Law 26/2020. Ombudsman requests review by the Constitutional Court

The Ombudsman submitted a request to the Constitutional Court to review the constitutionality of articles 10, no. 2, 13, no. 4 and 14, no. 1 of Law no. 26/2020 of 21 July. Transposing a European directive, the aforementioned law establishes the obligation to communicate to the Tax and Customs Authority certain internal or cross-border mechanisms with tax relevance.The request addressed…

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Family allowance. Ombudsman warns against significant delays and requests that applications be examined swiftly

The Ombudsman has been faced with a growing number of complaints in relation to significant delays in attribution of pre-natal family allowance, as well as in the initial attribution or reassessment of the income bracket of the family allowance for children and young people. In 2020 183 complaints on these issues were received and this year, by the end of…

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Ombudsman publishes the”Pandemic Notebooks”

The Ombudsman’s Office is publishing a small collection entitled “Pandemic Notebooks”, three studies on the extraordinary times we live in. The first focuses on the general topic of education and collects information that was obtained during the first phase of suspension of classroom classes that took place in 2020. The second focuses on homelessness and covers roughly the same period…

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Moratoria. Ombudsman clarifies the scope of bank loans to higher education students

The Ombudsman consulted the Secretary of State for Finance, in order to ascertain the Secretary of State for Finance’s interpretation of the current version of Decree-Law no. 10-J/2020, of 26.03, and received a clarification from him, in line with the Ombudsman’s interpretation, that bank loans to higher education students are included within the scope of the public moratorium. This request…

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Ombudsman clarifies about bank fees

The Ombudsman received a complaint from DECO, in which this association asked her to complain to the legislator about the elimination of the temporal application norm of Law no. 57/2020, through which the legislator limited the prohibition of certain bank commissions to new contracts. The Ombudsman responded negatively to DECO, in the terms of the letter that can be read…

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Covid-19. Ombudsman questions the Government on the impact of lay-offs and family support on the contribution career of workers and warns about the situation of unprotected unemployed people

The Ombudsman sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Social Security, in which she draws attention to the negative impact that the payment of exceptional family support is having on the contribution career of workers who were obliged to resort to this support in order to provide assistance to their children, under the age of 12, due to…

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Covid-19. Ombudsman alerts the Government to delays in attributing support to companies

The Ombudsman sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Social Security and to the Deputy Secretary of State and for Fiscal Affairs, in which she requested that efforts be made in order to overcome the situation experienced by companies that have been awaiting, for several months now, attribution of extraordinary support for progressive recovery of activity, wherein the…

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Ombudsman requires verification of the constitutionality of the rule that exempts tenants in shopping centers from minimum rent

The Ombudsman requested the Constitutional Court to abstractly review the constitutionality of the norm contained in no. 5 of article 168-A of Law no. 2/2020, of 31 March, that approved the State Budget for 2020, as amended by Law no. 27-A/2020, of 24 July, that approved the Supplementary State Budget, because it understood that this norm contains unconstitutional restrictions on…

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Ombudsman recommends banning television competitions that use telephone numbers at extra cost

The Ombudsman, Maria Lúcia Amaral, addressed a set of recommendations to the Secretary of State for Consumer Protection, with a view to protecting the rights of consumers, particularly the most vulnerable, in the context of television competitions which call for more expensive telephone calls.  In accordance with Article 38 of his Statute, the Ombudsman’s recommendations are addressed to the body…

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