Pedro Nuno Santos and his father’s company signed a contract with the State – Politics


Tecmacal, a company partially owned by the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, and by his father, entered into a contract with the State by direct agreement, which constitutes an incompatibility according to the law, advances the newspaper Observer. The minister’s office cited an opinion from the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) which, however, predates the law. The law provides that in these cases the sanction is dismissal.

according to Observer, a public entity in São João da Madeira made a direct agreement with Tecmacal in the amount of 19 thousand euros for the purchase of equipment in the leather goods sector. Pedro Nuno Santos’ father holds 44% of the company’s capital, while his son holds 1% of the company’s capital. The law that establishes the regime for the exercise of functions by holders of political offices and high public offices defines that a company in which a holder of a political office holds more than 10% of the same together with an “ascendant” cannot sign public contracts . The Santos family owns at least 45% of Tecmacal, much more than the 10% required by law.

The ministry of Pedro Nuno Santos, in response to the Observer, says that there is no incompatibility and is justified by an opinion from the PGR. However, this opinion was made in relation to the previous law on incompatibilities and impediments and not the one that was passed in 2019.

Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.

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