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  • 25 of November of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on November 25, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on November 25, 2020
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  • 20 of November of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on November 20, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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  • 13 of November of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on November 13, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on November 13, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Government's Resolution draft, on the implementation of administrative decentralization strategy and installation of the representative bodies of Local Power, presented by the Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho. This Government Resolution redefines some of the actions and projected results, present in the administrative decentralization strategy, as well as establishing new deadlines, depending on the feasibility and the capacity to execute these actions, so that, until the end of the mandate of the 8th Constitutional Government, a Municipal Administration or Authority with a statutory public body with institutional base and the local authority is reached.
    The Government Resolution draft authorizing the Minister of Petroleum and Minerals, Víctor da Conceição Soares, to appoint Jonianto Monteiro, as Member of the Board of Directors of the National Petroleum and Minerals Authority, for a term of four years, was also approved.
    The Council of Ministers decided to grant full powers to the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Territory, José Maria dos Reis, after coordinating with the relevant Ministries, to proceed with the signature of the Free Assistance Agreement between the Government of Timor-Leste and the United States Government for the joint rehabilitation project of the Baucau Aerodrome.
    Finally, the Deliberation draft, presented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mrs Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, on the award of Merit Medal, posthumously, to the five militaries of the Republic of Korea, members of Battalion South-Korean ROKBATT VII, who died in Timor-Leste on October 23rd, 2003, was also approved, acknowledging and thanking them for their significant contribution to national peace and stability. END
     
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    12 of November of 2020Message from the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, at the Commemoration of the National Youth Day and the Massacre of Santa Cruz
    Commemoration of the National Youth Day and the Massacre of Santa Cruz

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  • 04 of November of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on November 4, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on November 4, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and decided, under the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Territory, José Maria dos Reis, proposal to proceed with the project of Timor-Leste’s digital connection, through submarine fibre optic cable, to the cities of Darwin and Port Hedland, in Commonwealth of Australia.
    The procurement procedure, presented by the Minister of Public Works, Salvador Soares dos Reis Pires, for the lease of the fuel unloading infrastructure to the Hera's Power Station deposit, for a period of three years, was also approved, given that the State does not have this infrastructure and needs to rent it from private companies for its use in the unloading of essential fuel for the production of energy in power plants.
    The Minister of State Administration, Miguel Pereira de Carvalho, presented the political and legislative options for the Law Proposal draft on the first amendment to the Electoral Registration Law  and for the Law Proposal draft on the third amendment of the Electoral Administration Organs Law. The normative interventions aim to make some adjustments to the registration procedures in order to provide greater transparency to the electoral registration process, as well as to introduce some adjustments to the Electoral Administration Organs Law, namely in promoting greater collaboration between the two organs of the Electoral Administration, to allow more effective coordination between them, in order to achieve a higher standard of civic education among the population and uniform dissemination of relevant information on electoral matters.
    Lastly, Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak and the national representative of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, made a presentation to the Council of Ministers on the structure and common results of the National Consolidated Action Plan for Food Security and Nutrition. The plan presents the main priorities to be met by the relevant Ministries, Partners, Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society, in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2), of reducing malnutrition and food insecurity in Timor-Leste until 2030. END
     
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    29 of Outubro of 2020Day-off on November 3, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    October 29, 2020
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    Day-off on November 3, 2020
    Law No. 10/2005, of August 10th, amended by Law No. 3/2016, of May 25th, establishes the national holidays and commemorative official dates, and also sets the conditions for Day-off granting.
    Among the commemorative official dates, November 1st and 2nd are included. These two dates are of great importance to the Christian community. On November 1st and 2nd are, respectively, All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day are celebrated in the Catholic Religion calendar.
    Given that, this year, November 2nd, date which marks the All Soul’s Day, falls on Monday and that a large number of people will travel throughout country, in order to pay tribute to the memory for their deceased, and following the the article 7 (6) (d) of Law no. 10/2005, of August 10th, as amended by Law no. 3/2016, of May 25th, Government decides that:

