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Decree Law No. 139/2017

Publication: Republic Diary No. 217/2017, Series I of 2017-11-10
  • Issuer: Work, Solidarity and Social Security
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 139/2017
  • Pages: 6002 - 6008

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law defines new rules for the operation of the National Commission for the Promotion of Rights and Protection of Children and Youth (CNPDPCJ — Comissão Nacional de Promoção dos Direitos e Proteção das Crianças e Jovens).

The National Commission for the Promotion of Rights and Protection of Children and Youth (CNPDPCJ) is an organization under the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security. To promote the rights and protection of children and youth, the Commission:

  • helps to plan State intervention
  • coordinates, monitors and evaluates the actions of public bodies and the community.
What will change?

There will be changes to some rules on the operation of the Commission. The Commission is made up of:

  • a National Council
  • a chairperson
  • a vice-chairperson
  • two regional coordinators
  • an operational technical team
  • five regional technical teams.
New rules for the chairperson and vice-chairperson

The Staff Regulations for Public Administration Services and Bodies will apply to the positions of chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Commission.

These are classified as senior management positions:

  • of 1st grade, the chairperson
  • of 2nd grade, the vice-chairperson.

The chairperson and the vice-chairperson will be selected by tender.

Changes to some of the responsibilities of the chairperson and vice-chairperson

The chairperson retains the same responsibilities but:

  • will no longer be responsible for appointing the executive director and the members of the regional coordinators
  • will be responsible for designating the coordinators of regional technical teams.
The role of the Commission's regional coordinators will be clarified

The existing regional coordinators will be replaced by regional technical teams. There will be five regional technical teams:

  • North
  • Centre
  • Lisbon Metropolitan Area
  • Alentejo
  • Algarve.

These teams will be established by the National Council and will have at least three people from the operational technical team. One of these people will be the coordinator. In exceptional cases, for example, during the establishment phase, the National Council can appoint fewer people in regional technical teams.

Regional technical teams will:

  • help the Commission execute its plan of activities
  • represent the regional Commissions for the Protection of Children and Youth in their area, train and monitor them
  • help to connect the regional Commissions for the Protection of Children and Youth of its area to other public services

The autonomous regions will also have regional coordinators with rules defined by regional governments. The regional coordinators carry out the Commission's plan of activities, with the necessary adjustments, and represent it in the autonomous regions.

Other changes to the operation of the Commission

The Commission will now be able to transfer funds from its budget to municipalities and other entities when approved by the Government.

What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • improve the operation of the Commission's bodies
  • clarify the role of the Commission's regional coordinators.
When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect the day after being published.

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