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Prevent and Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Real Estate Sector
PLMJ, September 2021

Regulation 603/2021 was approved by the Governing Board of the Institute of Public Markets, Real Estate and Construction I.P. (“IMPIC”) and came into force on 5 July 2021. The aim of this regulation (“Regulation”) is to establish and regulate the procedures to be adopted in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the real estate sector...

Outsourcing to Cloud Computing Service Providers
PLMJ, July 2021

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (“EIOPA”) is entrusted with 1 issuing guidelines and recommendations to Member States’ supervisory authorities on how insurance and reinsurance undertakings should apply the Solvency II Directive 2 in order to (i) establish consistent, efficient and effective supervisory practices and (ii) ensure the common, uniform and consistent application of Union law...

The IVAucher (VAT Voucher)
PLMJ, June 2021

The IVAucher programme was set up to stimulate private consumption in the sectors worst affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (catering, accommodation and culture). With regard to these sectors, “catering” is used in the broad sense to cover restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies providing food and beverage services, and “accommodation” refers to hotels and other short-stay accommodation for holidays and business travel...

In Judgment No. 318/2021, The Constitutional Court Declared the Unconstitutionality, with General Mandatory Force, of the 180-Day Trial Period in Employment Contracts of Indefinite Duration
PLMJ, June 2021

Although this issue was debated in the plenary session on 18 May 2021, the Judgment has not yet been published in the official gazette (Diário da República), so it has not yet taken effect.   However, the 180-day trial periods of contracts entered into before this declaration of unconstitutionality are not safeguarded. Therefore, in practice, we will have terminations of contracts during the trial periodthat may now be declared to be illegal dismissals.   1...

New Rules on Medical Devices
PLMJ, June 2021

Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of 5 April came into force on 26 May to create a single set of rules applicable to all medical devices, other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices. Here are some of the main changes to the rules that now come into force: 1. Broadening of the scope of application of the rules and of the concept of medical device   With this Regulation, medical devices without a medical purpose that have characteristics similar to medical devices (e.g...

Business Ethics: The Key Issues Surrounding the Code of Ethics
PLMJ, May 2021

There is a growing consensus among business stakeholders and society at large that mere compliance with legal rules is not enough tolive up to the requirements of business integrity. Moreover, legal rules often use vague concepts and ethics are also useful to give concrete expression to the required practices...

Legal Due Diligence and Human Rights: The Role of Companies and M&A Lawyers
PLMJ, May 2021

Legal due diligence processes are widely known in the context ofmergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate reorganisation projects. Their aim is to analyse the operations and organisation ofcompanies to identify their degree of compliance with applicable legal and contractual regulations, the level of risk of non-compliance, and the potential sources of legal and contractual liability...

Ban on the Advertising of Discounts on Medicine Prices
PLMJ, May 2021

Decree-Law 36/2021, which amends Decree-Law 176/2006 of 30 August ("Medicines Statute"), was published on 19 May. The new Decree-Law introduces a ban on the advertising of discounts on the price of medicines subject to medical prescription that are reimbursed by the National Health Service ("NHS") or that contain narcotic or psychotropic substances...

Proposal for a European Regulation on Markets in Crypto-Assets
PLMJ, May 2021

The Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on markets in cryptoassets, which amends Directive (EU) 2019/1937, ("Regulation on Markets in Crypto-assets", or the "MiCA Regulation" for short) was published on 24 September 20201. The Proposal is part of the Digital Finance Package adopted on the same date by the European Commission as part of the Digital Finance Strategy for the EU financial sector2...

News – Banking and Finance and Capital Markets 1st Quarter of 2021
PLMJ, May 2021

Below, you will find the issue of our Banking and Finance and Capital Markets newsletter for the 1st quarter of 2021, which compiles the most significant news in this area. BANKING AND FINANCE I. Banco de Portugal Banco de Portugal press release on the countercyclical capital buffer for the 2nd quarter of 2021. The countercyclical capital buffer percentage in force from 1 April 2021 will remain at 0% of the total amount of exposures (link)...

Moving Towards Future Electric Mobility: The Greatest Challenges
PLMJ, April 2021

Electric mobility represents a new language and a new dynamic for consumers who yearn for an accessible, extensive, digital, user-friendly charging network. In Portugal and abroad, the electric mobility sector has witnessed significant developments and it has shown itself to be a particularly dynamic market that is enjoying strong growth...

Angola Amendments to the Private Investment Law
PLMJ, April 2021

The Private Investment Law (Law 10/18 of 26 June) was amended by Law 10/21 of 22 April. The new law marks the return of the contractual system to the area of private investment. As a result, the current private investment systems are the following: i) Prior declaration system ii) Special system iii) Contractual system The contractual system is applicable to projects in any sector...

