Tuesday, 30 May 2017
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Become a Portuguese Citizen AND keep your British passportMost Brits who contemplate taking on Portuguese citizenship don’t want to give up their British nationality so the good news is that Portugal permits dual nationality and you can keep your British passport. Other countries, e.g. Spain, do not permit a person to have dual nationality.

portugalFollowing her widely read article, 'Become a Portuguese citizen AND keep your British passport,' Sue Fletcher offers help and advice to those deciding to follow the rules in Portugal and apply for residency, thus avoiding a fine of between €400 and €1,500.

Sue Fletcher writes: "Many of us arrive in Portugal and never bother to take out any form of residency in the firm belief that we aren’t required to do so under the EU freedom of movement rules.

correia2The Irene Rolo Foundation, a social aid institution set up with money from Irene Dulce da Palma Arez Rolo in 1982, is being run as a club for the management past and present, rather than helping the poor in the Tavira area, according to former Tavira Mayor, Macário Correia, who has just quit as Chairman.

The well-regarded charitable foundation helps people with disabilities, their families and as other vulnerable groups, in the areas of care, rehabilitation, vocational training and social integration with a view to making their lives better, according to the foundation's website, but the foundation’s management has been accused of awarding itself unwarranted payments in a series of generous fiddles designed, not to help the poor and socially disadvantaged, but to help former managers and current staff.

Expat Citizen Rights in Europe - how you can helpThe coming weeks are very important for our future, not least  today (Monday 20th Feb, 2017) and Tuesday, when the Article 50 Bill is to be debated in the House of Lords.

In this newsletter edition, we describe how you can help us influence their Lordship's debate by making them aware of the Draft Amendment to the Bill and the Alternative White Paper which both set out the path we hope our Government will take.

Please help by emailing the Lords in support!

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MissingStuartSmallStuart Page, 35, flew to Lisbon on Wednesday 20 April 2016 to take up work at a farm in Torres Novas.

He made contact with his family during his first week in Portugal, including a message telling them he was in Lisbon on 26th April. Other intelligence also places him in Lisbon. However this was the last that anyone heard from Stuart, despite several attempts to contact him.

booksTwo Algarve solicitors are launching a programme in which English-speaking clients will be offered initial advice on legal problems at no charge.

Maria Manuel Santos and David Neville-Smith say they will hold their “first port of call’’ meetings in Lagos and Alvor, perhaps later expanding to Albufeira. Their services will also be available to French-speakers. Mr Neville-Smith is as fluent in French as he is in English and Portuguese.

justiceA decision taken today by the UK’s highest court prevents an estimated 2 million British citizens that have lived overseas for 15 years or more from voting in the Referendum on June 23rd, a referendum that will determine Britain’s future within, or divorced from the European Union.

The Supreme Court upheld earlier rulings in the High Court and the Court of Appeal that dismissed the legal action put before them by solicitors acting for WWII veteran Harry Shindler (pictured below) and Solicitor Jacquelyn MacLennan.

AdoptionLilianaThe European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a forced adoption process in Portugal was a breach of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, and that courts and child protection organisations have an obligation to keep families together, however poor they may be.

The facts behind the case of Soares de Melo vs the Portuguse State shocked the public when seven of Liliana Sallete Soares de Melo’s children were taken away from her and processed for adoption.