Council of the Portuguese Communities
Created by Law no. 66-A/2007, 11 December, the Council of the Portuguese Communities (CCP) is the advisory body to Government policies on emigration and Portuguese communities abroad.
it is CCP competence to:
- By request of the Government or Parliament, prepare advisory reports on draft laws and bills and other legislative and administrative acts, as well as on international agreements and EU norms regarding the Portuguese communities living abroad;
- Examine questions posed by regional governments of the Azores and Madeira regarding the Portuguese communities from those autonomous regions;
- Produce information and express opinions by its own initiative, on all matters concerning Portuguese citizens living abroad and the development of the Portuguese presence in the world, and addressing them to the member of the Government responsible for emigration and the Portuguese communities;
- Formulate proposals and recommendations on the objectives and principles of emigration policy.
The CCP is composed of 73 members, 63 of whom are elected by universal, direct and secret ballot of the voters listed in the electoral rolls of the consular posts, and the remaining 10 members are appointed as follow:
- 1 member of the Permanent Council of the Madeira communities;
- 1 member of the Congress of Azorean communities;
- 2 members to be appointed by and from Portuguese-descendants-elected in the host countries in the region of Europe;
- 2 members to be appointed by and from Portuguese-descendants-elected in the host countries in regions outside of Europe;
- 2 members to be appointed by and between associations of Portuguese living abroad in European countries;
- 2 members to be appointed by and between associations of Portuguese living abroad in countries outside of Europe;
The members' mandate has a duration of four years.
The Council normally meets in plenary meetings every two years and extraordinarily whenever particularly relevant reasons require it.
On 20 April 2008, the Portuguese community registered in the electoral constituency of Stockholm elected Amadeu José dos Santos Batel as its representative to the Council of the Portuguese Communities.
For more information:
Council of Portuguese Communities www.conselhoccp.com