Cooperatives in Costa Rica: NO to More Bureaucracy

In the view of the union of cooperatives the Law on Social Solidarity Economy being discussed in Congress is unnecessary and will only create more bureaucracy and duplicity of functions.

Monday, September 14, 2015

More bureaucracy, confusion in the application of the laws governing cooperatives and duplication of functions is what will come from, if approved, the Social Economy Act, which is being promoted by the Solis administration. This is the approach of the National Council of Cooperatives (Conacoop), an entity created by law and who has the power to make rules for the sector. reports that "...The cooperative claims that the law will generate more "red tape", as it aims to assign to the government functions to boost the social economy which are currently being performed by cooperative organizations in the private sector. "

According to the explanation given by Conacoop's Secretary General, Freddy Gonzalez, "... In particular, they criticize the creation of the National Council of Social Solidarity Economy (Conaess) under the Ministry of Labour, which would address the formulation of policies and strategies for the promotion of a social solidarity economy. 'We came to the overwhelming conclusion that it is a rehash of the laws that already exist, it could even generate friction with other laws. It does not strengthen social institutions'. "

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