Coimbra's Palácio dos Grilos
Portugal's Transparency entity will be run out of Coimbra's Palácio dos Grilos

Portugal’s ‘Entity for Transparency’ finally has a start date, and a team

“It’s a great day for transparency in Portugal” – president

Portugal’s long-awaited Entity for Transparency should start operating next month, after three years in which it has been ‘approved’ but without premises or personnel.

In a statement today, the Constitutional Court approved a proposal for João Caupers (president of the Constitutional Court) to preside over the ‘Autoridade de Transparência, with Ana Raquel Moniz – associate professor at the Faculty of Law in Coimbra – as president, and Mónica Correia – legal adviser at the Faculty of Medicine of Porto – and Pedro Miguel Nunes – team coordinator at the Tax and Customs Authority – as members.

As for premises, the entity will start operating out of Palácio dos Grilos, in Coimbra, currently nearing the end of first-phase renovations.

All that’s needed is for delivery of ‘equipment and furniture’, said the statement, indicating these should be in place “during the month of February”. 

The second phase of renovations is expected to take “a maximum of six months” – and by then the whole operation should be running ‘smoothly’.

One of the many novelties of this new authority will be the ‘electronic platform’ designed to process wealth and income declarations.

Says Lusa: “The Entity for Transparency, approved in 2019 and awaiting installation since then, will oversee single declarations of income, assets and interests of holders of political offices and senior public positions”.

At a moment when the country has been literally bludgeoned repetitively with political ‘scandal’, the entity could not have come at a better time.

Commenting today, President Marcelo has said “this is a great day for Transparency in Portugal”.

It was only three months ago, that Portugal’s Head of State said it was “incomprehensible” that the entity had been so endlessly delayed.

natasha.donn@portugalresident.com