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Ambassador Nuno Brito held a Reception to honor PALCUS

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.


Superintendent of Florida Alberto Carvalho decorated by Ambassador Nuno Brito

Alberto CarvalhoAlberto Carvalho, the Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, was awarded the grade Order of Merit by Ambassador Nuno Brito on behalf of His Excellency the President of Portugal Cavaco Silva.

Mr. Alberto Carvalho was born in Lisbon and came to the United States at age 17. He became Superintendent of the fourth largest US school system in September 2008 and has been selected as Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year as well as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year. This distinction represents a recognition of Mr. Carvalho’s personal and professional achievements.

The ceremony was held at the Portuguese Residence and was attended by members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives.


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.


Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy in Washington, DC and California

Minister of EnvironmentMr. Jorge Moreira da Silva paid a three day visit to the United States in June where he held a meeting with the Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, to discuss issues of common interest. The Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy had several meetings with Administration officials, members of the US Congress and with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Minister Moreira da Silva also met with US energy corporate leaders and was the keynote speaker at the Network for Emerging Leaders in Sustainability: Green Growth USA-Portugal, event held at the National Academies of Sciences and Technology. He featured as a guest speaker at the Institute for Education titled “Cutting Edge Energy Innovation”. In California, the Minister met with Governor Jerry Brown and the State Secretary for Environmental Protection. He also attended a roundtable at Berkeley University and visited several leading energy and automotive corporations.


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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Honoring the life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes – Lecture of the Director of the Diplomatic Institute at Georgetown University

Ms. Manuela Franco, Director of the Diplomatic Institute of Portugal, discussed the life of Aristides de Sousa Mendes in a special event held at the Georgetown University, on April 23rd. After opening remarks by Ambassador Nuno Brito, Ms. Franco discussed the legacy of Sousa Mendes, who served as Portugal's consul-general in Bordeaux 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. Ms. Franco also presented an online exhibit titled “Spared Lives” which includes photographs, documents, and information on Jewish refugees:

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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.


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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