General Assembly of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions takes place in Ponta Delgada – Poster
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April 19, 2024 General Assembly of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions takes place in Ponta Delgada The 43rd General Assembly of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR) will be held on April 23 and 24 in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island. The works will begin on the afternoon of April 23, with the opening session scheduled for 2:30 pm. It will be chaired by the President of the Regional Government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolieiro, and will be attended by the President of the CPMR, Loïg Chesnais-Girard. The closing session, scheduled for 12:50 pm on April 24, will be chaired by the Vice-President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Artur Lima. The programme includes a series of sessions dedicated to maritime affairs, energy, transport, the environment and climate, and a session on the future of the European Union's islands after the next European elections. About fifty members from eleven island regions from countries such as Portugal (Azores and Madeira), Spain (Canary Islands and Balearic Islands), France (Brittany, Corsica, Guadeloupe and Réunion), Malta (Gozo), Estonia (Saarema) and Sweden (Gotland) will take part in this meeting. The event will also be attended by representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and the Council of the European Union, namely those representing its Belgian presidency, and representatives of associations linked to the different realities of the islands. The Islands Commission is one of the six geographical commissions of the CPMR, encompassing 19 European island regional authorities located in the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. This body seeks to encourage European institutions and member states to pay special attention to islands, recognise the permanent disadvantages and vulnerabilities arising from their remoteness and implement the policies best suited to their specific characteristics.  The Islands Commission meets in a General Assembly once a year.
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Sant’Ana Palace
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April 17, 2024 Presidency of the Government joins celebration of International Day for Monuments and Sites The Presidency of the Government of the Azores joins the celebration of the International Day for Monuments and Sites with the opening to the public of the Sant'Ana Palace, in Ponta Delgada, and the Capitães-Generais Palace, in Angra do Heroísmo, this Thursday, April 18. The Sant'Ana Palace will host four guided tours, between 5.30 pm and 7:45 pm, with a duration of about 60 minutes, for groups of 25 people. These tours are intended to give an insight into the building, built in the mid-19th century as a residence for the Jácome Correia family, which has housed the Presidency of the Government of the Azores since 1980. The palace's garden, a remarkable example of landscape and botany, will also be open from 10 am to 8 pm. Admission is free. In turn, the Capitães-Generais Palace will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, free of charge, allowing visitors to explore the spaces of this old building that was once the Jesuit College, the residence of the Captain-General of the Azores, the headquarters of the Civil Government and today houses the Presidency of the Government of the Azores on the island of Terceira. All these activities are free of charge and do not require prior registration. For more information, those interested should contact the Presidency of the Government of the Azores on 296 301 000 or by email at [email protected]. The International Day for Monuments and Sites was established on April 18, 1982, by ICOMOS and approved by UNESCO the following year. Since then, this date has provided an opportunity to raise public awareness of the diversity of heritage and the efforts needed to protect and conserve it, while also drawing attention to its vulnerability. Representing an annual celebration of heritage diversity, April 18 intends to be a milestone in celebrating national cultural heritage and international solidarity in safeguarding and enhancing cultural heritage around the world.
