In an opinion issued on 22 November 2017, EU-the Advocate General confirmed that the EU competition law provisions do not apply to companies that are part of the same corporate group. However, assurances from those companies might be necessary in case of simultaneous participation in public tendering process in order to protect the free and fair competition between all tenderers.
On October 7, 2017, the EU Commission published its updated study on corruption in the EU healthcare sector. Companies in the healthcare industry should rethink their policies and procedures based on the results of this Europe-wide study.
Preventive and repressive measures against money laundering and terrorist funding entered in force last September, 17 by means of Law no. 83/2017, of August 18. Some of the measures within a pack of prevention and repression were forecast for regulation.
In addition to the establishment of the Beneficial Ownership Central Register, the Law requires legal entities to maintain an updated record of the shareholders and persons controlling the company.
After seven years the Portuguese Data Protection Authority has now revised a decision on the maximum period of retention of the personal data resulting from call recordings.
On August 23, 2017, a new law regulating the use of cash as mean of payment came into force in Portugal and significantly lowered the amount of cash payments.
On August 24, 2017 an ordinance was published which created a Working Group with the purpose of preparing the Portuguese legislation for the application of the new General Data Protection Regulation.
The Portuguese Government established a new regime respecting the appropriation of the assets / rights pledged through a commercial pledge.
The availability of the Electronic Complaints Book has been made compulsory for essential public service providers since July 1st and shall also be mandatory, from July 1st, 2018, for all suppliers of goods and service providers who carry out their activity either through a physical establishment open to the public or through digital means.
There are currently two draft law combating money laundering under final stages of discussion in the Portuguese Parliament and are expected to be approved in the near future.