The regulation presented by the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) on the determination of the price caps for the sale of LP gas It was carried out without a prior analysis of its impact, said the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex).
In a statement, the top body of the business sector said that the regulation starts from a model of a hypothetical efficient distribution plant, of which the elements and data used for its design have not yet been clarified, and it divides the country into 145 regions, each with a different price cap.
“We consider that the Ministry of Energy (Sener) asked the CRE to issue a very complex pricing policy in just three days, which puts the quality of regulation at risk and does not allow enriching the content with the opinion of expert voices in the topic”.
The regulation, published on July 29 in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF), aims to define the methodology and criteria to determine the ceiling prices that will be applied to the sale of LP gas; According to Coparmex, this could generate irreversible effects on competitiveness in the nation.
“The regulation obtained an express process by Conamer, since it was published the same day it was received, with which any possibility of making an impact analysis and its respective public consultation was canceled,” he said.
He argued that it was detected that the CRE presented its proposal to Conamer as an emergency Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA), when he said, the correct thing should have been for it to be presented as a high-impact RIA, with an impact analysis on the competition. , so that the Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece) could express its technical pronouncement.
“We consider that to avoid that the population registers greater affectations to the family economy due to the increases in international prices, more efficient alternatives that are already contemplated in the Hydrocarbons Law should have been applied, such as the targeted subsidy, “he said.
He said that the Proposal does not comply with the Regulatory Improvement Law to be classified as an emergency AIRSince it is a natural evolution in price adjustment, it does not represent an imminent risk for the population.
“The regulation presented by the CRE and endorsed by CONAMER for its publication on the same day in the DOF, could cause irreversible effects on investment and participation of new actors, which works against the urgent economic reactivation and competitiveness of the country ”, He concluded.