Factsheet for case PT-2020-12/994 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 20 March 2020 – 30 September 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping a safe home
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound|
|Case created||14 July 2020 (updated 22 July 2020)|
The Law 18/2020, of 29 May, extends the deadlines of the measures to support households in the context of the current public health crisis, amending the Law 7/2020, of 10 April, that established exceptional and temporary regimes to answer the epidemic SARS-CoV-2.
The suspension of cuts to the supply of essential services is among those measures.
According to Law 7/2020, this suspension would be in force during the State of Emergency and the following month.
The Law 18/2020, of 29 May, extends the deadlines of the measures to support households in the context of the current public health crisis, including the suspension of cuts to the supply of essential services.
Until 30 September 2020, the suspension of the supply of essential services - water, electricity, natural gas and electronic communications - is not permitted.
The prohibition of suspension applies when the situation is due to unemployment, loss of income of the household of 20% or higher, or infection by COVID-19.
Until 30 September 2020, consumers who are in unemployment or have a loss of income in the household of 20% or more compared to the income of the previous month may ask for the unilateral termination of telecommunications contracts, with no compensation to the supplier.
Information not available.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2020), Provision of essential utility services guaranteed for citizens, case PT-2020-12/994 (measures in Portugal), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.