The Portuguese government recently enacted Directive 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amended Directive 2004/35/EC regarding environmental liability.
Following the conclusion, in May 2014, of the Programme of Economic and Financial Assistance (involving the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank), the Portuguese Government launched the ´Green Growth Strategy´ and recently approved the ´Green Growth Commitment´, which aims to link economic growth with responsible and sustainable economic behaviour.
As part of the Europe 2020 strategy, the “Horizon 2020 - Framework Programme for Research and Innovation”, establishes European Union research and innovation funding for 2014-2020. Since its launch by the European Commission, the framework has been considered one of the EU key tools aimed at financial stabilisation, economic and competitive growth, sustainable development and climate action. Horizon 2020 focuses resources on three different fields of action: excellent science; industrial leadership; and societal challenges.
A legal regime establishing new environmental impact assessment rules applicable to public and private projects likely to cause significant effects on the environment – Decree-Law nr. 151-B/2013, of 31 October[MGP1] which enacted Directive 2011/92/EU, of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 – entered into force on 1 November 2013 and was recently amended by Decree-Law nr. 47/2014, of 24 March.