The new trends in administrative decisions in Portugal: the simplex program and the adequate pursuit of public interest

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The trend towards the acceleration and simplification of administrative procedures is not new in the Portuguese legal system. However, the globalization of economies, which need to be reconciled with the protection of multiple public interests, has been pushing the legislator to pursue this path. This paper proposes to analyse DL no. 11/2023, of February 10th, included in the simplex programme, which has introduced several simplification and acceleration changes in many legal systems, especially in the environmental field. This is a particularly complex area, which requires great care when implementing solutions that facilitate decision-making, at the serious risk of not adequately pursuing public interests. The preamble of this law clarifies that it " aims to initiate the simplification reform of existing licencing, through the elimination of licences, authorisations, acts, and dispensable or redundant procedures linked to the protection of environmental resources, simplifying the activities of companies without compromising environmental protection (...), the Public Administration focusing, particularly, on monitoring, co-responsibility, and self-control by economic operators. Is simplification reconcilable with environmental public interests? Will it be sufficient, given the irreversibility of much ecological damage, to rely solely on monitoring and surveillance functions, leaving aside the preventive and precautionary functions?
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitriãoModern visions of public law
EditoresCristina Aragão Seia, Daniela Nováčková
EditoraADJURIS
Páginas71-84
Número de páginas14
ISBN (impresso)9786069535189
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 2023
Evento6th International Conference Contemporary Challenges in Administrative Law from an Interdisciplinary Perspective - Bucharest
Duração: 19 mai. 202319 mai. 2023

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Conferência6th International Conference Contemporary Challenges in Administrative Law from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
País/TerritórioRomania
CidadeBucharest
Período19/05/2319/05/23

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