This Friday, the President of the Republic promulgated the law that restructures the Commissions for Coordination and Regional Development (CCDR), warning, however, of the lack of clarity in the strategic plan for the transfer of powers from the State to these bodies.
In a note published on the Presidency’s website, the President of the Republic highlighted that the restructuring of the CCDRs is explained by their increased role in the application of European funds.
However, the President of the Republic pointed out “lack of clarity in the strategic plan” regarding the goals and timetable for the transfer of powers from the State to the CCDR, “outside the three areas already known (Agriculture, Culture and Economy)”.
He also considered that “some measures” of the new legal regime are “difficult to reconcile” with the ongoing decentralization process for local authorities.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also drew attention “to yet another precedent set with the salaries of CCDR leaders”, which in one case reaches that of the prime minister, “and surpassing those of the ministers who oversee the various areas”.
“The logic of attracting better staff is understood, but, again, the remuneration grid in the Portuguese Public Administration is more complex and casuistic”, underlined the Head of State.
The restructuring of the CCDR, approved by the Council of Ministers on March 2nd of this year, foresees that these bodies will have the status of special public institutes, with the aim of beginning to carry out decentralized competences of the central administration.
This classification as “public institutes integrated in the Indirect Administration of the State and not quasi-administrative regions, integrated in Local Power, such as local authorities, which would be, incidentally, unconstitutional, explains the promulgation of the President of the Republic”, is highlighted in the note.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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