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Factsheet for case PT-2020-12/994 – measures in Portugal

Provision of essential utility services guaranteed for citizens

Fornecimento de serviços essenciais

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 March 2020 – 30 September 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category 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)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.

Use of measure

Information not available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

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:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

Not applicable

Views and reactions

Not applicable

Sources

  • 10 April 2020: Lei n.º 7/2020 - Diário da República n.º 71-A/2020, Série I Publicação: Diário da República n.º 71-A/2020, Série I (data.dre.pt)
  • 29 May 2020: LEI N.º 18/2020 - DIÁRIO DA REPÚBLICA N.º 105/2020, SÉRIE I (data.dre.pt)

Citation

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.