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House of Representatives recognizes the service of Ambassador Nuno Brito

Amb. Nuno BritoThe House of Representatives commended the work of Ambassador Brito for his efforts over the past four years to “strengthen the special bond between Portugal and the United States”. In addition to “expanding the US-Portugal relationship beyond political and military cooperation” a group of congressmen highlighted his capacities “to support and engage Portuguese American communities throughout the United States”. The full transcription of the congressional record published on early August can be found here.

Votação para a eleição para a Assembleia da República dos eleitores residentes no estrangeiro.

A Embaixada de Portugal torna pública a comunicação da Secretaria Geral do Ministério da Administração Interna a propósito do exercício do voto dos eleitores portugueses residentes no estrangeiro por via dos serviços postais. A informação pode ser consultada aqui.

Fulbright Commission Agreement renewed

Portugal and the United States agreed mutually in continuing the activities of the Commission for Educational Exchange between the two countries. Therefore both countries agreed to pursue and implement programs to promote further mutual understanding between the peoples of the Portuguese Republic and of the United States of America trough educational and cultural contacts. The “Fulbright Commission” agreements have been active in Portugal since 1960.

National Day of Portugal

Ambassador Nuno Brito celebrated the National Day of Portugal with the Portuguese community in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington, DC. The Ambassador attended the “Portugal Heritage Day” ceremonies at the State Houses of Boston and Providence. The commemorations also included meetings with Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans in Bristol and Cumberland, at the Juventude Lusitana club.

In Washington, Ambassador Brito hosted a dinner for more than 160 people, with the presence of the Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities, José Cesário, members of the Portuguese Parliament, members of US Congress, State Senators and State House Representatives of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Mayors and City Council members as well as Sheriff Fontoura from Newark and Nancy  Rodrigues, the first Portuguese American cabinet Member of Virginia, were also present. Former US Ambassadors to Portugal Allan Katz and Elizabeth Bagley, members of international organizations and of the Department of State as well as businessmen and science professionals joined this commemoration. The reception included a decoration ceremony in honor of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island Judge Luis Matos, awarded with the “Grande Oficial da Ordem do Infante Don Henrique” grade. Dr. Ronald de Pinho was also decorated by the Portuguese Republic with the “Comendador da Ordem Santiago de Espada” grade.

A meeting of American-elected officials of Portuguese descent organized by the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) was also part of the celebration of both the Portuguese-American Community and the National Day of Portugal. The meeting in US Congress brought together representatives from States with large Portuguese-American constituencies, members of the Portuguese-American Caucus and other friends of Portugal in Congress Such as Congressmen Devin Nunes, Jim Costa and David Valadao, as well as members of the Portuguese Parliament.

The Ambassador also accompanied the elected officers to a meeting at the White House with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, whom was also decorated with the “Grã-Cruz da Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique” grade by the Portuguese Republic.

Blue Week in Lisbon

Blue WeekPortugal will host the Blue Week event next June 3-6, a ministerial meeting to promote the international global debate on Ocean issues. With the participation of almost 60 countries and international organizations, the Blue Week has three main dimensions: business dynamics, strategic thinking and political discussion. Further information available at “The Blue Week” website. Watch a video here.

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

The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Rui Machete, met in the Department of State with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the current status of the bilateral relationship and issues of international affairs. During his visit, Minister Machete also held meetings with members of the National Security Council and of the U.S. Congress, including a meeting with the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee; a working breakfast with members of the “Portuguese Caucus” of the Chamber of Representatives; and a meeting with Congressman Devin Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Garden of the Righteous honored the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes

Ambassador Nuno BritoLast April 19, Adas Israel Congregation honored the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes. Member of the Portuguese diplomatic corps, Mendes was the Consul-General in Bordeaux, France, during the beginning of World War II and granted a large number of visas and other legal documents to thousands of refugees seeking to escape Nazi persecution to neutral Portugal.

The Garden of the Righteous Program ceremony was hosted by Rabbi Gil Steinlauf and by the Chair of the Garden’s Committee, Judith Strauch. The Program has the purpose to honor non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. The honor takes the form of dedicating a plaque each year to a particular “Righteous Gentile”. The Ambassador of Portugal, Nuno Brito, remembered the life and work of Sousa Mendes, honoring his courage and altruism by which rescued from death thousands of Jews and other victims of the Nazi extermination, in a ceremony attended by members of Mendes’ family.

