Some proposals will fall frozen under Portugal’s Management Government

Written By Manuel Poças

The new airport, the sale of TAP, and the reform of the formula used for updating pensions are some of the dossiers that will not move forward for now, due to the Government’s entry into management mode.

After the resignation of the Portuguese Prime Minister, because of ‘Operation Influencer’, the Portuguese President of the Republic announced that he would only formalize the action when certain criteria were met. Considering that with the approval of the 2024 State Budget, those criteria were met, the resignation will come into effect.

According to the Portuguese Constitution of The Republic, when a Prime Minister resigns and the executive branch is dissolved, the Government enters into management mode.

When this happens, the ministers are limited in their powers. The Management Government is limited to the performance of acts that are strictly necessary to ensure the management of public affairs.

Taking that into consideration, some of the existing dossiers comprising proposals, and processes, will naturally be frozen and passed on to the next Government after the new elections. The new Government will then decide if, when, and how to proceed in what regards them.

The new airport, the sale of TAP, the reform of the formula used for updating pensions, a big part of the new tobacco law, and matters related to labor and tax law are what will have to be frozen. These dossiers are not considered to be strictly necessary to ensure the required management of public affairs.

On the other hand, the public contest for the first stretch of the TGV speed train in national territory, the decongestion works at the airport, the increase of the minimum wage and pensions, the update on public workers’ wages and careers, the salary agreement with the doctor’s union, and the rent compensations for landlords because of the covid laws will move forward.

Note, however, that, according to the Portuguese President of the Republic, the TGV project will only move forward if there is an agreement between the Socialist Party and the Social Democratic Party. If there is not an agreement between the two largest political forces, the President can veto the project.

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