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Antonio Morales

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Antonio heads the Public Law, Infrastructure and Energy department at Baker McKenzie in Madrid since March 2019. Antonio is a State Attorney, on leave of absence, a recognised market leader in energy and natural resources and he has deep industry knowledge, creating trusted counsel relationships with global EMI players, having advised clients in the sector over the last 15 years. He is not only an expert in energy and infrastructure matters, but also one of the most recognised lawyers in the field of arbitration. During his time in the Spanish Administration, he served, among other senior positions, as the Secretary General of the Nuclear Safety Council.

On 2 February 2022, the Madrid Regional Council passed the Draft Open Market Bill, which is currently undergoing a parliamentary procedure at the Madrid Assembly and is expected to be passed by June 2022. Once it is passed, it will become enforceable three months after it is published in Madrid’s Official Regional Gazette. The approval of this Draft Bill takes place in a context in which the European Union has urged the Member States to adopt measures to eliminate obstacles to the free movement of goods and services, particularly after the economic and social crisis caused by the COVID-19.

Royal Decree-Law 36/2020¬†of 30 December 2020, establishing urgent measures to modernize the public administration and implement the government’s recovery, transformation and resilience plan (“RDL of Modernization”) was published on the last day of 2020 and entered into force on 1 January 2021.