necessary to mitigate the effects of the State of Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency on users and agents in the gas chain...

New Decree on Insolvency Proceedings
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

On 15 April 2020, the National Government issued Decree 560 of 2020, which adopts special transitional measures in insolvency processes, within the framework of the State of Emergency. The Decree modifies aspects of the current regime, adds mechanisms to protect the company and employment and, where appropriate, facilitate the reallocation of the debtor's resources to other uses through the liquidation process. 1...

Judicial Functions in Adoption Procedures
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Justice conferred judicial powers to the special public attorneys of family matters to carry on adoption procedures. The Ministry of Justice decided to confer judicial powers to the special public attorneys for family matters to carry on with the adoption procedures and guarantee the protection of children’s rights during the crisis generated by the COVID 19...

Temporary Measures for Health Sector
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

AUTHORIZATION TO RENDER SERVICES The Secretary of Health and territorial entities will authorize, within a short period of time, and temporarily, health service providers who are registered in the REPS to: Temporarily adapt a place not destined to render health services, inside or outside their facilities. Temporarily convert or adapt a health service to render another, for which the health service provider is not authorized for. Expand the capacity of an enabled service...

National Government Issues New Measures in the Mining & Energy Sector
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The National Government, considering the economic, social and environmental emergency caused by COVID-19, has issued Decree 574 of 2020, aiming to conjure the effects of the emergency over the mining sector and to adopt measures that seek to guarantee the continuity of the power energy and gas public service provision. The National Government has identified the need to temporarily relief and suspend the compliance of certain legal and contractual obligation of some mining titles...

Resolution 4985 of 2020, ANI’s New Measures
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

By means of Resolution 4985 of 2020 issued on April 13th, ANI updated the measures that had originally been taken through Resolution 471 of 2020 to face the health emergency declared by the National Government amid COVID-19 pandemic...

Supply of Personal Protection Equipment for Employees
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Through this Circular, the Ministry of Work recalls that all employers are obligated to provide their employees with proper protection equipment with the safety and efficiency conditions required according to the risk´s nature...

CREG Resolution 034 of 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The alternative means for reporting the daily offer and the declaration of availability are modified. The definition of "Price Offer and Start-Stop Prices" in numeral 3.1 of the Operation Code, Resolution CREG 025 of 1995, is modified. The new definition is as follows: "Price Offer and Start-Stop PricesThe electronic transmission of data established by CND will be used as the main means for sending information on offers to CND...

Public Procurement Measures
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

On March 20, 2020, through Decree 440 of 2020, the President of the Republic adopted various emergency measures on public procurement, which will be in force within the framework of the declaration of a State of Emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic...

Simplified Procedure to Claim Income Tax and VAT Balances in Favor
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Finance published Decree 535 of 2020, which establishes a simplified procedure for the reimbursement or compensation of balances in favor of Income Tax and Value added Tax ("VAT") amid the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the Decree, the simplified procedure implies that requests for the reimbursement or compensation that are duly filed within the health emergency, will be decided by the Tax Office within 15 working days after their submission...

Measures Adopted Due to Extension of Preventive Mandatory Insolation
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

By means of the Decree 531, 2020 issued by the Ministry of the Interior under the economic, social and ecological emergency, the national government extended the current mandatory preventive isolation from April 13 at 00:00 hours until April 27 at 00:00 hours to continue the mitigation process of the sanitary emergency caused by the Covid-19. Pursuant to this Decree, the free circulation of individuals is restricted in the entire country...

Continuation of Mandatory Preventive Isolation in Bogotá
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

By means of Decree 106 of 2020, it is ordered to give continuation to the mandatory preventive isolation in Bogotá D.C., from April 13, 2020, until April 27, 2020. This, taking into account that it was instructed by the president of the Republic, as a measure to avoid the extension of the COVID-19 contagion, within the framework of the declaration of economic, social and ecological emergency declared in the national territory...

ANH Publishes Transitional Measures to Support the O&G Industry
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

In order to implement transitional measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the fall in international hydrocarbons prices and the public health emergency caused by COVID-19, the National Hydrocarbon Agency (“ANH”), issued Agreement 2 of 2020 (the “Agreement”)...

Decree 513 of 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Measures are established for public investment projects that can be financed with resources from the General System of Royalties...

Decree 517 of 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Provisions for electric power and fuel gas utilities, within the framework of the State of Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency...

Decree 528 0f 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Measures for the public services of aqueduct, sewerage and sanitation are dictated within the framework of the State of Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency The public services of aqueduct, sewerage and/or sanitation may defer the collection of the fixed charge and unsubsidized consumption to residential users of stratum 1 and 2 for a period of thirty-six (36) months...

