Aware of the importance of developing a competitive
economy, the 17th Portuguese Constitutional Government recognized, in its
Programme for the field of Justice, that "citizens and companies cannot
be burdened with bureaucratic requirements which add nothing to the quality
of the service". In keeping with the guidelines set out in its Programme,
the Government, acting through the Ministry of Justice, has striven to create
innovative services which help to improve the quality of life of citizens
whilst at the same time developing a better business environment.
This reform is therefore undoubtedly a very significant step towards creating
a more competitive economy in Portugal, capable of attracting increased
The Cutting Red Tape website is a repository of information for all the
measures taken since 2005 to reduce bureaucracy in the Justice area. In
the next pages several measures are explained, giving an overview of all
the necessary steps required to procede with this reform, as well as of
the results obtained until now.