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Uber cab service banned in Portugal

taxifaroThe decision to ban the Uber cab calling service was taken by the Court of Lisbon which accepted an injunction filed by Antral, the road carriers association.

The first consequence of the decision of the court is the mandatory closure of the Uber website for the Portuguese market and of its mobile phone app.

Urgent reviews of Wills urged

Urgent reviews of Wills urgedEU Regulation No. 650/2012, known as the “Succession Regulation” or Brussels IV, is aimed at harmonizing the different private international law rules for succession among “Regulation States”.

The Succession Regulation states that the law applicable to a person’s succession is the law of their “habitual residence” at the time of their death, unless the deceased elected in their will for the law of their nationality to apply, regardless of whether the state of their nationality is a Regulation State or not.

Report into CIA torture

statueofliberty"The release of the report on torture [report on torture [PDF] marks an important milestone. The details that the Senate Intelligence Committee have assembled will finally allow the US to come to terms with what happened.

The American people need to know what was done in their name. The litany of horrific interrogation techniques detailed in the report—including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and forcing prisoners to stand shackled for hours on end—should help persuade those who still wish to deny that torture was conducted so that we can make sure this never happens again.

Alojamento Local/Local Letting - urgent licence update from afpop

lettingsThe following has been received by afpop and is important information for those property owners who ALREADY are holders of an Alojamento Local licence, issued before the new legislation was introduced on 27th of November 2014.

Those in this category are obliged to present a document from Finanças to their local Câmara Municipal  stating how they are fiscally conducting their renting business, whether it is by being registered as sole trader or through a company.

Corruption: bringing down the mighty

eurozoneA wise man once said, “Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.”

Perhaps this was said at least partly in jest, but it is certainly true that corruption lurks in the shadows from the bottom to the very top of politics in many countries all over the world. Portugal’s reputation in this regard is far from the worst, but it is still appalling.

The great drugs debate is on a high

cannabisFor those of us without the benefit of deeper understanding through some form of mind-enhancing substance, it is hard to get the head around all the latest talk about drug control. But let’s try.

Broadly speaking it is all about the prohibition, decriminalisation or legalisation of drugs such as cannabis, heroin and cocaine.

Is expression ever a freedom too far?

loule1While freedom of expression is said to be the cornerstone of democracy, of late it seems to be on shaky ground.

It remains on a steady footing here in Portugal compared to most countries and that is probably because of prevailing moral attitudes as much as the fact that it is enshrined in the Portuguese Constitution.

Wills in Portugal

willsramosI read once that there are only two things certain in life; death and taxes. On my last article I spoke about taxes, this time the issue is death, namely what happens to your estate once you are gone.

Paragraph 62 of the Portuguese Civil Code says; “The succession by death is regulated by the personal law of the deceased at the time of the death, which also governs the powers of the inheritance administrator and the executor of the Will”.