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Decree Law No. 55/2021

Publication: Republic Diary No. 124/2021, Series I of 2021-06-29
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 55/2021
  • Pages: 6 - 30

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law amends the Law of the Portuguese Honorific Orders, integrating in its scope the Order of Camões created in 1985, and creates the rank of Grand Collar in the Military Order of Christ and in the Military Order of Avis.

What is going to change?

The Order of Camões is integrated in the scope of the Law of the Portuguese Honorific Orders. It aims to distinguish and award:

    • Those who render relevant services to the Portuguese language and its projection in the world and to the intensification of cultural relations between peoples and communities that express themselves in Portuguese;
    • Those who render relevant services for the preservation of the Portuguese communities' ties with Portugal.

The rank of Grand Collar of the Military Order of Christ and the Military Order of Avis now exists.

What advantages does it bring?

The integration of the Order of Camões in the framework of the Portuguese Honorific Orders opens the way to the recognition of personalities and institutions that stand out in the projection of the Portuguese language in the world, a true intangible heritage of eight States and several speaking communities spread over all continents.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on the day following its publication.

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