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Factsheet for measure PT-2021-45/2431 – measures in Portugal

Autovoucher subsidy for fuel consumption


Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 November 2021 – 30 April 2022
Context COVID-19, War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category N/A
– Support for fuel expenses
Author Ana Brázia and Paula Carrilho (CESIS)
Measure added 01 June 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

The financial support took place in an extraordinary context of rising fuel prices, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, in support of citizens and families within the framework of a sustainable economic and environmental development strategy. In 2021, and in particular in the months of September and October, fuel prices recorded significant increases.

Content of measure

This was a transitory and exceptional measure that took place in November 2021 in order to mitigate the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The consumptions at gas station were supported up to €0.10 per litre, with a monthly limit of 50 litres (€5).

In March 2022, in order to support citizens in the face of rising fuel costs, as a consequence of the political context in Ukraine, the Government decided to increase the amount of the fuel benefit from €0.10 to €0.40 per litre, with a monthly limit of 50 litres (€20), during March 2022 and April 2022.

Use of measure

According to information published in a well-known newspaper, in April 2022, a total of €117.5 million were reimbursed and a total of 3.08 million adherents were reported, since November 2021.

No specific information for March and April 2022 was found.

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
Public support service providers
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

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



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