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Statute governing Remuneration and Other Members’ Rights 

I) Applicable legal rules

Statute governing the remuneration of political officeholders – Law no. 4/85 of 9 April 1985 (rectified by a Declaration of Rectification dated 28 June 1985), as amended by Law no. 16/87 of 1 June 1987, Law no. 102/88 of 25 August 1988, Law no. 26/95 of 18 August 1995, Law no. 3/2001 of 23 February 2001, and Law no. 52-A/2005 of 10 October 2005.

Statute of Members – Law no. 7/93 of 1 March 1993, as amended by Law no. 24/95 of 18 August 1995, Law no. 55/98 of 18 August 1998, Law no. 8/99 of 10 February 1999, Law no. 45/99 of 16 June 1999, Law no. 3/2001 of 23 February 2001 (Declaration of Rectification no. 9/2001 of 13 March 2001), Law no. 24/2003 of 4 July 2003, Law no. 52-A/2005 of 10 October 2005, and Law no. 43/2007 of 24 August 2007; Law no. 44/2006 of 25 August 2006, Law no. 45/2006 of 25 August 2006, and Law no. 16/2009 of 1 April 2009.

Rules of Procedure of the Assembly of the Republic no. 1/2007 – published in the 1st Series of the Diário da República no. 159, dated 20 August 2007, and Declaration of Rectification no. 96A/2007, published in the 1st Series of the Diário da República no. 202, dated 19 October 2007, with the amendments introduced by the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly of the Republic no. 1/2010 of 14 October 2010.

General principles governing the attribution of transport and accommodation expenses and expense allowances – Assembly of the Republic Resolution no. 57/2004 of 6 August 2004, as amended by Assembly of the Republic Resolutions nos. 12/2007 of 20 March 2007, 101/2009 of 26 November 2009, 60/2010 of 6 July 2010 and 164/2011 of 29 December 2011.

 

II) Remuneration

The remuneration for 2017– monthly salary and monthly representation expenses – established by law is as follows:

Amounts established in Articles 7 and 16 of Law no. 4/85 of 9 April 1985, which defines the Remuneration statute of political officeholders, with the corrections introduced by the declaration of 28 June 1985 and the amendments introduced by Law no. 16/87 of 1 June 1987, Law no. 102/88 of 25 August 1988, Law no. 26/95 of 18 August 1995, Law no. 3/2001 of 23 February 2001, and Law no. 52-A/2005 of 10 October 2005:

The exceptional reduction of 5% on monthly salary, in accordance with the provisions of Articles 11 and 20(4) of Law no. 12-A/2010 of 30 June 2010, remains in force.

The extraordinary salary of June shall be paid in June, in accordance with current legislation: Law no. 4/85 of 9 April 1985.

Under the terms of Article 24(a) and (b) of Law no. 42/2016 of 28 December 2016, 50% of the extraordinary salary of November shall be paid in November and the remaining 50% shall be paid in twelfths throughout the year.

 

III) Other allowances and rights

A. WHEN THE PLENARY AND/OR COMMITTEES ARE IN SESSION

Members who reside outside the Lisbon, Oeiras, Cascais, Loures, Sintra, Vila Franca de Xira, Almada, Seixal, Barreiro, Amadora or Odivelas municipalities

– €69.19/day as an expense allowance for each day they are present at parliamentary proceedings.

Members who reside in the Lisbon, Oeiras, Cascais, Loures, Sintra, Vila Franca de Xira, Almada, Seixal, Barreiro, Amadora or Odivelas municipalities

– €23.05/day as an expense allowance for each day they are present at parliamentary proceedings.

Members who reside in a constituency other than the one for which they were elected, for the purposes of travel to their constituency

– €69.19/day, up to two days per week when, while the Assembly of the Republic is in full session, they travel to the constituency for which they were elected in order to exercise their functions there.

Members who reside in their constituency and in the Cascais, Barreiro, Vila Franca de Xira, Sintra, Loures, Oeiras, Seixal, Amadora, Almada or Lisbon municipalities

– €0.36/km for each day they are present at parliamentary proceedings.*

Members who reside in their constituency but outside the Cascais, Barreiro, Vila Franca de Xira, Sintra, Loures, Oeiras, Seixal, Amadora, Almada or Lisbon municipalities

– €0.36/km – one return trip per week between their residence and the Assembly of the Republic on the condition that they are present at parliamentary proceedings during that week.*

Members who reside outside their constituency but in the Cascais, Barreiro, Vila Franca de Xira, Sintra, Loures, Oeiras, Seixal, Amadora, Almada or Lisbon municipalities

– €0.36/km for each day they are present at parliamentary proceedings.*

Members who reside outside their constituency and outside the Cascais, Barreiro, Vila Franca de Xira, Sintra, Loures, Oeiras, Seixal, Amadora, Almada or Lisbon municipalities

– €0.36/km for one return trip per week between their residence and the Assembly of the Republic on the condition that they are present at parliamentary proceedings during that week, plus two return trips per month between their constituency’s district capital and their residence.*

Members who reside in the Autonomous Regions

– the price of one return air ticket in economy class per week between the airport that serves their place of residence and Lisbon, plus the cost of the travel between that airport and their residence.

