Of the 707 investigations into economic crimes completed last year just 63 ended in prosecution, and of these there were only 18 convictions.
The small number of cases prosecuted by the Central Bureau of Criminal Investigation (DCIAP) for crimes including receiving and sending corrupt payments, and money laundering, left the vast majority being discharged as the court found that the evidence gathered by DCIAP was not sufficiently robust to justify a conviction.
A high-ranking EU official has told Britain that it is “too generous” with welfare payments to immigrants from the EU.
Viviane Reding, EU justice commissioner, said: "It seems that some national systems are too generous. Don't blame the commission or EU rules for national choices and national regulatory systems."
Younger people in the UK are reported to be bringing a renaissance to sherry’s fortune, once consigned by comedians as a drink to offer the vicar at Christmas.
After a slow build-up, drinking Spain’s fortified wine today is trendy.
People in Paris have been given with a special manual to encourage civility when using the metro.
Paris’ public transport body released the manual for the “modern traveller” which breaks down behaviour into four categories: "helpfulness", "courtesy", "manners" and "politeness", drawn up from among more than 2,000 suggestions from the general public.
Producers of the famous Ria Formosa shellfish today protested outside the regional office of the Portuguese Institute of Ocean and Atmosphere, in Olhão .
Yesterday 500 shellfishermen had attended a meeting in Olhão's municipal auditorium to voice their anger at the sudden downgrading of their traditional shellfish harvesting banks which meant that many now are unable to sell their harvest on the open market.
A quarter of Portugal's population was living in poverty or social exclusion in 2012, making the country in line with the EU average of 24.8% according Eurostat data released today.
In Portugal there was an increase of almost 1% between 2011 and 2012, with the number of people facing poverty or social exclusion rising from 24.4% to 25.3% of the population, equivalent to 2.7 million people.
The Association of Hotels and Resorts in the Algarve (AHETA) has called on the “authorities responsible for promoting tourism in the Algarve to begin activities to take advantage of the new added value to regional gastronomy" following the classification of Portugal's Mediterranean Diet as a UNESCO intangible.
The association welcomes the classification of the Mediterranean Diet and congratulates "the organisers of the submission process, the council of Tavira, which led to the successful addition of the diet on the UNESCO list.”
The Committee of Users of the Via do Infante (CUVI) expects that MPs will approve the suspension of tolls on the Algarve’s motorway when the topic is dicsussed in parliament on Friday.
The 14,000 name petition for the suspension of the tolls has been filed and is on Friday’s parliamentary agenda.
João Vasconcelos, the CUVI leader said that the projections and targets put forward in December 2011 clearly have not been fulfilled. Meanwhile, "the situation is getting worse in the Algarve."