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On the Office of the Secretary of State for Administrative Modernisation

Where does it fit in the Government’s structure?

Decree-Law no. 240/2007 introduced some changes to the structure of the XVII Constitutional, both as regards its members and functional structure. The Presidency of the Council of Ministers now includes the Secretariat of State for Administrative Modernisation which assists the Minister for the Presidency in carrying out his/her functions, namely by delegation of powers.

 

What are its powers?

The Office of the Secretary of State for Administrative Modernisation has delegated powers to monitor the implementation of the Operational Programme for Public Administration. It also has powers with respect to the Agency for Administrative Modernisation, namely as regards the political coordination of programmes and projects of administrative and regulatory modernisation and simplification, e-government and provision of distributed public services.

 

Does it correspond to the former Coordination Unit for Administrative Simplification (UCMA)?

In the wake of the latest changes made to the Government’s structure, UCMA ceased to exist as the body tasked with coordinating and implementing initiatives aimed at administrative modernisation. It is now incumbent upon the Secretary of State for Administrative Modernisation to provide political coordination of administrative modernisation initiatives by delegation of powers from the Minister for the Presidency. The Agency for Administrative Modernisation is tasked with implementing such initiatives.

 

What is the difference between the Office of the Secretary of State for Administrative
Modernisation and the Agency for Administrative Modernisation (AMA)?

The Secretariat of State for Administrative Modernisation is the Government’s structure providing political coordination for administrative modernisation initiatives. By delegation of powers from the Minister for the Presidency, it is also tasked with providing supervision and guidance to the Agency for Administrative Modernisation. The Agency is the public body tasked with the implementation of adopted policies which have a transversal nature and thus require “promoting the participation and involvement of the different actors, institutions and decision-makers “ (further information on AMA at www.ama.pt ).

 

 
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