Members who are elected for the European emigrant constituencies and who reside in their constituency

– one return air ticket per week in economy class for flights with a duration of up to three-and-a-half hours between the airport that serves their city of residence and Lisbon, plus the cost of travel between that airport and their residence.

Members who are elected for the non-European emigrant constituencies and who reside in their constituency

– two return air tickets per month in economy class for flights with a duration of up to three-and-a-half hours between the airport that serves their city of residence and Lisbon, plus the cost of travel between that airport and their residence.


B. TRAVEL FOR POLITICAL WORK IN CONSTITUENCIES


Members who reside outside their constituency and were elected for a mainland constituency

– €0.36/km – a weekly amount of double the average number of kilometres between the district capital and the seats of the district’s municipalities.*

Members who reside in the Autonomous Regions

– a weekly amount corresponding to the quotient of dividing the average price of inter-island air fares by €0.36.*


C. TRAVEL FOR POLITICAL WORK

a) In Portuguese territory – €376.32/month*
b) In the emigrant constituencies:
Europe – €5,411.36/year.
Outside Europe – €12,897.49/year.
* Amount subject to a 10% reduction since 29/12/2010. See Article 4(4) of Executive law no. 137/2010 of 28 December 2010.


D. MEMBERS’ TRAVEL IN PORTUGAL ON BEHALF OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE REPUBLIC

– €69.19/day in expense allowances.


E. MEMBERS’ TRAVEL ABROAD ON OFFICIAL MISSIONS

– €100.24/day in expense allowances.**
** Amount subject to a 40% reduction since 01/01/2013. See Article 42(1) of Law no. 66-B/2012 of 31 December 2012 (State Budget for 2013).


F. RIGHT TO THE USE OF AN OFFICIAL VEHICLE


By law, official vehicles are allocated to the following: President of the Assembly of the Republic; Vice-Presidents of the Assembly of the Republic; Members who have exercised the functions of President of the Assembly of the Republic; President of the Board of Administration of the Assembly of the Republic; and the Cabinet of the Secretaries of the Bureau.
Members to whom an official vehicle is allocated must expressly choose between the allowance for travel expenses in mainland Portugal and use of the vehicle. This choice also applies to other trips in mainland Portugal representing the Assembly of the Republic unless notification of another decision regarding such a trip is made under the terms of Article 1(8)(a), (d) and (e) of Assembly of the Republic Resolution no. 57/2004 of 6 August 2004.


G. COMMUNICATIONS


In the exercise of their functions, Members have the right to use laptop computers, PDAs, mobile internet access (GPRS/3G), postal services and telecommunications systems free of charge, as well as the parliamentary IT network and other electronic information networks. Members are also provided with freephone telephone lines, automatic information systems and other forms of publicising their parliamentary work and contacting electors both centrally and in their constituencies.


H. LIFE INSURANCE

Under the terms of the Statute of Members, all Members of the Assembly of the Republic are entitled to life insurance.


I. MEDICAL CARE

The Assembly of the Republic has a Medical and Nursing Unit on its premises that provides general and emergency medical and nursing care for Members of the Assembly of the Republic and parliamentary staff. A doctor is therefore present at the Medical and Nursing Unit during plenary sittings. On other days, doctors hold consultations at specific times and nursing care is available every day during normal working hours.
The Parliament also provides group insurance for all MPs, which includes health insurance.

Furthermore, MPs are beneficiaries of the general Social Security system, which applies to every worker in Portugal. It includes protection in the event of illness, maternity/paternity, unemployment, occupational diseases, disability, old age and death.


J. PENSIONS

MPs are covered by the general system. However, they may choose to keep any other social protection scheme to which they may be entitled because of the specific nature of their professional activity. Under the terms of Law no. 4/85 of 9 April 1985 [1], until October 2005 MPs were entitled to a lifelong monthly grant from the moment they ceased to be MPs, provided that they had held that position for at least 12 years (equivalent to 3 parliamentary terms)[2]. This system was revoked by Law no. 52-A/2005 of 10 October 2005. However, it is still in effect for MPs that had already earned the right to benefit from the old system at the time it was revoked (i.e. those who had already been in office for 12 years or more).

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[1] Law no. 4/85 of 9 April 1985 (as amended by Law no. 16/87 of 1 June 1987, Law no. 102/88 of 25 August 1988, Law no. 26/95 of 18 August 1995, Law no. 3/2001 of 23 February 2001, Law no. 52-A/2005 of 10 October 2005 and Law no. 30/2008 of 10 July 2008).
[2] When Law no. 4/85 of 9 April 1985 was passed, the wording of Article 24 required MPs to have completed 8 years of service in order for them to be entitled to this monthly grant. Law no. 26/95 of 18 August 1995 increased that period to 12 years until the article was eventually repealed in 2005.