The Government has ordered a civil request on Monday for the southern part of the country from Sines, supplies from REPA (Strategic Network of Gas Stations) and airports and from autonomous natural gas units (sectors where it has registered). non-compliance with minimum services), and after meeting of the electronic Council of Ministers, in order to diminish the effect of the strike of drivers of hazardous materials that began at midnight, announced Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
The ruler justified this decision by the fact that there was non-compliance with minimum services in the southern part of the country from Sines, supplies from REPA (Strategic Network of Gas Stations) and airports, as well as autonomous natural gas units. With regard to Lisbon Airport, Tiago Antunes pointed out that, as far as fuel supply is concerned, only 25 out of 119 trips had been completed by 4 pm on Monday.
Tiago Antunes explained that the territorial application of the civil requisition was based on the proportionality criterion since it will only take effect in the places where the non-compliance with the minimum services was registered. Still, the Secretary of State said that the civil requisition will be “gradual” and “progressive”, leaving open the possibility of extending the territorial application of the civil requisition in case of non-compliance with the minimum services.
This Monday, after leaving the meeting with the President of the Republic, António Costa acknowledged that, contrary to what had happened in the morning, there has been non-compliance with the minimum services by drivers of hazardous materials with great incidence since 14:30. In this regard, and taking into account this non-compliance, António Costa stressed that the transport of goods is already being carried out by forces of GNR and PSP.
What does the decree law say about fuel distribution?
Civil requisition is a legal mechanism created by Decree-Law No. 637/74 which explains that it is a measure with “exceptional character”, which may “have as its object the provision of services, individually or collectively, the transfer of movable or non-movable property. , the temporary use of any goods, public services and public mixed or private enterprises ”.
Basically, this legal instrument “comprises the set of measures determined by the Government necessary to ensure, in particularly serious circumstances, the proper functioning of essential services of public interest or vital sectors of the national economy”.
The distribution of fuels is one of the activities that may be the subject of civil requisition. According to Decree-Law No. 637/71, “the exploration, processing and distribution of fuels to ensure the supply of industry in general or public transport of any kind” justifies that the Government decrees the civil requisition.