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Going back in time on Portugal's 'presidential train'

19 May 2018 | 0 comments

Built in 1890, this train once carried Portugal's kings and presidents, not to mention other guests like Elizabeth II or Pope Paul VI, before it was taken off the rails in 1970.Now, after a one-million-euro...

Portugal fails to upgrade Vehicle Inspection Centres with new EU safety rul...

19 May 2018 | 0 comments

Brussels has given Portugal two months to transpose a series of rules that improve the standard for the annual inspection of automobiles - or else. The European Commission insisted that Portugal’s government...

Plastic greenhouses 'out of control' in Costa Vicentina Natural Park

19 May 2018 | 0 comments

Environmental organisation, ZERO, has analysed a report on the growth of intensive agriculture in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park and concludes that it is out of control. ZERO...

Three external tailwinds turn into headwinds for Spain’s economy

18 May 2018 | 0 comments

Three external tailwinds turn into headwinds for Spain’s economy - with impeccable timing, all at the same time. The Spanish economy has been growing at a fair clip since emerging from the deepest depths...

Only two Councils say they will hit May 31st 'scrub cleaning' deadline

18 May 2018 | 0 comments

Only two of Portugal Councils will manage to have cleared scrub from public land as well as ensuring that private landowners comply with the new scrub cleaning laws by the end of May deadline. Of the...

'Prestigious' Rector gets suspended sentence for €2 million fiddle

18 May 2018 | 0 comments

The Rector of Porto's Fernando Pessoa University has been found guilty of fiddling €2 million but has received a suspended prison sentence - it seems he is quite posh and well-connected. Salvato Trigo...

Record easyJet figures help boost employment in Portugal's hotels and resta...

18 May 2018 | 0 comments

Portugal’s restaurants and hotels have registered a welcome number of job increases as at the end of the first quarter of 2018, according to data released by the National Institute of Statistics. For...

Messines Prison given the go-ahead after a 30-year delay

18 May 2018 | 0 comments

The Communist Pary’s offical parliamentary request, that a new prison be built in the Algarve, has been approved. With the abstention of the Social Democratic Party MPs, all the political groups agreed...

Algarve mayors rise up against Aljezur oil drilling decision

18 May 2018 | 0 comments

The Algarve mayors’ group, AMAL, met on Friday to discuss the Portuguese Environmental Agency’s decision that an environmental impact assessment is not needed for the planned test well off Aljezur. Yesterday's...

Beijing hails Portugal's openness to Chinese investment

18 May 2018 | 0 comments

Portugal is a country "open" to Chinese investment and could play a "constructive" role in economic relations between China and the European Union, the foreign minister of the Asian economic powerhouse...

MEO sends out 'fire alert' test messages in error

17 May 2018 | 0 comments

The French-owned mobile phone service provider, MEO, has been testing a new fire alert SMS messaging service in response to the communications breakdown during last summer’s devastating forest fires. The...

Portimão to Madeira ferry service returns in July

17 May 2018 | 0 comments

The ferry that used to ply the route between Portimão and Funchal, in Madeira, has been selected by the Empresa de Navegação Madeirense which is set to operate the route this summer. After a break of...

Aljezur oil well decision - "unacceptable political hypocrisy"

17 May 2018 | 0 comments

Oil drilling in the Santola exploration area, off Aljezur, is to go ahead in September after the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) yesterday announced its decision on environmental impact. The agency...

Government allows all current oil drilling projects to go ahead

16 May 2018 | 0 comments

After the Environment Agency gave the green light for the controversal test well in the Alentejo basin, (HERE) the Government announced, at a press conference this evening, that it is to refuse any new...

Environment Impact Assessment "not needed" - oil drilling to go ahead off A...

16 May 2018 | 0 comments

In a shocking example of the government’s continuing refusal to listen to its electorate, while supporting its cherished energy companies, the Portuguese Environmental Agency announced this afternoon that...



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