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Portugal: Investment Visa Rules Expanded

(Sept. 16, 2015) Portugal recently altered the requirements for the issuance of permanent visas, to attract more foreigners to invest in the country. The change expanded the possibilities for obtaining a “gold visa” that enables foreigners to permanently live in Portugal and freely travel throughout the European Union. According to the new rules introduced by […]

Oman; Portugal: Convention to Avoid Double Taxation Signed

(May 7, 2015) The Portuguese Secretary of State for Fiscal Affairs, Paulo Nuncio, and the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman in Portugal, Humaid Al Maani, recently signed a convention to avoid double taxation and fiscal evasion in connection with income taxes of the residents of Portugal and Oman. (Portugal e Oman Assinam Convenção para […]

Portugal: “Medicine Baby” Authorized

(May 7, 2015) The National Council for Medically Assisted Procreation (Conselho Nacional de Procriação Medicamente Assistida) of Portugal for the first time authorized a couple whose five-year-old daughter suffers from leukemia to have a baby, selected from laboratory-generated embryos, who would be able to be a bone marrow donor compatible with his or her older […]

Portugal: Active Participation in EU Agreement on Climate and Energy

(Oct. 30, 2014) The Portuguese Minister of Environment, Territory Order, and Energy was quoted as saying that the agreement on Climate and Energy 2030 (reached at the European Council meeting of October 23-24, 2014) had the active participation of the Portuguese Prime Minister and is of the utmost importance, given that the European Union will […]

Portugal: Government Establishes Inter-Ministerial Coordination Commission on Ebola

(Oct. 28, 2014) On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission on the Coordination of the Response to Ebola, headed by the Ministry of Health, will comprise […]

Indonesia; Portugal: Energy, Mineral Resources MOU Signed

(Sept. 25, 2014) The Office of the Prime Minister of Portugal issued a statement announcing that on September 19, 2014, the country signed a memorandum of understanding with Indonesia in the area of energy and mineral resources. The MOU provides for the creation of a working group to identify opportunities for investment in the sector. […]

Cape Verde; Portugal: Signature of Protocol on Sustainable Energy

(Sept. 25, 2014) Portugal and Cape Verde signed a protocol in the area of sustainable energy on September 23, 2014, during the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in New York. The protocol aims to strengthen recovery in the context of sustainable energy. It was also signed by Luxembourg, Spain, and Austria. (Press Release, Ministério […]

Portugal: New Environmental Policy

(Apr. 16, 2014) On April 14, 2014, the Government of Portugal published Law No. 19, which defines the basis for the country’s environmental policy pursuant to the terms of articles 9 and 66 of the Constitution. (Lei No. 19/2014 de 14 de Abril, DIÁRIO DA REPÚBLICA No. 73, 1ª Série, 2400, LEGIX; Constituição da República […]

Portugal: New Regulation for Stem Cell Research

(Mar. 1, 2011) The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a bill of law on February 24, 2011, regulating the use of stem cells for human research on the prevention, diagnosis, and detection of the origin and treatment of degenerative diseases and diseases that cause irreversible destruction of tissues and organs. The purpose of the bill […]

Portugal: Improvement of the Justice System

(Feb. 25, 2011) On February 17, 2010, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a Resolution designed to improve the efficiency of the judicial system. The Resolution is the result of a project developed by the Ministry of Justice through the Commission on the Operational Efficiency of Justice. The Ministries of Justice and Finance, along with […]