The terms are suspended and the periods of the administrative procedures in progress, regulated directly or indirectly by Law 39/2015 of the Common Administrative Procedure of the Public Administrations, are interrupted until the state of alarm ceases. in order to concentrate the resources of the Public Sector in the essential activities for the functioning of the State, while preserving the integrity and health of the public employees.

This measure was approved yesterday by the Council of Ministers and allows the interested parties to adapt their expectations of terms and deadlines to the duration of the state of alarm, without the declaration of the state of alarm being able to harm the ordinary relations of citizens with public administrations. This provision is excepted only for those cases in which the interested party expresses its agreement with the non-suspension or in cases closely linked to the facts justifying the state of alarm.

The Government considers that the functioning of the public sector must be adapted to the present circumstances and must reconcile the protection of the health of public employees with the proper functioning of public services, especially those that are essential to the community.

Regulatory summary approved in the Royal Decree

1. Suspension of the terms and interruption of the periods for processing the procedures of the entities of the Public Sector, until the date in which the present Royal Decree loses force or, in its case, the extensions of the same one.

2. Suspension of the terms and interruption of the terms in the entire Public Sector defined in Law 39/2015, of 1 October, on the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations.

3. Notwithstanding the above, the competent body may agree, by means of a reasoned resolution, to the measures of organisation and instruction strictly necessary to avoid serious damage to the rights and interests of the interested party in the procedure and provided that the interested party agrees, or when the interested party agrees that the time limit should not be suspended.

4. This provision shall not affect the procedures and decisions referred to in paragraph 1, where these concern situations closely linked to the facts justifying the State of Alarm.