Appointment of the competent entity to issue certificates attesting tacit approval

As part of the Portuguese government’s commitment to simplify administrative procedures, the Law-Decree no. 11/2023, of February 10th, established the mechanism for certification of tacit deferrals. This provides a mechanism for citizens to request, on a swift manner and free of charge, the issuance of a certificate attesting the occurrence of any tacit approval or other type of positive effects associated with the lack of response from administrative entities.

In this context, the Agency for Administrative Modernization, I.P. was designated today as the competent entity for issuing the said certificates.

It is important to note that the tacit deferral does not depend on obtaining the certificate, which is only valid to prove the decision.

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