CREG Resolution 043 of 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Transitional rules adopted with regards to supply limitation of Resolution CREG 116 of 1998 and withdrawal from market of Resolution CREG 156 of 2011. During the following three months, the supply limitation programs, which imply possible cuts to users, of CREG Resolution 116 of 1998 and other regulations that modify or supplement it, will not be applied...

Solidarity Income Program Addresses Needs of Vulnerable Households
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit issued Legislative Decree 518 of 2020, which created the Solidarity Income Program in order to meet the needs of households in situations of poverty and vulnerability throughout the national territory, in the context of the State of Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency...

Implementation of Decrees 457 and 482 of 2020 Regarding Transport
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The circular makes provision for the following services: 1. The public service of land transport of cargo. The exceptions referred to in Decree 457 do not specify a type of vehicle, but rather limit the cargo transport service to that which corresponds to the goods strictly necessary to prevent, mitigate and attend to the emergency and which are listed in Article 3 of the same Decree, as well as the cargo transport of imports and exports. 2...

Requirements to Manufacture Disinfectants and Antiseptics COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

In order to avoid the shortage of antiseptic and disinfectant products for external use, the Colombian Ministry of Health issued Resolution 520 of March 28, 2020 in order to establish new requirements for the manufacture of the above-mentioned products within the Colombian territory...

INVIMA's Measures until the Health Emergency Remains in Force
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Through Resolution 2020012926 of April 3, 2020, INVIMA formalizes the measures adopted in connection with the person to person attention and proceedings that will be carried out before the entity during the health emergency, as well as the suspension of terms for some of INVIMA´s actions...

Corporate Income Tax Filing and Paying Due Dates Postponed
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Finance published Decree 520 of April 6, 2020, modifying the dates for filing and paying income tax returns of large taxpayers and legal entities, as well as the annual statement of assets held abroad. Accordingly, Decree 520 of 2020 establishes that the income tax returns of large taxpayers will be filed simultaneously with the third installment instead of the second one, as was previously provided by Decree 435, published on March 19, 2020...

Decisions Related to Antioquia’s Secretary of Mines
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Mines and Energy, through Resolution 40115 of 2020, extended until December 31, 2020 the delegation of the inspection function carried out by the department of Antioquia. On the other hand, the Secretary of Mines of Antioquia extended the suspension of some administrative actions until April 13, 2020...

Fitch Downgrades Colombia's Rating to BBB-
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

According to the report published by Fitch Ratings, the sharp fall in oil and the efforts of the National Government to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic are the main causes of the weakening of the fiscal and economic capacity of the country that has resulted in the rating downgrade from BBB to BBB-, the lowest rating within investment grade...

Superintendence of Finance Orders the Resumption of Terms
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Superintendence of Finance issued resolution 368 of 2020 in which it adopted special measures for the attention of the public and the provision of services by this entity. Through this regulation, the SFC ordered the resumption of terms of all the administrative actions carried out by the SFC, as of April 2, 2020...

Training and Prevention of Service Delivery Staff Due to Covid-19
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

Employers, contracting companies, enterprises and individuals who use employees, contractors, or people in arrangements of phone or cellphone orders, website orders, mobile apps, digital platform, gig economy, and freelancers, for delivery service or the purchase and delivery of goods and merchandise, must comply with the following prevention and promotional measures: Set appropriate communication channels for notifying suspected cases of Covid-19 to the District, Department or Munici

Measures Established for FNG Strengthening
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit issued Legislative Decree 492 of 2020, which establishes measures for the strengthening of the National Guarantee Fund (FNG) and makes provisions for resources, within the framework of Decree 417 of 2020 which declared the Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency...

ANM and ANH Extended Suspensions of Administrative Activities
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The National Mining Agency ("ANM") and the National Hydrocarbons Agency ("ANH") published resolutions by means of which they extended the suspensions of some of their activities during the preventive isolation decreed by the National Government. First, the ANM published the Resolution No. 116 of 2020, by means of which it extended until April 12, the suspensions set forth in its Resolution 096 of 2020...

Quality and Continuity of the Aqueduct, Sewerage and Waste Utilities
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

In response to the State of Health Emergency, and the State of Economic, Cultural and Ecological Emergency, issued by the National Government, the Public Utilities Superintendence mentions that the events of climate variability can threaten the provision of public water utility by reducing water resources...

CREG Resolution 038 of 2020
Brigard Urrutia, April 2020

The mechanism to carry out the commercialization of the increased availability of LPG from the Cusiana source...

