With municipal elections just around the corner, we believe it’s the appropriate time to take a good look at the role that civil society could play in building and strengthening democracy in Portugal.
Front groups are not the only way in which corporate interests can be portrayed as coinciding with a greater public interest.
When a corporation wants to oppose environmental regulations, or support an environmentally damaging development, it may do so openly and in its own name. But it is far more effective to have a group of citizens or experts -- and preferably a coalition of such groups -- which can publicly promote the outcomes desired by the corporation while claiming to represent the public interest.
O motivo pelo qual muitos movimentos activistas não singram deve-se na maioria das vezes ao facto que alguns dos individuos envolvidos, não estão, nunca estiveram nem vão estar focados na causa a que dizem pertencer.
If you are an EU national living in another EU country, you have the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal and European Parliament elections held in that country. The conditions are the same for you as for nationals. So, if you live in Portugal you have the same rights as a Portuguese citizen.
The past few weeks has once again highlighted the need for ethical practice education in Portugal, because ethics do not apply only to large issues it applies across the board in our opinion. Its a case of an individual is either ethical or not. Its a case of facing issues and making the right ethical decision even if the end "could" be used to justify unethical methods being applied.