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Regional Advisory Council for Immigration Affairs (CCRAI) – poster
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April 19, 2024 Regional Advisory Council for Immigration Affairs to meet on Monday in Ponta Delgada The Regional Secretariat for Parliamentary Affairs and Communities, through the Regional Directorate for the Communities, will hold the first 2024 regular meeting of the Regional Advisory Council for Immigrant Affairs (CCRAI) next Monday, April 22, at the Conceição Palace in Ponta Delgada at 10 am. The CCRAI aims to ensure the participation and collaboration of associations representing immigrants, social partners, social solidarity institutions and other organisations providing social and cultural support to immigrants in defining and coordinating policies for social integration and fighting exclusion. The first meeting of this body chaired by the Regional Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs and Communities, Paulo Estêvão, will include the presentation of the "Guide to Hiring Foreign Citizens in the Azores," preceded by presentations by the president of the Azores Building Industry and Public Works Association (AICOPA), Alexandra Bragança, and the president of the Azores Office of the Association of Hospitality, Restaurants and Similar Services of Portugal, Cláudia Chaves. The meeting will end with a celebration of Luso-Brazilian Community Day, annually marked on April 22, with the testimonials from two Brazilian immigrants about their integration into Azorean society, namely Eleonora Marino Duarte, from Rio de Janeiro, and Ângela Fernandes, from São Paulo. Established in 2002, the CCRAI has as its main mission to collaborate in developing social integration policies for immigrants aimed at eliminating discrimination and promoting equal opportunities and participate in the definition of measures and actions contributing to the improvement of immigrants' living conditions and the defence of their rights.  With the fifth amendment to the Regional Implementing Decree no. 30/2002/A of November 22, through the Regional Implementing Decree no. 36/2023/A, the CCRAI is now made up of the regional directors for the Communities, Education, Social Solidarity, Employment and Vocational Training, Health, and the Promotion of Equality and Social Inclusion. It also includes representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Azores, AIPA - Association of Immigrants in the Azores, CRESAÇOR -   Regional Cooperative of Solidarity Economy/Migrant Support Office, ASIBA-Association of Brazilian Immigrants in the Azores, the Regional Union of Private Social Solidarity Institutions of the Azores, the Association of Municipalities of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, the National Republican Guard, the Public Security Police, the Criminal Investigation Police and the Agency for Integration, Migration and Asylum, I.P. The Azorean Government has implemented a policy aimed at developing initiatives and strategies to promote the full integration of immigrant citizens, acknowledging their active contribution to the enrichment of Azorean society in various areas.
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 Sete Cidades Lake
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April 19, 2024 Berta Cabral proud of Azores' new distinction with Best European Destination award The Azores were chosen by the voters of the Viajes National Geographic magazine as the "Best European Destination," highlighting them as an "oceanic microworld teeming with life." "We are very proud! It is yet another international accolade, recognised and fully credible, which demonstrates the quality of our tourism and the heights to which we have managed to take our Region," said Berta Cabral, Regional Secretary for Tourism, Mobility and Infrastructures. The announcement of the award was published on Thursday in issue 290 of Viajes National Geographic magazine and on the website of the same publication. According to the publication, this award depicts the Azores as "a string of pearls anchored in the middle of the Atlantic, with good air connections and a wide variety of tourist infrastructures." For Berta Cabral, this is an "emphatic and praiseworthy recognition" of the work that has been done by the Regional Government, Visit Azores and entrepreneurs in the sector to promote the Region abroad, increasing international connectivity and developing and qualifying the destination and the products available. "This is clear evidence that the tourism development strategy we are following is the right one," she stressed. The Regional Secretary for Tourism, Mobility and Infrastructures went even further, pointing out that the magazine emphasises that "each of the nine islands of the Azores offers unique landscapes where multiple activities can be carried out." "It only adds to our key goal of having tourism all year round on all the islands," she explained, pointing out that "diversity has to be a strong point for tourism" in the Region. She added: "The diversity of adventure tourism combined with the natural and cultural richness of the nine islands of the Azores is a differentiating factor that helps disperse tourist flows throughout the territory and mitigate seasonality."
