The non-Portuguese reading public can now consult the latest diplomas approved by the government as well as a guide for investors, assisting them with their queries about investing in the country.
The Diário da República Eletrónico (DRE), which is the Portuguese government’s official journal since 1976, has now been improved. The non-Portuguese reading public can now consult the latest diplomas approved by the government as well as a guide for investors, assisting them with their queries about investing in the country. The official journal is responsible for publishing the newest law-decrees and communicating any public announcement. This refurbishment even brought a mobile version with some new interesting features.
There was also majors improvements in both the web design and the English version of the platform. The bilingual version “already existed, but it was more Portuguese than properly English”, the Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Tiago Antunes, admitted to ECO. Law-decrees will now be published with a brief English summary below. A selection of diplomas, such as the Labour Code, will be both fully translated and published.
About eight of those diplomas will be immediately available on the DRE’s website this Monday, but others will be further added, as long as possible. A new “Guide for Investors”, available both in Portuguese and English, will be also published in there, aiming “to make life easier for those wishing to invest in Portugal”, the Secretary of State assures.
This guide will compile in full detail all the relevant translated diplomas to assist investors in their bureaucratic process to move their companies and capital to the country, setting it apart from the existing guide available on the AICEP webpage (because it only provides with a translated summary of those laws). Somewhen in the future, there will also be a link in AICEP’s website to this document.
DRE app downloaded 31,460 times
The new design will “make it easier for mobiles users”, Tiago Antunes stresses. However, despite admitting that there will be an “adaptation period”, “it is necessary to evolve as times change”.
These alterations will also make the process of editing “easier and quicker”, following the example of other countries and institutions like the Eur-Lex Journal (European Union’s official journal) and the Spanish Bulletin (the Spanish government’s official journal).
DRE app, released last year, was updated with some new features, presented in the government’s most recent modernisation plan. It will not just be possible to create a profile account in it but also to set up notifications for any specific subject that might interest the user. Since when was launched, the app has been downloaded 31,460 times, counting with an average of 640 daily visitors.
These improvements “have been thought for months”, Antunes assured. The development costs were supported by the National Mint, the entity that is responsible for publishing the DRE.