Angola Rules on the Application in Time of the Legislation Included in the Tax Package Approved in 2020
PLMJ, April 2021

In the context of the approval of the Tax Package, which is part of the tax reform process started in 2020, on 15 April 2021, the Angolan General Tax Administration (AGT) published Instruction 0033/ GACA/GJ/AGT/2021 (the “Instruction”). The aim of this Instruction is to clarify and standardise the rules for the application in time of the amendments made to the main Tax Codes, in particular, the Industrial Tax Code and the Employment Income Tax Code...

Initial Assessment of the Impact of Possible Legislative Changes in the Pharmaceutical Sector
PLMJ, April 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the difficulties in reacting at European level to a major health crisis and the intention of the European Commission is to respond more effectively to future problems in the area of health. As a result, it is currently conducting an initial assessment of possible legislative changes in the area of medicinal products for human use...

Angola: New Rules for Exchange Operations - Individuals
PLMJ, April 2021

The recent Notice 05/2021 of 14 April issued by Banco Nacional de Angola (the "Notice") introduces new rules and procedures that must be observed by individuals – whether or not they are residents for foreign exchange purposes – when carrying out foreign exchange transactions...

Legislative Proposal on Health Technology Assessment
PLMJ, April 2021

On 24 March 2021, the EU Member States agreed to begin negotiations with the European Parliament concerning a legislative proposal on health technology assessment. Health technology includes medicinal products, medical devices or medical and surgical procedures, as well as measures for disease prevention, diagnosis or treatment used in healthcare...

Clinical Trials in Portugal
PLMJ, April 2021

Research and development ("R&D") of medicinal products is fundamentally important in peoples’ daily lives. This is true both from an individual perspective – when considering the objective of identifying and treating pathologies (with a consequent increase in the quality of life of patients) – and from a collective perspective, when considering the role of R&D in controlling the spread of diseases and in eradicating them altogether...

Digital Nomads - Legal and Tax Framework
PLMJ, March 2021

In the context of a growing transition to a digital economy, the possibility of working anywhere in the world as a remote worker is gaining more and more supporters, and this trend has been encouraged and promoted by many global companies. The concept of digital nomadism focuses on a lifestyle and work that can be considered nomadic in the sense that it does not depend on a fixed location and allows freedom to move around for extended periods of time...

Strengthening Taxpayer Guarantees and Simplifying Procedures
PLMJ, March 2021

Law 7/2021 was published on 26 February and it amends the General Tax Law, the Tax Procedure and Process Code, the General Rules on Tax Infringements, and some other legislative acts. The aim of the new law is to strengthen taxpayers' guarantees and to simplify procedures in tax matters...

Extension of the Deadline for Integration of Special Plans and Suspension of Construction on Developable Land (?)
PLMJ, March 2021

In recent months, the need to conclude the procedures to adapt/amend/revise the municipal and inter-municipal plans for spatial planning has been widely discussed by the municipalities, the Government, economic agents and civil society. This discussion has focused on: i) The integration into in those plans of the rules contained in special plans concerning the arrangements to safeguard territorial resources and natural values that directly bind private individuals...

Golden Visa: Changes to the Rules on Obtaining a Residence Permit for Investment in Portugal
PLMJ, February 2021

The reasons for the changes to the Golden visa rules: A legislative authorisation in the 2020 State Budget 2020 authorised the Government to review the rules on residence permits for investment provided for in Law 23/2007 of 4 July by the end of 2020. The aim is to encourage investment in inland areas, urban regeneration, cultural heritage, activities of high environmental or social value, and productive investment and job creation...

Coronavirus: Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19
PLMJ, February 2021

The judgment of the United Kingdom Supreme Court On 1 May 2020, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), the body that oversees the insurance industry in the United Kingdom, announced that it wanted to obtain a ruling from the English courts on the meaning and effect of the sample of business interruption clauses that it selected from eight insurers in particular...

Coronavirus: Restrictions on Exports of Vaccines Against COVID 19
PLMJ, February 2021

Following the differences that came to light with AstraZeneca at the end of last week, the European Commission approved Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/111 of 29 January 2021, which came into force on Saturday, 30 January. The Regulation prohibits the unauthorised exportation of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 outside the European Union...

Coronavirus: Employment Support Measures
PLMJ, February 2021

Following the renewal of the state of emergency, Decree 3-A/2021 of14January of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, determines the closure of various types of establishments. Inthiscontext, the employment support measures were amended by Decree-Law 6-C/2021 of 15 January and Decree-Law 6-E/2021 of15January, which we summarised below. 1...

Coronavirus: Restrictions on Exports of Vaccines against COVID-19
PLMJ, February 2021

Brief notes on Commission Regulation 2021/111 of 29 January 2021 Following the differences that came to light with AstraZeneca at the end of last week, the European Commission approved Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/111 of 29 January 2021, which came into force on Saturday, 30 January. The Regulation prohibits the unauthorised exportation of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 outside the European Union...

 

 

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