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Conselho do Governo
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April 19, 2024 Comunicado do Conselho do Governo O Conselho do Governo, reunido no dia 18 de abril de 2024, em Ponta Delgada, adotou as seguintes medidas: 1. Aprovar a Resolução que autoriza a alteração ao contrato celebrado entre a Região Autónoma dos Açores e a Portos dos Açores, S.A., que tem por objeto regular a promoção da obra de construção de um novo edifício de apoio à Marina Norte, no âmbito da requalificação da frente mar da cidade da Horta. As infraestruturas portuárias são fundamentais para o desenvolvimento económico da Região e o novo edifício de apoio à Marina Norte pretende oferecer melhores condições, quer para os trabalhadores da marina, quer para quem visita a ilha do Faial por via marítima. Em novembro de 2023, a Portos dos Açores, S.A. iniciou o procedimento de concurso público, tendo em vista a adjudicação da empreitada para os trabalhos de construção do novo edifício da Marina Norte, não tendo, no entanto, obtido propostas dentro do preço base definido, o que levou à revisão da estimativa orçamental da empreitada. O montante da comparticipação financeira da responsabilidade da Região Autónoma dos Açores, no âmbito do contrato, é reforçado em €420.000,00. 2. Aprovar a Resolução que dá continuidade à estrutura de missão no âmbito da saúde mental. É necessário continuar a desenvolver os cuidados de saúde mental na Região. Há necessidade de proceder a uma revisão do modelo existente, com uma cada vez maior centralidade na pessoa, proximidade e integração dos cuidados, respeitando a necessidade de otimizar os recursos disponíveis, articulando-os e potenciando as sinergias intrassectoriais e intersectoriais. É, ainda, importante incentivar, simultaneamente, a realização de intervenções comunitárias, no âmbito da saúde mental, substituindo os cuidados prestados em grandes instituições, e promovendo a integração das pessoas com doença mental grave na comunidade. A Estrutura de Missão para a Saúde Mental, que já existia e a que agora se dá continuidade formal, é constituída por uma equipa que integra um coordenador e um vogal, cuja missão consiste em prosseguir e concluir o processo de coordenação, promoção e implementação do desenvolvimento da Estratégia Regional de Promoção da Saúde Mental e Prevenção das Doenças Psiquiátricas da Região Autónoma dos Açores. 3. Aprovar a Resolução que fixa o período de recolha da informação junto das entidades empregadoras com trabalhadores por conta de outrem, relativa ao rosto do relatório único respeitante à informação sobre emprego e condições de trabalho. Atendendo que existe uma necessidade de articulação em termos de Instrumentos de Regulamentação Coletiva de Trabalho, importa adequar o período de recolha do Relatório Único definido para as empresas que empreguem trabalhadores cujos postos de trabalho se situem na Região Autónoma dos Açores, com o período fixado para o restante território nacional. O período de recolha do Relatório Único é fixado entre o dia 16 de março e o dia 15 de junho de cada ano civil. A informação relativa ao sistema de indicadores de alerta será recolhida entre os dias 1 e 31 de outubro de cada ano civil. 4. Aprovar a Resolução que aprova 15 candidaturas ao regime jurídico-financeiro de apoio à emergência climática, por danos decorrentes de fenómenos meteorológicos extremos ocorridos no dia 20 de agosto de 2023, nas freguesias de Remédios da Bretanha, Santo António, Ajuda da Bretanha, Capelas, Ginetes e Mosteiros, todas do concelho de Ponta Delgada. Pelo Decreto Legislativo Regional n.º 14/2022/A, de 1 de junho, foi criado o regime jurídico-financeiro de apoio à emergência climática, enquanto sistema de apoio que visa dar resposta a situações de perdas e danos patrimoniais que sejam resultantes da ocorrência de fenómenos meteorológicos extremos, bem como suportar investimentos públicos destinados à mitigação dos impactos das alterações climáticas e seus efeitos. No dia 20 de agosto de 2023, as condições meteorológicas adversas, de cariz anormal e imprevisível, que ocorreram na ilha de São Miguel, causaram diversos prejuízos patrimoniais às populações afetadas, nomeadamente nas freguesias dos Remédios da Bretanha, Santo António, Ajuda da Bretanha, Capelas, Ginetes e Mosteiros, todas do concelho de Ponta Delgada, pelo que se determina que o regime jurídico-financeiro de apoio à emergência climática seja aplicável às situações de perdas e danos patrimoniais decorrentes daquele fenómeno meteorológico extremo. 5. Aprovar a Resolução que autoriza a abertura de um concurso público, para a celebração de um contrato de concessão do uso privativo do bar da Praia de Porto Pim, na ilha do Faial, pelo prazo de execução de três anos. Com esta medida pretende-se proporcionar as condições necessárias para que os visitantes do Complexo do Monte da Guia possam usufruir de um espaço de comercialização de produtos alimentícios.
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