This Thursday, the President of the Republic promulgated changes to the procedures for issuing, delivering and using the citizen’s card and the legal regime for the donation of food for social solidarity purposes, which benefit the “most affected by crises”.

In a message posted on the website of the Presidency of the Republic, it reads that “the President of the Republic today promulgated two diplomas of the Assembly of the Republic with measures in particular in favor of the Portuguese most affected by the crises”.

The first “Simplifies procedures for issuing, delivering and using the citizen card and makes the right to the citizen card for homeless people real”.

On July 22, parliament approved changes to procedures for issuing, delivering and using the citizen’s card, which make it more accessible to citizens without a physical postal address, such as homeless people.

The text of the Constitutional Affairs Committee, based on a government bill and a PAN bill, provides that citizens without a physical postal address can indicate on the citizen’s card the address of a city council, association or entity of society non-profit civil society, or even a PO Box, telephone number or email address, if the other alternatives prove to be unfeasible.

The final text also states that “the holder’s authorization, upon prior insertion of the personal code (PIN), requires access to information on the address contained in the information system responsible for the life cycle of the citizen card, without prejudice to direct access by judicial authorities and entities police officers to check the identity of the citizen”.

It is also generalized the possibility of delivering the citizen card by post, at the address of its holder, also providing that the associated certificates of authentication and signature can be activated remotely, by means of “the use of secure mechanisms”.

A new legal regime for the donation of food for social solidarity purposes was also enacted, establishing the obligation to donate, and measures to combat food waste.

Originating from a PAN bill, the diploma establishes that companies in the agri-food sector with an annual turnover of more than 50 million euros or that employ 250 or more people are obliged to donate foodstuffs that are not susceptible to harm the consumer’s health, have lost their marketing condition, as long as there are operators available to receive them in the municipality where they are located or in a neighboring municipality.

The document calls for the Government to create an incentive system for these companies.

The law also indicates the integration in school programs of an education for sustainability component, “to ensure awareness of the need to eradicate hunger and the need to reduce food waste and the importance of efficient management of natural resources, preventing the production of biodegradable waste and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases ”.

The National Register of Operators is also created, which works with the National Commission to Combat Food Waste, and the chambers must draw up and implement a municipal plan to combat food waste.

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