The information was released this Tuesday by Pedro Fiete Raimundo, secretary of the President of the Republic for State Reform. On the occasion, he also mentioned that, with the measure, it is also supposed to determine an automatic renewal procedure, whose completion the operator must inform the administration to carry out the inspection and carry out the renewal.
Cited by Angop, Pedro Fiete Raimundo clarified that the issuance of the document for establishments classified as luxury and first class restaurants is the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, while for second and third class restaurants the issuance is the responsibility of the services of the municipal administration, and in terms of the exercise of similar activities of catering businesses or similar in trailers and others, the authorization is also dependent on the municipal administration.
He also referred that the provincial governments and municipal administrations have to communicate – in the sense of writing it down in the central register – to the ministerial department in charge of tourism about the licensed businesses and give them permission to carry out the activity, writes Angop.
With regard to inspections, the diploma provides that they are carried out within a maximum period of 60 days from the deadline for the request mentioned in the document. According to Angop, the inspection must be joint, to be carried out by the services of tourism, civil protection, firefighters and health, with coordination of the licensing entity, which, after carrying out the inspection and paying the fee, has five days - from period in which the inspection report was issued - to issue the permit, if there are no impediments.
Hélder Marcelino, Secretary of State for Tourism, also quoted by Angop, considered that an economic operator active in the field of catering will have the possibility to focus, not on previous bureaucracies, but on business, boosting the sector and the national economy.
In turn, Filipe Zau, Minister of Culture and Tourism – who attended the seminar on simplification of the new licensing regime and inspection of catering activities – considered the implementation of this diploma as an important milestone.
In addition, the new diploma was also applauded by the operators of the sector – who were present at the seminar – who, although they were satisfied with the measure, prefer to wait for its implementation, writes Angop.