    Day-off is granted on November 3rd, 2020, throughout the day.
    This order covers all employees, agents and workers of the direct administration of the State, whether central and decentralized , and in the bodies of indirect administration;
    The human resources of public services that, due to the nature of the public activity they carried out, should remain in operation during that period, are excluded from the previous number;
    Without prejudice to the continuity and quality of the public service to be provided, the senior managers of those services referred to in the preceding number shall provide the equal exemption from the duty of attendance of their personnel, on a date to be established in due course. END
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  • 28 of Outubro of 2020Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 28, 2020
    Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    Eighth Constitutional Government
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    Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 28, 2020
    The Council of Ministers met, at the Government Palace, in Dili, and approved the Law Proposal draft on the Organization and Functioning of the Courts, presented by the Minister of Justice, Manuel Cárceres da Costa.
    This Law Proposal draft refers to the organization and functioning of the Supreme Court of Justice, creating conditions for, once there are career judges with experience and sufficient number, to proceed to the respective establishment. Until that moment, the respective roles continue to be ensured by the Court of Appeal.
    It is also proposed the approval of the legal framework that will enable the future installation of the administrative and fiscal jurisdiction, which is responsible for judging the state bodies' decisions appeals, as well as other administrative and tax disputes.
    The nature of the current district courts, as courts of common jurisdiction is reiterated, with the possibility of splitting these courts of common jurisdiction into specialized jurisdiction courts: in civil, criminal matters and also, whenever the volume and complexity of the proceedings committed to a determined court of the first instance justify it, specialized jurisdiction courts in matters of family and minors.
    The Decree-Law draft regarding the New Regulation of the Military Service Law, presented by the Minister of Defence, Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus, was approved.
    The new regulation aims to reconcile the innovation introduced in the new F-FDTL Military Status, concerning the recruitment of troops in times of peace, adopting the mandatory military service system, to meet the needs of the FALINTIL-Defence Forces of Timor-Leste and the stated government programmatic purposes.
    The introduction of mandatory military service led to the need to restructure military recruitment and reorganize the various phases of providing normal effective military service to promote the effectiveness and efficiency of the various military and civilian services directly involved in fulfilling military obligations.
    The Council of Ministers approved the Government Decree draft, presented by the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, on the measures for the state of emergency implementation, renewed by the Decree of the President of the Republic No. 66/2020, of 27th, October, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency, now renewed, covers the entire national territory and will be in effect between November 4th, 2020, 00.00 a.m., and December 3rd, 2020, 11.59 p.m.
    Regarding Government Decree 13/2020, of October 3rd, which defined the implementing measures for the previous state of emergency declaration, the following changes are registered:
    The rules of mandatory prophylactic isolation applied to workers in the oil sector, in addition to the aircraft crews who ensure international transport of passengers or goods and for drivers of heavy goods vehicles for international land transportation, are now also approved by ministerial diploma from the Minister of Health;
    It becomes mandatory to maintain a distance of at least five feet between each person, as long as they do not live in a common economy, use a face mask that covers the nose and mouth when you have to access or stay in public or private places of collective use, and hand hygiene when intend to enter into commercial, industrial or service establishments or buildings where public administration services operate.
    The remaining measures for the implementation of the state of emergency’s declaration are maintained, namely, with regard to the requirement to mandatory sanitary control to all individuals wishing to enter or leave the national territory and mandatory isolation (quarantine), with a minimum duration of fourteen days, and COVID-19 test, to citizens wishing to enter the country,  citizens who have symptoms of COVID-19, or who have had contact with individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2. Expenses related to prophylactic isolation are borne by each individual, when it is carried out in a private health establishment, residence or isolation centre. Land border crossing for traditional or customary purposes and for access to regulated markets continues to be prohibited, while the respective sanctions are maintained. The entry of foreigners into national territory, across land borders, remains subject to prior authorization. During the period of validity of the state of emergency, all licenses, authorizations and other administrative acts and documents remain valid, regardless of the expiration date.
    The Government Decree draft, presented by the Minister for the Affairs of National Liberation Combatants,  Júlio Sarmento da Costa "Meta Mali, on the regulation of financial support granted for housing purposes to each of the national liberation veteran combatants, demobilized from 20 to 24 years’ war participation, was approved.
    This Government Decree draft establishes a financial support in the amount of 40 thousand American dollars, to be attributed to the national liberation combatant veteran, demobilized from 20 to 24 years’ war participation, who still does not have a decent and adequate housing, who is building their own home, but haven’t finished yet, or that already have a decent and adequate home.
    Acting Minister of Finance, Sara Lobo Brites, made a presentation to the Council of Ministers on Australia's initiatives plan on partnership for development, for the 2020-2021 period, called “Timor-Leste COVID-19 Development Response Plan”.
    The plan includes activities to the technical capacity and health infrastructure improvement, to the ongoing Australian programs continuation and strengthening and also activities in the context of economic recovery.
    Lastly, the Vice Prime Minister, José Maria dos Reis, made a presentation to the Council of Ministers through the Interministerial Technical Group for the implementation of a submarine fibre optic cable system.
    The Working Group, which operates under the responsibility of the Interministerial Commission, is responsible for coordinating the process of planning and implementing a submarine fibre optic cable system. 
    The Working Group presented the existing technical options, the evaluation and negotiation criteria, the plan for implementing broadband network infrastructure across the country and the political-legislative options. The chosen option should guarantee secure and quality connectivity, as well as giving Timor-Leste the opportunity to develop the national digital economy, promoting the national interest, including sovereignty, cybersecurity and economic rights. END

     
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  • 23 of Outubro of 2020Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 23, 2020
    Approved

    1 - rules related to the execution of the State Budget for 2020.
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