Directive 2011/83/EU was recently transposed into our legal order by Decree-Law 24/2014, of 14 February. This directive was designed to reformulate the provisions applicable to contracts and distance selling contracts entered into outside of commercial establishments, standardising them throughout the European Union, particularly given the growing number of online contracts and the various problems which…


Non performing loan or doubtful debts

Recovering the VAT on bad debts is possible when: 1.  it is acknowledged in enforcement proceedings that there are no seizable assets; 2.  an insolvency decree is made and the classification which is conferred is limited in character or after the approval by resolution of the creditor’s meeting at the liquidation stage; 3.  they are…


The Road Traffic Code Amendments

September 3 saw the publication of Law 72/2013, which made amendments to and republished the Road Traffic Code. The main amendments involve rules on the new areas of co-existence between pedestrians and drivers, roundabouts, new speed limits and road traffic offence proceedings, including infringements committed by officers of the police forces. Co-existence area and the…


Portuguese citizens already have designated desks at Luanda airport vs. Angolan power in Portugal

Portuguese citizens who enter Angola through Luanda Airport now have designated desks for entry procedures, a spokesman for the Foreign National and Migration Services (SME) told Portuguese news agency Lusa. Lusa, 2013-09-15 22:23:00 The reciprocal interest that exists between Angola and Portugal, albeit for different reasons, is once again clear. This measure, which is still provisional…


Justice – a commitment to time!

The new Civil Procedure Code will come into force on 1 September and will apply to all pending proceedings. This Code will bring major changes to our legal order and is aimed essentially at speeding up legal proceedings and reducing trial delays, making all those involved in legal proceedings responsible. It introduces a new preliminary…


Incentive measures for investment in Portugal

June 17th last saw the publication in the Portuguese Official Journal of Decree-Law 82/2013, of 17 June, which introduces a range of incentive measures for investment in Portugal, consolidating the Investment Support Tax Regime and the Tax Incentive System Regime for Business Research and Development provided for in the Tax Code for Investment. As is…