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs of the University of Maryland decorated by Ambassador Nuno Brito

Professor António Moreira was awarded the grade “Commander of the Order of Public Instruction” by Ambassador Nuno Brito on behalf of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Professor Aníbal Cavaco Silva.

Dr. Antonio Moreira is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He developed a student exchange agreement on science and technology between Portugal and the University of Maryland allowing Portuguese students to attend graduate programs at UMBC.

He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Porto in Portugal and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

The ceremony was held at the Portuguese Residence in Washington, DC.

“Lisbon Addictions 2015” International Conference

Lisbon Addictions 2015The first European conference on addictive behaviors and dependencies – “Lisbon Addictions 2015” – will be held in Lisbon on September 23 to 25, 2015. This will be a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary event, showcasing leading European addiction research in the specialist areas of illicit drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling and other addictive behaviors. It will address new challenges and cover developing fields such as new psychoactive substances, online sales and gambling, cannabis legalization and alcohol pricing. The conference is jointly organized by the Portuguese General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviors and Dependencies (SICAD), the journal Addiction, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE). More info.

Descendants of Sephardic Portuguese Jews can apply for Portuguese nationality

Since March, 2 2015, the members of the Sephardic Jewish communities of Portuguese origin are entitled to apply for Portuguese nationality. According to the recent amendment to the Regulation of Portuguese Nationality (Decree-law 30 – A/2015), published in the Official Journal on February, 27 2015, the Portuguese Government may grant Portuguese nationality by naturalization to the descendants of Sephardic Portuguese Jews trough the attestation of their links to Sephardic communities of Portuguese origin including surnames, family speaking language and direct or indirect descent. For further information read the unofficial translation of the Decree-Law and the FAQ document. To apply please download the Application Form.

Travel legislation of pet animals from countries outside the European Union

The EU Regulation no. 576/2013 establishes new sanitary conditions related to pet animals travelling to European Union Member States. Animals will now be checked at Travelers’ Points of Entry and it is mandatory to contact the competent authorities 48 hours prior to their arrival. More information available here.

Port Wine ceremony in Washington

Port WineThe Portuguese Residence hosted an Enthronement ceremony to a group of notable persons linked to wine culture. Co-organized with the Port Wine Brotherhood, Ambassador Nuno Brito and 60 other guests witnessed the presentation of insignias and the oath of loyalty, before the traditional toast with Porto Wine. The Port Wine Brotherhood was founded 32 years ago in the city of Oporto, Portugal, and for the first time carried out this important ceremony in Washington.

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Rededication of the Monument to the Portuguese Discoveries in Newport, Rhode Island

NewportAmbassador Nuno Brito joined the Governor of the State of Rhode Island, the President of the State Senate, State senators and their representatives, the mayor of Newport and a host of other dignitaries in the rededication ceremony of the monument to the Portuguese Discoveries, in Brenton Point State Park. The rededication of this monument, originally inaugurated in 1989 by President Soares of Portugal, is a tribute to the efforts of the Portuguese Community in the State who spent several years planning and fund-raising for this major overhaul. Many Portuguese and Americans from Portuguese descent joined the festivities.

Informação aos Viajantes – doença por vírus Ébola

O Ministério da Saúde divulgou um folheto com informações sobre a doença por Vírus Ébola e um conjunto de recomendações para cidadãos portugueses que tencionem viajar para as regiões mais afectadas pelo vírus. O folheto da Direcção Geral da Saúde pode ser consultado aqui.

Personal Income Tax for non-regular residents in Portugal

The Investment Tax Code implemented a Personal Income tax system for the non-regular residents in Portugal. This system will make it easier for non regular residents with specific qualifications (e.g. architects, engineers, professors or artists) as well as beneficiaries of pensions granted abroad to benefit from a special tax regime.

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Primeiro MinistroThe Portuguese government has decided, after a special cabinet meeting held on May 4th, to conclude and exit the three-year EU-IMF adjustment programme without requesting any further external financial assistance. The programme ends on 17 May.

The decision follows a careful assessment of the current economic situation and future prospects, the situation in the financial markets, notably the successful issuance of long-term debt, and the existence of a cash buffer that covers the government's funding needs for the next 12 months. The government also took into consideration the views expressed by relevant stakeholders and market participants on the options around the exit strategy. Finally, the decision follows last Friday's successful completion by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, of the 12th and final review mission of the Economic Adjustment Programme. The disbursement is expected to occur in June corresponding to the formal conclusion.


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.

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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