Updated Monday,27November2023 - 12:03

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Ninety years behind us allow us to have a deep knowledge of the environment in which we move, in which we carry out our functions. I don't want to put in my backpack all the years that have passed since our ancestors, the solicitors, saw the light, back in the fifteenth century. These 90 years are enough to treasure a very useful experience to forge our future.

We have been able to evolve with our society, sometimes at the same speed and sometimes faster. We have been part of the solution, on many occasions, to make life easier for citizens, companies and the self-employed. For example, the significant growth in vehicle registrations during the last years of the 70s led the Ministry of the Interior to create the professional certificate issued by the Administrative Agents so that the vehicles pending registration could circulate when the documentation had already passed through their hands. And that alleviated the problems of administrative traffic jam that had been created in the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT).

Our profession is the main social collaborator in carrying out procedures before the Administration on behalf of our clients, a large part of which are carried out electronically. We have agreements and management assignments signed with the DGT, the Tax Agency (AEAT), the Social Security (both the National Social Security Institute and the General Treasury of the Social Security), the General Directorate of the Cadastre and many other public bodies.

In 2007, following the enactment of Law 11/2007 on citizens' electronic access to public services, we were able to see where the future had to go, and we began a profound process of mechanization that would allow certain processes to be telematized, even if the Administration had not been able to mechanize them. And always, financed by the Administrative Managers themselves. Thanks to this, the 22 existing Professional Associations have five computer platforms that facilitate some of the most important procedures for our citizens.

Thanks to all this experience and the work we have been doing over the last 20 years, we were included as an essential profession in Royal Decree-Law 10/2020 of 29 March. Although it was a very important step for our group, the substantive thing came later, with the work we did to ensure that taxes were paid on time, as well as social security, or that ERTEs could be filed, in addition to helping the self-employed and SMEs to apply for covid loans with ICO guarantee and also direct aid, among other services.

Today, the Administrative Agents have become an essential companion for small and medium-sized businesses, to which we incorporate their companies and make all subsequent modifications, in addition to registering them with Social Security (for them and their employees), preparing tax returns and collaborating with them in the company's own strategy. apply for grants, manage your finances... And also with citizens, whom we help with taxes, the application for certificates and the management of any public document.

A few years ago, we decided to share the knowledge we have about the real economy, because we know how business goes in real time. We anticipate cycles, we know immediately how macro and microeconomic changes affect them (variations in prices, interest rates, the minimum wage, etc.). We also foresee whether or not a standard will be acceptable to businesses or if there will be problems in its implementation... For all these reasons, in the middle of the pandemic, we decided to launch our gA Barometer. We have promoted the roles of Administrative Management, the Council Magazine and other activities that allow us to share knowledge and experience.

But we must not stop here. That's why we're working for the future. There are five axes that guide our steps: the drafting of a Law on Administrative Social Collaboration that regulates relations between social partners and citizens and the Public Administration; the objective of becoming a regulated profession, allowing and facilitating the export of Administrative Agents to other countries; the creation of a dual vocational training programme to prepare employees of management companies; the internationalization of the profession, making it better known in Brussels, working with Spanish consulates abroad and offering our services in other countries, and the expansion of agreements with other bodies and institutions, identifying those that may be essential in supporting our clients: notaries, registrars, DGT, AEAT...

So far, we have grown Administrative Management in our country. But the time has come to make it international. If there is a profession in Spain that does not exist in any other country, which helps to reduce bureaucracy and speed up procedures, we have to be able to export it to a Europe that legislates more and more, that wants to control business more and more, and that makes its existence more and more difficult.

We are facing a new challenge for our profession. It is likely that we are facing a new paradigm that will transform it. The future of Administrative Managers, in any case, has only one owner: the Administrative Managers themselves.

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