DGAEP Ministry of Finance and Public Administration


Portugal is the westernmost country of continental Europe with an area of 92.010 Km2 and a population of about 10.5 million persons.

Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe with eight centuries of History that started in 1143, when D. Afonso Henriques declared independency in Guimarães from the kingdoms of León and Castile.

The Portuguese Republic is a democratic State based upon the rule of law, the sovereignty of the people, the pluralism of democratic expression and democratic political organisation, and compliance with fundamental rights and freedoms and the separation and inter-dependence of powers.  

Portugal is a unitary State that is structured and functions under the rule of the self-governing system of the islands and the principles of the subsidiarity, the autonomy of local authorities and the democratic decentralisation of the public service. The archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira form autonomous regions with their own political and administrative statutes and their own institutions of self-government. 

The system of the central government, often described as semi-presidential, is based on three political organs: the President of the Republic, the Parliament  and the Government. The Courts are also sovereign organs, and their formation, composition and areas of competency are laid out in the Constitution.

The government is, in accordance with the Portuguese Constitution, the supreme organ of Public Administration. In Portugal, Public Adminsitration is divided in the following three administration levels:

  • Direct State Administration
  • Indirect State Administration
  • Autonomous Administration

The Directorate-General for Administration and Public Employment (DGAEP) is a cross-sectional service of Direct State Administration and is part of the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration.



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