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Government launches 'fundamental reforms' based on summer fires

FireGoisThe Council of Minister met on Saturday morning and, after an 11 hour session, announced a series of measures to dig their way out of the mound of trouble that has arisen due to the State’s lamentable performance in the two summer fires that leaves over 100 citizens dead.

The State will become a shareholder of SIRESP SA, the company that supplied the emergency communications network which failed to work during the two summer fires, with deadly results.

 
Algarve joins EuroVelo cycling network

cyclingThe Algarve’s tourist authority and its mayors’ group, AMAL, are now partners in the project "Atlantic by Bike - a unique cycling tourism destination for sustainable growth", in which the transnational EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast Route is the basis for promoting tourism.

The Portuguese partners of this project, which brings together 18 entities from seven countries, "will manage a total budget of €350,000 over 36 months," around 75% of the total budget for the Algarve.

 
Collapsed banks will drain taxpayers of over €1 billion next year

baniflogo2Politically driven past decisions to sell or bail-out Portugal’s failing and failed banks had saddled taxpayers with long-term obligations that successive governments must account for in the annual State Budget.

Remember BPN? It is a bank that no longer exists but is still going to cost taxpayers €641 million next year. More recently, there’s Banif which was sold to Santander Totta but somehow will cost taxpayers €372 million in 2018.

 
Culatra Island home-owners to be granted 30-year residence licences

CulatraDocapescaAnother step forward has been taken in the long-running battle for islanders’ rights, with parliament unanimously approving a deal for those living in the settlement of Culatra, who soon will be able to apply for a licence to stay put.

Islanders in this tight-knit community will soon slumber in peace, untroubled by further threats of having their houses knocked down and will be able to carry on with their way of life that, although seen by Lisbon as unconventional, is as Portuguese as it gets.

 

 

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