Câmara will have greater say over  port area management

NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN the government and Lisbon Câmara, over which port areas are to be controlled by the local municipal authority and the government, are to be agreed this month.

An agreement is currently being hammered out which will allow part of the land, now being managed by the Lisbon Port Authority, Administração do Porto de Lisboa, to be run by Lisbon Câmara.

Following the election of current Câmara President, António Costa, areas used by the Port of Lisbon and controlled exclusively by the government, are being ‘declassified’, meaning that they can be operated, managed and exploited by the local authority for financial gain.

This would bring considerable money into the coffers of cash-strapped Lisbon municipal Câmara and paves the way for a number of public-private dockland expansion projects including the new cruise ship terminals that are earmarked for Lisbon’s rundown port area.

The Ministry of the Environment had already presented a riverside redevelopment project to Lisbon Câmara two years ago when Carmona Rodrigues was its president.

The government is proposing the setting up of three societies or companies to modernize and revamp Belém, Pedrouços, Santa Apolónia and Cais do Sodré, which would be coordinated by lawyer José Miguel Judice.

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