budget and public accounts
In a specific chapter entitled Procedures concerning
public finances, the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly
of the Republic cover the details of the parliamentary
proceedings involving the Major Options of National Plans
and reports on the execution of Plans, the State Budget, the
General State Accounts and other public accounts.
Major Options of the Plan
are government economic policy instruments that set out the
grounds for the strategic guidelines for the economic and
social development policy. The Government must draw them up
and submit them to the Assembly of the Republic in the shape
of a government bill by 30 April, together with a report explaining
the reasons for them.
and Growth Programme
forms part of the Portuguese state’s obligations in the EU,
particularly with regard to the Stability and Growth Pact.
The Government submits the annual review of the Stability
and Growth Programme to the Assembly of the Republic for
consideration, before sending it to the Council and the
European Commission. You can access both the Programme and
the draft amendments to it.
The Government must submit
the General State Accounts by
30 June of the year following the one to which they refer.
They contain all the figures on the state’s revenues
and expenditure. As part of its supervisory responsibilities,
the Assembly of the Republic must consider and pass the General
State Accounts by the following 31 December.
Only the Government can take the initiative to draw up
the State Budget (OE)
and submit it to the Assembly of the Republic. It must do
this in the shape of a government bill, by 15 October each
year. The debate on this initiative is subject to a special
legislative procedure. You can access the text of the government
bill, the charts, the sectoral documents and the State Budget
Report submitted by the Ministry of Finance and the Public
Administration. During the debate you can also access any
draft amendments that have been submitted, both in the general
principles phase and in the detailed discussion phase, as
well as any votes that have taken place during the debate