ANH: Documents to Face COVID-19 and the Fall in Crude Oil Prices
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

ANH published an Addendum to the PPAA and the draft agreement on measures to strengthen the sector. The National Hydrocarbons Agency ("ANH") joins the emergency measures adopted by the National Government to face the health contingency due to the propagation of COVID-19 and the international fall in oil prices...

Suspension of Activities in the Mining and Energy Sector
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The mining and energy sector, through its competent authorities, joins the National Government's contingency measures to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The measures adopted correspond mainly to the suspension of specific activities that require on-site attention and the suspension of procedural terms for particular requirements and situations...

Changes in the Cultural Sector
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The Ministry of Culture issued Decree 475, 2020, to amend the cultural sector’s conditions due to coronavirus. Due to the health crisis, the Ministry of Culture issued Decree 475, 2020, to amend the payment conditions of the pro-culture stamp duty, the contribution to public shows and the film development fee are modified. According to Decree 475, 2020, Governors and Mayors must transfer 20% of the culture stamp duty for the social security of creators and cultural managers...

IDU Suspended Contracts, Agreements and Supervision Contracts
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Through Resolution 2782, the Institute of Urban Development - IDU ordered suspension of contracts and agreements with certain exceptions. Through Resolution 2782 of March 24, 2020, and given the health emergency generated by Covid-19, the General Director of the Institute of Urban Development - IDU ordered the suspension of: (i) Road infrastructure civil work contracts in Bogotá D.C, with the following exceptions: Attending emergency situations due to nature events...

How is the SIC Working at the Moment?
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

In recent days, COVID-19 has been the greatest destabilizer worldwide. The World Health Organization defines coronavirus as an extensive family of viruses that cause respiratory infections that can range from common cold to serious health complications such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)...

INVIMA Issued List of Non-Available Vital Products for Care COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

INVIMA’s specialized board for Medical Devices and other technologies issued a list of declared as Non-Available Vital Products to attend the emergency arising from COVID-19, which means that the import and / or local distribution of said products will be allowed in Colombia without having a Marketing Authorization...

INVIMA Closes its Offices and Opens Virtual Channels
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Due to the preventive isolation order issued through Decree 457 of March 22nd, 2020 and the powers granted to INVIMA in the sense of guaranteeing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19, within the current state of Economic, Social and Ecological energency...

Prohibition to Force Employees to Accept Unpaid Leaves
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

To prevent abuses arising from employers´ coercion to force employees to accept unpaid leaves in the context of the Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency derived from Covid-19, the Ministry of Work recalls the content of judgment C-930 of 2009...

Government Amends Justice and ADR Regulations
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The main measures included in the Government’s 491 Decree are: The service of process regarding Administrative acts will be online Terms and deadlines of Administrative proceedings are suspended. Suspension may be partial or total and related to some or to all the proceedings. Terms and deadlines will continue the day after the emergency ends. Suspension of the Statute of limitations related to administrative proceedings until the day when proceedings restart...

Legal Privacy Waiver to Combat COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Through External Circular No. 001 of March 23, 2020, the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) made clear that mobile phone operators and private entities in general have legal grounds to provide to the National Planning Department (DNP), as well as to public entities that so require it, personal data that is necessary to address, prevent, treat and/or control the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its effects...

Colombia Eases Antitrust Regulations for the Transportation Industry
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The Government of Colombia, using its emergency powers, issued Decree 482 on March 26, 2020, to take steps to protect the transportation industry and to ensure its viability during the COVID-19 emergency...

Alternatives to Employees and Employers to Promote Job Retention
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The Ministry of Work issues a statement announcing measures for employees and employers to promote job retention...

Creation of FOME to Meet the Needs of Resources
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Emergency Mitigation Fund (FOME, per its acronym in Spanish) is a fund without legal status of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit and will aim, within the framework of Decree 417 of 2020, to meet the needs of resources for health care, the adverse effects generated on the productive activity and the need for the economy to continue providing conditions that maintain employment and growth...

Ministry of Interior Makes Prevention Recommendations to Ethnic Groups
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The Ministry of the Interior issued Communication 015 of 2020, through which the Ministry set made recommendations for the prevention, containment, and mitigation of the coronavirus COVID19 in ethnic groups: indigenous peoples, the NARP communities (Black, Afro-Colombian, Raizales, and Palenqueras) and the PROM people...

Measures on the Provision of Public Transport Services
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Due to the declaration of the economic, social and environmental emergency generated by COVID-19 and in accordance with the preemptive mandatory isolation declared by Decree 457 of 2020, in addition to the need of guaranteeing the provision of the public transport service to insure access to health services and cargo supply to the population, the Ministry of Transport issued Decree 482 of 2020 to implement several measures applicable to the transport sector...

