On 13 March and after the declaration by the World Health Organization of the pandemic state caused by CoVid-19, the Government approved Decree-Law no. 10-A / 2020 that “Establishes exceptional and temporary measures regarding the epidemiological situation of the new Coronavirus - COVID 19"

With regard to the exceptional regime of public procurement and the urgency of the need to resort to direct agreement for the conclusion of public works contracts, lease or purchase contracts for movable goods and purchase of services, regardless of the nature contracting authority, applying the provisions of paragraph c) of paragraph 1 of article 24 of the Public Contracts Code (CCP), approved by Decree-Law no. 18/2008, of 29 January, current wording, to the extent strictly necessary and for reasons of imperative urgency.

The present decree authorizes as soon as the person responsible for the portfolios in the Government to which direct agreement relates decides directly and immediately, thus suspending the legal procedures imposed in the Public Contracts Code.

With the entry into force of this decree, on the 14th of March, the administrative deadlines from which the tacit approval by the administration of authorizations and licenses required by private individuals, as well as the deadlines from which the tacit approval by the authorization administration takes place and licensing, even if not required by private individuals, within the scope of the environmental impact assessment.

Because we are facing a reality that greatly affects the normal functioning of the entire Administration and its licensing entities, the Government took the decision to guard against possible delays in granting licenses, and administrative decisions by the Central Administration and Local Administration.

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