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The Portuguese Minister of Defense met Secretary Chuck Hagel in Washington

Minister DefenseThe Minister Defense, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, held a bilateral meeting with the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, at the Pentagon, on March 31, to discuss bilateral cooperation and international security issues.

Secretary Hagel expressed appreciation for Portugal’s staunch contribution to international security, in particular the support for NATO and for the combat against piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia. The two leaders also discussed the current situation in Ukraine.

As part of his visit, Minister Aguiar-Branco placed a wreath before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.



5th BioMarine International Business Convention

Portugal will host the 5th BioMarine International Business Convention, a two-day international conference in Cascais under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic of Portugal and the endorsement of the Portuguese Government. This meeting, scheduled for October 30th and 31st, is a unique annual convention of 300 top executives and government officials of over 30 countries focused on the business of marine bioresources. More information available at http://www.biomarine.org.


WORLD OCEAN SUMMIT 2014
The President of the Portuguese Republic will attend meetings with business and political leaders

The President of the Portuguese RepublicThe President of the Portuguese Republic will be the keynote speaker at the closing event of the World Ocean Summit 2014, which will take place in San Francisco, United States of America, from February 24 through 26.

Central to the World Ocean Summit 2014 are two themes: Sustainability and Governance of the Oceans. Heads of State, members of Government, officials of the United Nations agencies and of the European Union will gather to discuss these themes with ONG’s representatives as well as with business leaders.

President Anibal Cavaco Silva will make the closing remarks on February 26.

On February 25th, upon his arrival in the United States, the President of the Republic will meet with a group of young Portuguese experts working in the fields of technology and innovation, in the San Francisco Bay area. The next day, he will have meetings with the Governor of California, Mr. Jerry Brown, American business leaders and investors, as well as with members of the Council of the Portuguese Diaspora.

The President will depart San Francisco to Toronto, Canada, on February 27th.


The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs held a bilateral meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington

Minister MacheteThe Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete, held a meeting in the Department of State with Secretary of State John Kerry, on January 29th, where they had the opportunity to discuss the current status of the bilateral relationship and issues of international affairs. During his visit, Minister Machete also held a meeting with Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


Secretary of State to the Prime Minister visited Washington

Carlos MoedasThe Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, Carlos Moedas, paid a visit to Washington in early February where he held meetings with Administration officials, with members of the US Congress and with the Federal Reserve as well as with the International Monetary Fund and the Institute of International Finance.

Mr. Moedas also met with opinion makers and think thanks before delivering remarks at the Peterson Institute and at the Georgetown University.


Investing in Portugal

The Office for the Investor of the Portuguese Diaspora was established in the fall of 2013 to promote investment in Portugal by the Portuguese business community abroad, including those of Portuguese ancestry. The Office works in close cooperation with AICEP - Portugal Global Trade & Investment Agency and offers adequate assistance to investors deciding to develop businesses in Portugal.

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Convocação para o Dia da Defesa Nacional

O Ministério da Defesa Nacional publicou o edital para cumprimento do Dia da Defesa Nacional por parte de todos os cidadãos portugueses de ambos os sexos, nascidos em 1995. O edital destinado aos cidadãos portugueses residentes no estrangeiro pode ser consultado aqui.


Congressman Devin Nunes is decorated by Ambassador Nuno Brito

Devin NunesCongressman Devin Nunes, the U.S. Representative for California’s 22nd District, was awarded the grade of High Officer of the Order of Prince Henry by Ambassador Nuno Brito on behalf of His Excellency President Cavaco Silva of Portugal.

This distinction symbolizes the appreciation of the Portuguese authorities for the work done by Congressman Nunes in fostering the bilateral relations between Portugal and the United States.

The ceremony, at the Portuguese Residence, was attended by several members of Congress and members of both the American and Portuguese communities.


Cooperation on science and technology between Portugal and the University of Maryland - Baltimore County

The Ambassador of Portugal paid a visit to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) at the invitation of Professor António Moreira, Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs of UMBC.

Ambassador Nuno Brito held a fruitful luncheon meeting with the President, the Provost and a number of Deans of the University and had the opportunity to share his views on the bilateral relationship with the US regarding science and technology cooperation.

Ambassador Brito also visited the research centers and met with Portuguese students attending Masters and Ph.D programs at the University. UMBC is a public research university in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, currently in the top tier of research universities in the United States.


Explorer’s Club distinguishes Portugal

The Explorer’s Club, the prestigious association of intrepid men and women who promote and participate in scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space, joined forces with the Embassy of Portugal for the celebration of this year’s Thomas Lowell Awards.

The weekend festivities started with a dinner at the Portuguese Residence where Ambassador Nuno Brito welcomed 150 guests and was the recipient, on behalf of the Government of Portugal, of the Explorer’s Club Award.

Professor Barbara Von Barghahn of the George Washington University spoke to the distinguished guests about the Portuguese Discoveries. Keith Goldston, the 47th sommelier of the United States, gave an overview of Portuguese wines, in partnership with ViniPortugal, who graciously offered a bottle of wine to each one of the participants in the dinner. Esporão Wine Company supplied the wines which where, to great acclaim, served during the dinner. Lastly, but certainly not the least, the Regional Government of the Azores offered a two week package trip to the archipelago for two people which was live-auctioned.

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Sephardic Jewish community may now apply for Portuguese nationality

Since October 27th 2013, the members of the Sephardic Jewish communities of Portuguese origin are entitled to apply for Portuguese nationality according to the recent modification of Law 37/81, October 3rd (Law of Nationality), published in the Official Journal on July 29th 2013. Unofficial translation

According to the new nr. 7, article 6, of Law 37/81, the Government may grant Portuguese nationality by naturalization to the descendants of Sephardic Portuguese Jews through the attestation of their blood links to Sephardic communities of Portuguese origin. Candidates must provide proof of their connection to Portugal, namely, but not limited to, surnames, family speaking language and direct or indirect descent.

The same nr. 7 of article 6, states that the members of the Sephardic communities of Portuguese origin are exempt of residing in Portugal for six years, the ordinarily minimum amount of time required for foreigners to apply for Portuguese nationality. Candidates are also exempt from the language knowledge requirement.


 



 

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