New Measures Adopted for the Aviation Industry
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

For the aviation industry, the Ministry of Transport has adopted the following measures: •  To expedite the return of balances in favor of airlines that have been claimed before the tax authority. •  To lay off, at the maximum level permitted by law, the air traffic controllers, firefighters, and aviation technical staff...

Bogota Amends 2020 Tax Filing Due Dates
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Due to the public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus, the Mayor's Office of Bogotá issued Decree 093 on March 25, 2020, to modify the dates to pay 2020 Property Tax and Vehicles Tax. The Property Tax for residential and non-residential properties will be due on June 5, 2020 (prior date was April 3rd, 2020) with a 10% discount or shall be paid in full by June 26, 2020 (prior date, June 19th, 2020)...

INVIMA Adopts Measures Regarding COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

INVIMA adopts measures aimed at efficiently facing the current health situation related to COVID-19, optimizing the processes that allow the commercialization of products necessary for the prevention of the virus and the evaluation of protocols to prevent it. 1. Declaration of products as Vital Unavailable. Due to the shortage of some supplies in general, the authority has declared that masks, antibacterial gel and disinfecting solutions as Vital Products Not Available...

Regulation of Measures Adopted to Comply with Preventive Isolation
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Decree 457 of 2020 issued a mandatory preventive isolation order for every resident of the Republic of Colombia, as a consequence of the economic, social and ecological emergency that has been declared in the national territory. In this regard, it is required to regulate the mandatory isolation ordered by Decree 092 of 2020 in Bogotá D.C...

National Government Orders Mandatory Preventive Isolation
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Within the framework of the state of health emergency due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, and in order to guarantee the rights to life, health and survival, the National Government ordered through Decree 457 of 2020 the mandatory preventive isolation for all inhabitants of the national territory. This measure will be applied between the zero hours (0:00 a.m.) of March 25, 2020 and the zero hours (0:00 am) of April 13, 2020...

Measures for the Diagnostic Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection dictates measures tending to guarantee the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19 The Ministry of Health and Social Protection has issued Decree 476 of 2020 by which it has decided to make the necessary changes for regulatory requirements to have flexibility in all proceedings related with Pharmaceutical, Phytotherapeutics, Medical Devices, Biomedical Equipment, In-Vitro Diagnostic Reagents, cosmetics and products of Domestic hygie

Considerations of MinEnergia on the Freedom of Movement Restriction
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

By means of Circular No. 4007 of 25 March 2020, the Ministry of Mines and Energy set out some considerations on the understanding of paragraphs 13 and 25 of Article 3 of Decree 457 of 2020, by which the National Government ordered the preventive isolation of all inhabitants of Colombia for a period of 19 days. Paragraphs 13 and 25 refer to exceptions to the restrictions on freedom of movement...

Eviction on Touristic Housing is Banned During Isolation Period
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

According to Decree 93, on March 25, 2020 the Mayor of Bogota urged the providers of touristic housing, meaning any person that grants the use over any kind real estate property in exchange for a price such as the managers of hotels or hostels, to refrain from evicting users under vulnerable conditions in case of default...

Government Measures Regarding Water, Sewerage & Sanitation utilities
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Within the framework of the State of Economic, Social and Ecological Emergency declared by the National Government through Decree 417 of 2020, by means of Decree 441 of 2020, the National Government ordered the following with respect to public water, sewage and sanitation services: (i) Any individual or legal entity providing the public domestic water utility who has residential users whose service have been suspended and/or cut off - except for those who were suspended because of conne

Access to Credits for Micro, Small and Medium Sized Companies
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

Article 1 of Decree 466 states that the National Guarantee Fund S.A. (hereinafter "NGF") must comply with and accredit a solvency ratio, which is determined based on the technical assets that must have a direct relationship with the risk assumed in its capacity as guarantor...

Special Deadlines for Private Equity Fund’s Investors Assemblies
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

The National Government issued Decree 434 of 2020 with the aim of mitigating the economic effects of COVID-19 in Colombian territory...

Containment and Preventive Actions to Prevent the Spread COVID-19
Brigard Urrutia, March 2020

At a press conference held on March 11, 2020, the Minister of Health introduced the new measures ordered by the president of the Republic with a view to preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. This new measure implies preventive self-isolation for 14 days to travelers arriving from China, Italy, France and Spain. Self-isolation is mandatory and must be carried out at the traveler's hotel or home...

 

 

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