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SEF - good in the Algarve

SEFMost of public agencies in Portugal could have less bureaucracy. All over the world the trend is to increase it to ensure jobs and toys for the boys, writes Jack Soifer.

This gives secured votes to the huge dominating parties. Although a couple latter governments here say they will curb this, the pressure from a few leaders and from the lobbies who have sympathies among middle bosses in power, makes the PM’s wishes a pipedream.

The great expat Brexodus?

brexitLenWith the UK’s departure from the European Union now pushed back to 31 October, uncertainty both at home and abroad is set to drag on yet further. Whereas those at home in Blighty retain certain assurances, for Britain’s expat community even the most basic of rights still hang in the balance, writes Mike Bedigan, writer and correspondent for the UK's Immigration Advice Service

There are currently an estimated 800,000 Brits living in Europe. Of these, around 350,000 have settled on the Iberian Peninsula (49,000 in Portugal), whose lives on the continent will undoubtedly be affected by the UK’s withdrawal.

What to know about driving and driving licences in Portugal after Brexit

BREXITnumberplateWhen Brexit occurs, driving licences issued by the United Kingdom (UK) will be considered third country licences and, as such, the applicable legislation will be the one related to the recognition of third country licences.

This being said, after Brexit occurs, the holders of UK licences are only authorised to drive motor vehicles in Portugal for the first 185 days following their entry into the country without having to carry an International Driving Permit, considering they are not residents and do not intend to be residents in Portugal.

Dutch lead the way in treatment of expat Britons

dutch‘You can stay,’ Dutch tell British nationals, ‘but you will need a special permit,’ writes Robin Pascoe at Dutch News

British nationals living in the Netherlands will be able to remain there in the event of a no-deal Brexit but will have to apply for a special residence permit, Dutch foreign affairs minister Stef Blok confirmed on Monday evening, 7 January.

Ultimate guide to Portugal's Golden Visa

bridgeThe Portuguese Golden Visa programme is one of the most popular both in Europe and the world, and for good reasons, writes Thomas K. Running on Nomad Gate - the community for digital nomads, perpetual travellers, remote workers and location-independents.

Driving into Brexit - the latest news for motorists

4683At last we have some clarity on travel within in the EU27 after Brexit, writes Sue Fletcher.

On 13th November the EU issued a preparedness notice on travelling after Brexit. This article will focus on driving and driving licences under the Vienna Conventions of 1949 and 1968, to which the UK is a signatory. The date of Brexit still hangs in the balance so it could be 29th March 2019 in the event of a no-deal or December 31st 2020.

Dutch air crash at Faro airport - 26-years ago on December 21st

MartinairIntactA few days before Christmas, 26-years ago on December 21, 1992, Martinair flight MP495 crashed at Faro Airport.

On board were 13 crew members and 327 passengers, mainly holidaymakers from the Netherlands. Two cabin crew and 54 of the passengers were killed in the accident. Additionally, 106 people were badly injured.

New video blasts Edd's Beach development for planning and environmental violations

pintadinhobeach"The story of Edd's Beach is a modern scandal involving the privatisation of public land and the environmental destruction of a national ecological reserve repeated planning violations, the violation of court orders and law suits and arrogance from the developer Edwin Opstelten and his Crowdfunding project."

This sentence introduces a ten-minute video about the planning and environmental violations covertly sanctioned by Lagoa Ccouncil's Mayor, Franciscio Martins and the toothless lack of enforcement of national environmental laws covering Ecological Reserve land.