President’s veto keeps golden visa for Portugal program open


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The “Mais Habitação” initiative, championed by the government, was designed to solve Portugal’s housing crisis. However, its introduction sparked intense debate, particularly around forced rentals and local housing. These discussions overshadowed other essential proposals, complicating the search for a unified housing solution.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s decision to send the “Mais Habitaco” package back to the assembly without his support could change all that. At the beginning of March, he had warned of the potential dangers of an over-optimistic approach and the possibility of not achieving the desired objectives.

Gold visa applications still accepted thanks to the President’s veto The draft decree must be voted on again in parliament due to the President’s veto.

The Socialist Party-led government, which has a majority in parliament, may in the future approve the law after two votes, even if the President vetoes it.

Iris Lavan
Iris Lavan
With a background as a consultant in the medical industry, Iris Lavan brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Portugal Pulse. Iris also runs a company in Tel Aviv offering marketing, business development, content creation and public relations services. She holds a degree in economics and management, giving her a solid grounding in business strategy and financial planning. Iris' commitment to Portugal Pulse is reflected not only in her consulting career, but also in her impact on the Portugale media landscape in Israel. She was an interviewer for Hadshot Portugal חדשות פורטוגל, a media outlet that broadcasts news about Portugal in Hebrew, where she provided valuable information on current affairs, healthcare and the economy. Since July 2023, Iris has also been part of the Portugal Pulse team.

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