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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 10.5%

Portugal’s rate of unemployment totalled 10.5% in November (it was 12,3% in November 2015), according to a provisional estimate from the country’s National Statistics Institute (INE), which also lowered the figure for October to 10.6%, compared to an initial estimate of 10.8%.

According to INE, the unemployment rate was higher among women (10.5%) than men (10.4%) compared to October 2016, with the number of unemployed women falling by 0.1 percentage points and the number of unemployed men by 0.3 percentage points.

Unemployment among young people was 28.4%, 0.6 percentage points higher than in the previous month, while among adults it was 9.1%, or 0.2 percentage points lower.

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WHAT ARE THE MAIN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS TO COLLECT A DEBT IN PORTUGAL?

The most common debt collecting legal proceedings applicable in Portugal are as follows:

Ordinary proceeding
The ordinary proceedings in the first instance can be divided into declarative proceedings and enforcement proceedings. In a declarative proceeding, the court decides on the merit of the litigation between the parties. In an enforcement proceeding, the court enforces a judgment or an enforceable title such as a cheque.

Declarative proceeding 
After a claim is submitted to the court, it is served to the defendant. The service is generally carried out by registered mail. When it is shown to be impossible to serve the complaint via registered mail, the service is instead made through direct contact. The defendant then has 30 days to present his reply, where he can defend himself by alleging procedural objections, arguing that facts are not true, or stating other facts. The defendant may also file a counterclaim. However, it must be connected with the main claim or with the defence a…

THE ART OF MAKING CONCESSIONS

A negotiation is a little drama, and each concession is a sacrifice made for the sake of the own negotiation. When was the last time you went to a street market? It is an excellent place to learn how to negotiate. See how the towels seller cries about the possibility of his own personal bankruptcy whenever he makes you a little discount. Have you small children? If so, you have already realised that you have little chances of winning any negotiation process. I usually do not. Children are better negotiators than anyone else. They don't hesitate to use whatever it takes to make us give up our position. A tantrum in the supermarket is a legitimate weapon. How can we be as much effective as children?

Try to devalue the concessions of your interlocutor and value yours as much as you can. This way it is possible that the other party will eventually make more concessions than those initially intended.  Don´t mention or make any comment on it, as if the other party´s concessions were so…

New Judicial Organization

It was recently published the law regulating the new Portuguese Judicial Organization. The purpose of the law is to extend the territorial base of specialized courts and implement a new management model for the district jurisdictions. For the purposes of judicial organization, the national territory will be divided into 23 district jurisdictions: Azores, Aveiro, Beja, Braga, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Évora, Faro, Guarda, Leiria, Lisboa, North, West Lisbon, Madeira, Portalegre, Porto, Porto Est, Santarém, Setúbal, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real and Viseu. The 23 d mentioned districts, will correspond to 23 major Courts, established in each district capitals. Of the 311 currently existing courts, 264 courts will converted to 218 sections and 290 to central first instance local sections.

LISBON QUALITY OF LIVING

Lisbon passed New York in the quality of living. A study made recently by Mercer consultancy puts eight European cities among the ten cities with the best quality of life.

Lisbon occupies the 43rd place in a ranking with 231 cities. European cities continue to lead the list of cities with better quality of life. According to Mercer's study released on Tuesday, there are eight Europeans among the ten cities with the best quality of life. Lisbon is a place below last year, currently occupying the 43rd place in a ranking that considered 231 cities.

Justice in Portugal no longer dominated by men

According to the latest data from DGPJ, more than 50% of the professionals involved in Justice are now female.
In 2013, 58% of judges, 62.3% of prosecutors, 70% of justice auditors and 63.6% of probation officers were women. Also lawyers and trainee lawyers are mostly women, representing the female 53 and 63 percent respectively.
In line with this trend are also female current holders of the Ministry of Justice, prosecutors and the Bar.