Decreto-Lei n.º 127/2017

Publicação: Diário da República n.º 194/2017, Série I de 2017-10-09
  • Emissor:Finanças
  • Tipo de Diploma:Decreto-Lei
  • Número:127/2017
  • Páginas:5603 - 5607
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Summary in plain english (Without legal value)

What is it?

This decree-law defines new rules for:

  • insurance and reinsurance
  • pension funds and pension fund managers.

Reinsurance is a way to transfer some of the risk from one insurer to another company, the reinsurer. An insurance company will purchase an insurance policy from other insurers to spread out the risk of insurance they provide to their own clients.

Pension funds are funds created to guarantee pension payment. They can be financed by pension contributions from companies and pension contributions from workers. The fund’s assets are composed of securities (stocks, bonds, etc.) or real estate.

What will change?

Rules on insurance, reinsurance and pension funds will be clarified

This decree-law clarifies and corrects some of the existing rules to make it easier to understand and enforce of the law.

Pensions paid by pension funds will now be easier

Pensions can now be paid directly by pension funds, including:

  • defined contribution plans, if the beneficiary agrees and within the limit of their individual account
  • in case of pension fund cancellation.

Sufficient funds will be required to to ensure obligations

New rules are defined to ensure a greater financial capacity of pension funds to fulfil their responsibilities.

What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • make it easier to interpret and apply insurance, reinsurance and pension fund laws
  • ensure greater security and certainty in law enforcement
  • increase the possibilities of direct pension payment by pension funds
  • give beneficiaries a wider range of choices to decide how they want to receive the benefits of their pensions
  • increase justice and economic rationality in pension related decisions
  • reinforce the protection of the beneficiaries' interests.

When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect on 1 January 2018.

This text is intended to present the content of the legal act in accessible, plain and understandable language for citizens. The summary of the legal act in plain language has no legal value and does not replace the consultation of the legal act in the Diário da República.