Tourism chief forced to resign

Regional tourism chief António Pina has been forced to resign because of a legal technicality.

The President of the regional tourism board (ERTA) was asked to resign from his post by the Caixa Geral de Aposentações (CGA), the national retirement and pensions authority.

The CGA says this is because of a law that imposes certain conditions on people who are both retired and employed.This applies to António Pina, who retired in 2004 aged 57.

Anyone who retires aged 65 can take a paid public role but, according to a law created in November 2005, they must state whether they want to have their pension payments or their new salary cut by two thirds.

However, people such as António Pina who retire early cannot hold a public, paid office.

He was only receiving one third of his pension because he took early retirement but also received a salary as tourism chief.

António Pina, who is currently recovering at home from surgery, told the Algarve Resident: “I was informed by the Caixa Geral de Aposentações that for having retired early in 2004, I cannot hold public office.

“I regret having been in an illegal situation without my knowledge, and the only dignified and correct thing to do is abide by the law and resign my position.”

António Pina is due to resign by the end of the month and is planning on enjoying his retirement by being “a full time citizen”.

The current Vice-President of the ERTA, Nuno Aires, is expected to become President of the Regional Tourism B   oard once António Pina resigns.

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