This Thursday, the PSD Parliamentary Committee questioned the situation of “pre-breakdown and severe delays” in appointments at Portuguese embassies in the United Kingdom. In a written letter to the foreign and foreign ministers, the ‘orange’ delegates said the Portuguese consulate in London would resume its normal opening hours from this week, as will happen with the embassy in Manchester in September. Has been over for months. ”.
The Social Democratic Bench warns that Portuguese people in the United Kingdom continue to face difficulties in planning to renew their citizens’ cards and passports, with appointments scheduled in some cases “only until March 2022”.
“At a time when a complete and adequate response was expected from embassy services that would meet the needs of the Portuguese community in the United Kingdom, it was a priority to correct major delays in planning – EU citizens registered despite the application period for the system already being in place. [EU Settlement Scheme, EUSS] – This decision is made, it goes in the complete opposite direction ”, maintains the PSD.
Delegates warn that the issue of attendance will continue if no alternative action is taken, subjecting Portuguese residents in the UK to “a bad service”. Therefore, in the short term, PSD asks Augusto Santos Silva what concrete and urgent steps the government will take to rectify the disruptions in the service and update the documents.
While the government expects to fulfill its promise to strengthen its diplomatic services in the United Kingdom with human and computer resources, if it gets to reverse its decision to close embassy services on Saturday, the PSD would like to urgently answer two questions.
Two weeks ago, the largest opposition parliamentary group competed for the abolition of diplomatic posts in several countries where the presence of the Portuguese community was significant, expecting immigrants to be “severely punished”. The PSD warned that the changes introduced by the government in the embassy network of “removal of consulates, embassies and embassies” would have a strong impact on the service provided to users and on Portugal’s political-diplomatic presence. A significant number of cities are “we are historically connected”.
The PSD pointed to vulnerable embassies in the USA, Recife, Belem do Barre, Fortaleza, Porto Alegre and Curitiba, Brazil, as well as Waikoloa, a neighboring country, and Toulouse in France.