PR promulgates changes to the statutes of professional associations after Parliament’s confirmation

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The President of the Republic today promulgated the decrees amending the statutes of professional associations that were confirmed last week by the Assembly of the Republic, after having been vetoed in December by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

On Friday, the PS reconfirmed in Parliament the diplomas relating to the amendment of the statutes of the orders of engineers, architects, doctors, nurses, lawyers and solicitors and enforcement agents.

In a note published today on the Presidency’s website, the Head of State recalled that he is “obliged to promulgate legislation that he has vetoed and which has been confirmed by the Assembly of the Republic, by an absolute majority”.

“He does so, however, with twofold comfort: firstly, the certainty that the issue will return to parliamentary work very soon, as unanimously promised in Parliament; secondly, the fact that the significant sums received from Brussels at the end of last year may have served to encourage the realization of the priority of reducing public debt,” the same note reads.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa promulgated the decrees on the amendment of the Statute of the Order of Doctors, the Statute of the Order of Solicitors and Enforcement Agents and Law no. 77/2013, of November 21, the Statute of the Order of Engineers, the Statute of the Order of Lawyers, the Statute of the Order of Nurses and the Statute of the Order of Architects.

He also promulgated the decree on the legal regime of the acts of Lawyers and Solicitors, according to the note from the Presidency.

Friday’s vote in Parliament took place after the bills were reconsidered on Wednesday in Parliament.

The majority of PS MPs thus reconfirmed the diplomas, while PSD, Chega and PCP voted against. The Liberal Initiative and the Left Bloc abstained. The PAN voted against all except for the Bar Association, which chose to abstain.

On October 13, the decrees, which are part of a set of changes to the statutes of professional associations, had already been approved by the Socialist majority.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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