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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.


Fernando Pessoa lecture at Library of Congress

The Library of Congress, the Poetry and Literature center, in collaboration with the Secretary of State for Culture of Portugal and the Embassy of Portugal presents a Lecture by literary critic and translator Richard Zenith on “Fernando Pessoa: an Englishly Portuguese, endlessly multiple poet”. Read more.


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.


Statement on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, January 27, 2015

Seventy years ago the Allies liberated the concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the pinnacle of the Holocaust horror, evil and barbarity of the Nazi regime.

Today, on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the Portuguese Government pays tribute to the millions of Jewish victims of the Nazi extermination.

The Government of Portugal fully associates with the ceremonies honoring the Holocaust victims which, on this historic date, are taking place in Auschwitz-Birkenau and all over the world.

Portugal also remembers the Holocaust Heroes. Men like the Portuguese diplomats Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Carlos Sampaio Garrido and Alberto Teixeira Branquinho who, for their courage and altruism, rescued from death thousands of Jews and other victims of the Nazi extermination. Their example will inspire present and future generations.

To mark the anniversary, the Government reaffirms the need to indelibly preserve the memory of the Holocaust and to ensure that future generations will not forget. For this reason, Portugal contributed financially to the conservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp through the Perpetual Fund of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

This year is the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Stockholm Declaration, and Portugal, as a signatory and observer member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, is committed to promote the education about this dark episode of History. To evoke the Holocaust is to permanently alert to such dangers, which unfortunately resurfaces every day, such as hatred, bigotry, discrimination, xenophobia and racism, thus contributing to its unequivocal rejection.


Blue Week in Lisbon

Portugal will host the Blue Week event next June, a ministerial meeting to promote the international global debate on Ocean issues. The Blue Week has three main dimensions: business dynamics, strategic thinking and political discussion. For further information please go to “The Blue Week” website.


8.ª Edição do Prémio “Empreendedorismo Inovador na Diáspora”

As candidaturas à 8.º Edição do Prémio COTEC Portugal “Empreendedorismo Inovador na Diáspora” decorrem até ao próximo dia 31 de Março. O Prémio conta com o Alto Patrocínio de Sua Excelência o Presidente da República e pretende distinguir o papel empreendedor e inovador no meio empresarial de cidadãos portugueses nos respectivos países de acolhimento. As candidaturas devem ser submetidas através do site www.cotec.pt/diaspora.


Convocação para o Dia da Defesa Nacional

O Ministério da Defesa Nacional publicou o edital de convocação dos cidadãos portugueses de ambos os sexos, nascidos em 1996, para cumprimento do Dia da Defesa Nacional. O edital destinado aos cidadãos portugueses residentes no estrangeiro pode ser consultado aqui.


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.


Ambassador Nuno Brito held a Reception to honor PALCUS

Palcus BritoLast October, 10th the Ambassador of Portugal opened the doors of the Residence in honor of PALCUS – Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States – as well as to the Portuguese financial delegations who traveled to Washington to attend the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Autumn meetings. The Secretary of State for Treasury, Isabel CasteloPalcus Fado Branco, and Nancy Rodrigues, Secretary of Administration of the State of Virginia and the first Portuguese-American to hold such position were amongst the 120 attendees. The event included a highly praised Fado performance by Tania Silva. The day before the Embassy of Portugal exhibited 5 short films of “Madeira Film Festival” project after a Madeira wine tasting reception for 40 guests.


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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.


Minister of Agriculture and Sea participated at the Department of State’ “Our Ocean” Conference

Ms. Assunção CristasThe Minister of Agriculture and Sea, Ms. Assunção Cristas, featured as guest speaker in the “Integrated Approach to Fisheries and Food Security” panel of the “Our Ocean” Conference, held in Washington last 17th of June. Minister Cristas also met with Secretary of State John Kerry, during the Conference, and with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Massachusetts) to discuss common opportunities on ocean issues. During her visit, the Minister of Agriculture and Sea attended a dinner at the Residence of the Ambassador of Portugal with members of US Congress and of the State Houses of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.


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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PORTUGAL SUCCESSFULLY EXITS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME

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.

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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.


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.


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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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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