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Mário Soares (1924-2017)

The former President of the Republic and Prime Minister Mário Soares died on January 7, at the age of 92, after 25 days of hospitalization in a hospital in Lisbon.

Mário Soares was a central figure in the country’s return to democracy in the 1970s and served in the highest positions in the Portuguese political landscape: he was Prime Minister, President of the Republic and Portuguese Member of the European Parliament among other State functions. Mário Soares was also the founder and first leader of the Socialist Party and was Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he negotiated the Portuguese entry, in 1986, into what is now the European Union.

A champion of civic liberty, Mário Soares fought the Salazar regime in the 1960s and early 1970s, and halted the seize of power by the hard line Communist Party through democratic elections held after the return to democracy.

Golden Visa inflow rose 87.5% in 2016

Golden Visa inflow rose 87.5% in 2016 to 874 million euros, according to Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF). In December, the investment in Golden Visa was 87 million euros, up 83.8% comparing with November and up 47% from December of 2015.

Since the “golden” visas program was launched, on October of 2012, total investment was 2 567 billion euros, of which 2 316 billion was for property purchases and 251 million euros for capital transfers.

China is the country with the highest number of citizens to have secured permits under the scheme, with 3 050, followed by Brazil with 247, Russia with 148, South Africa with 137 and Lebanon with 72.

Portuguese companies financed by 1.6 million in Seedrs

Luso-British Seedrs, the largest European platform of equity crowdfunding, allowed nine Portuguese companies to get financed during the past year, reaching a total amount of € 1.6 million. Among these is the Tradiio, which was responsible for what is, until now, the largest Portuguese crowdfunding financing ever.

Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:57

Lisbon, Jan. 26 (Lusa) – More than 4,000 'golden visas' - special residency permits for major foreign investors - have been issued by Portugal's Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) since the programme was set up in late 2012, w...

Friday, 13 January 2017 10:11

Lisbon, Jan. 12 (Lusa) - The inflow of funds into Portugal attracted by the country's 'golden visa' fast-track residency programme for big foreign investors rose 87.5% last year to €874 million, according to figures released by...

Monday, 9 January 2017 8:50

Portugal's former president and prime minister Mario Soares, who was a central figure in the country's return to democracy in the 1970s after decades of rightist dictatorship, died on Saturday aged 92, doctors said....

Monday, 9 January 2017 8:50

Mario Soares, the prime minister who helped consolidate Portugal’s transition to democracy and became the first freely elected premier after a revolution ended almost five decades of dictatorship, has died. He was 92....

Monday, 9 January 2017 8:50

Elder statesman helped found Socialist party, set country on path to EU...

Monday, 9 January 2017 8:48

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Monday, 9 January 2017 8:47

Lisbon, 07 jan (Lusa) - The former Portuguese President of the Republic and prime-minister Mário Soares died today, aged 92, several weeks after being admitted to a hospital in Lisbon. The historic leader of the Port...


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