Royal Decree-Law 7/2021, of 27 April, has implemented into Spanish law EU Directive 2019/1 of 11 December 2018 empowering the competition authorities of Member States (OJ L11/3, 14.1.2019) (ECN+ Directive). The reform approved is less ambitious than anticipated by the preparatory works. No settlement procedure is introduced in line with that under EU law; neither is an also expected extension of the legal duration of antitrust proceedings (limited to 18 months, which is perceived as sometimes too short); fines on individual directors are left untouched at a maximum of €60,000, widely
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