Serviço Nacional de Saúde | 40 Anos | 1979-2019
Direção-Geral da Saúde

Directorate - International Relations

Areas of Activity

  • To coordinate the intervention of the Ministry of Health’s public bodies in European and international affairs and in articulation with competent bodies of the Foreign Office Ministry, of the Public Administration and with other entities, on subjects related to the Ministry of Health;
  • To accompany and coordinate European policies, namely on public health, as well as necessary actions needed for the adoption of European Directives to Portuguese law, for the abidance by regulations and decisions and the adequacy of Portuguese law to European recommendations;
  • To accompany European judicial and pre-judicial processes related to Health matters and to accompany the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Health matter, in articulation with other bodies of the Ministry of Health;
  • To propose plans for the implementation of international cooperation for development in Health matters and to coordinate its evaluation, particularly in Portuguese speaking countries;
  • To participate in negotiations of international agreements relevant for Health;
  • To issue legal documents about all relevant subjects regarding Health and international affairs;
  • To collaborate in the drafting of foreign delegations’ visit to entities of the Ministry of Health and to support the representation of members or representatives of the Government of the Ministry of Health, by preparing statements.