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Transfer of powers of the State to the Municipalities from 2019

One of the pillars of the Portuguese Government's program for the legislature that is now nearing its end is the expansion of the participation of municipalities in the management of public services. Thus, and in a logic of greater proximity to the users or beneficiaries of these services, on the 16th of August 2018, was published the framework law on the transfer of powers to local authorities and inter-municipal entities (Law 50/2018, of Aug 16th), which established in a comprehensive manner the way in which this transfer of powers would take place, particularly through the creation of new tasks for local authorities or inter-municipal bodies, forms of financing and even transfers of human resources, where deemed necessary. Following the publication of this framework law, the legislative process was initiated, at the initiative of the Government, for the publication of specific diplomas for each of the areas whose competences will be transferred as from 1 January 2019. Such publications occurred in the last week of November 2018 and below is a brief summary of the diplomas.

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The New Local Accommodation

With the amendment to the local housing law coming into force, Parliament legislated with the main concern on maintaining the social realities existing in the cities and neighborhoods that have "suffered" with the increase of the flow of tourists in Portugal.

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Changes to the Golden Visa procedure

On 11 September 2018 was published in the Official Gazette of the Government of Portugal, Regulatory Decree no. 9/2018, of 11 September, which proceeds to the fourth amendment to Regulatory Decree No. 84/2007, of 5November, that regulates Law no. 23/2007, of July 4, on the legal regime of entry, stay, departure and deportation of foreigners from Portuguese territory.

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The Legal Regime of the Central Registry of the Ultimate Beneficiary

On August 21st, 2018, Ordinance No. 233/2018, which regulates the Legal Regime of the Central Registry of the Ultimate Beneficiary ("RGBE"), was published.

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