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El Article 11 of Royal Decree 203/2021 of March 30, which approves the Regulations for the action and operation of the public sector by electronic means, determines that the electronic headquarters must identify the owner and the body or bodies in charge of management and the services made available to citizens therein.

According to Order ITC/842/2012, Of April 18, which creates the Electronic Headquarters of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, the electronic offices "are an electronic access point to those services that require the authentication of citizens or the administration, equipped with special conditions of identification, security and responsibility that guarantee truthful, updated and complete information."

Article 5 of this Ministerial Order creates the "General Subdirectorate of Support for Small and Medium Enterprises" as sub-headquarters of the electronic headquarters of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

The scope of application of this sub-headquarters will be that corresponding to the powers on business creation and support for SMEs entrusted to the General Directorate of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, who will be responsible for its technological management; without prejudice to the rest of the services of said General Directorate that will be presented through the headquarters of the Ministry.

Ownership of the Sub-Headquarters

According to the article of the Creation Order: "The ownership of the electronic sub-office will correspond to the  General Directorate of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises".

The Sub-Headquarters and the PAE Portal

Law 14/2013, of September 27, on support for entrepreneurs and their internationalization in its Chapter 4, article 13.4 determines that  ""all the necessary procedures for the constitution of companies, the effective start of an economic activity and its exercise by entrepreneurs , may be carried out through the electronic Entrepreneur Service Point of the Ministry of Industry and Tourism"".

In accordance with the provisions of the aforementioned Law, access to electronic services and other information elements is facilitated on a web portal that is hosted at this Sub-Headquarters under the name of PAE Portal.