Within the context of the global spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), companies have discovered a new reality, which also raises questions within the scope of the processing of personal data, in particular the fulfillment of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Act 46/2012, dated August 29 (Electronic Communications Privacy Act).
On March 26, 2020, the Government approved and submitted to Parliament a proposal for exceptional legislation (Draft Bill nº 21/XIV) that will allow for the deferral of the payment of rents due under lease agreements, during the emergency period of the epidemic caused by the SARSCoV-2 coronavirus and the COVID-19 infectious disease.
Pandemic has entered the world’s daily vocabulary in the most dramatic and unexpected way. As the severity of the situation worsens, a growing number of legislative initiatives attempt to address the needs of citizens and society in the face of the outbreak. This note is aimed at reporting on the main legislative or regulatory initiatives that have been taken in Portugal with a view, mainly, to protecting society against the spread of the new coronavirus and the effects that the pandemic causes on social and economic life.
On March 26, 2020, the Portuguese Government approved Decree-Law nº 10-J/2020 (“Moratorium Regime”), putting into practice exceptional measures for protecting families, companies and welfare institutions, in relation to the weight of their debt service obligations, specifically creating a moratorium which will apply until September 30, 2020. A special regime is also created for the grant of guarantees by the Portuguese State. This Alert contains the most relevant points of the regime approved.
The Monthly Stamp Tax Declaration (“DMIS”), as well as assessment and payment obligations, are subject to changes within the scope of the implementation of extraordinary and urgent measures in response to the epidemiological situation originated by the new coronavirus (COVID-19), as disclosed by Order no. 121/2020-XXII, of 24 March, of the Secretary of State for Tax Affairs.
The health crisis caused by COVID-19 could turn into a chance to revolutionize arbitration and boost and strengthen its virtues as opposed to domestic court litigation. The flexibility inherent to this alternative dispute resolution system and its recourse to online tools and technology can be used to avoid proceedings being suspended.
Form “Modelo 30” was updated by Ordinance no. 78/2020, of 20 March in order to allow the fulfillment of the international commitments assumed by Portugal regarding administrative cooperation in the field of taxation.
On March 19, 2020, the European Commission issued a communication setting out a Temporary Framework that provides for more flexible and quicker authorization of State aid granted to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak. The Temporary Framework is based on article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which makes it possible to authorize aid intended to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a Member State.