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Rural credit I

To the core: In loans granted via rural credit for the acquisition of rural properties by low-income farmers, part of the financing may also include “basic investments for the initial structuring of productive units of the acquired property.” Of this value, up to BRL 7,500, in five instalments of BRL 1,500, could be used for technical assistance and rural expansion. Now, the change is that the

number of instalments may be reduced and three instalments may be guaranteed for technical assistance and rural expansion before the first payment of the entire loan is made.</p> <p>Source: Resolução no 4.718, de 30 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Rural credit II</h4> <p>To the core: The measure provides relief from the Central Bank to farmers (including medium-sized operations) who received loans for operational expenses until the end of this month. Previously, 12 months was the maximum deadline for reimbursements for farming cost operations financed by way of obligatory investments of banks in rural credit, and which were agreed until the end of June this year.</p> <p>Now this deadline will be 14 months for cases of agricultural costs (except for cassava crops, which will have a deadline of 30 months), 6 months in the case of purchasing animals for fattening in confined conditions, and 24 months when the loan involved the acquisition of animals for procreation and fattening in extensive regimes and when loans involve both purposes in the same operation. For other farming loans, the deadline remains 12 months.</p> <p>Source: Resolução no 4.719, de 30 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Loosening farming rules</h4> <p>To the core: The Department of Farming Defense has a board concerned with the &#8220;Analysis and Review of Normative Acts” published by the agency. In an ordinance issued this week, the department took away part of the powers of this committee on the construction of the Agriculture Ministry&#8217;s regulatory agenda and the good practices which should be followed in the farming sector. Until now, this board was primarily focused on “proposing the regulatory agenda” and “supporting the improvement” of good practices, which are established in an agency manual. Now it will “support the building” of the regulatory agenda and “promote” good practices. The board now no longer “subsidized and supports the process of elaborating, approving, publishing and validating normative acts” issued by the agency. In practice, regulatory decisions will become more centralized, without broader channels for the prior validation of rules for the sector.</p> <p>Source: Portaria no 61, de 20 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Agricultural &#8220;ambassadors&#8221;</h4> <p>To the core: Agricultural attachés serve as lobbyists of the Brazilian government to open up markets for the production of Brazilian agribusiness abroad. As ambassadors, they are designated to work in different countries. Until the beginning of this year, only employees of the Agriculture Ministry could seek this position. A decree published in the first days of the new government opened this possibility up to those who did not enter the ministry via civil service examinations, providing they are actively working in the ministry. Now an ordinance of the Ministry of Agriculture goes even further, and established other liberal provisions in the definition of attachés. The most notable are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>To prove the lack of criminal convictions or disciplinary cases, candidates will no longer need to provide certificates, with a self-declaration sufficing.</li> <li>The ministry will no longer carry out “technical behavioral evaluations” of candidates. Previously, this was an eliminatory evaluation and assessed “personal, interpersonal, ethical, theoretical, technical, technological, operational, and managerial skills, by way of the exteriorization of behaviors and experiences, individually and in groups, of the candidate.&#8221;</li> <li>The decisive criteria were also altered. Previously, the matter of age, with preference to older candidates, was the fourth item on the list. Now it is the first.</li> </ul> <p>Source: Portaria no 113, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Rural properties</h4> <p>To the core: The registration of rural property in registers of deeds is only granted after the property is identified, including the limits of the territory, its location, and total area. When rural properties are split, the identification of the new property requires a descriptive report signed by a qualified professional and containing the exact geographic coordinates of the property. This descriptive report is obligatory for any transfer of rural property. A law sanctioned this week includes the dispensation of permission from neighboring properties for the registration of these properties. As of now, a declaration from the applicant that the territory&#8217;s limits have been respected will suffice.</p> <p>Source: Lei no 13.838, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Export of live animals</h4> <p>To the core: The Agriculture Ministry altered part of the rules which should be followed for the export of live animals (cattle and other species of livestock) for slaughter or reproduction. Overseeing the departure of the animals will now be down to the technician of the company responsible for the so-called EPE (Establishment of Pre-Departure). Previously, this responsibility was down to a ministry employee, who must be informed of the export at least five working days in advance. The normative instruction also states that this pre-departure establishment, where the animal remains until going to the port or airport, must be &#8220;at most&#8221; eight hours of land travel from the departure location. Until now, the rule states &#8220;approximately eight hours,&#8221; which is vaguer.</p> <p>Source: Instrução Normativa no 15, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">BANKS AND FINANCIAL SYSTEM</h2> <h4>Bank income</h4> <p>To the core: Banks and other institutions authorized to operate by the Central Bank will have more simple rules to submit their financial statements. Each year and every six months, they must submit a balance sheet and statements on income or loss, comprehensive income, cashflow, and owners&#8217; equity—each must have their own explanatory notes. But they will no longer have to publish these documents in newspapers, only on their own websites or &#8220;internet repositories, freely accessible to the public, which have the specific purpose of disclosing accounting and financial documents.&#8221; In the case of quarterly results, banks are allowed to disclose this information in a &#8220;condensed manner, including selected explanatory notes.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Other important aspects to bear in mind:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Banks which have premises abroad must disclose their financial statements with the consolidated position of operations inside and outside Brazil.</li> <li>Credit unions are allowed to disclose their financial statements on the site of the central cooperative or the confederation to which they are affiliated, on the internet.</li> </ul> <p>Source: Resolução no 4.720, de 30 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Banking security I</h4> <p>To the core: Members of the Executive Board of the Credit Guarantee Fund (FGC) will now be recommended to the board by headhunter companies. These members have terms of three years, and may be re-elected. Furthermore, the FGC will now demand their board members have a minimum experience of two years in management positions in banks or regulatory agencies of the National Financial System. Previously, this minimum period of experience was not a requirement.</p> <p>Source: Resolução no 4.722, de 30 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Banking security II</h4> <p>To the core: A change in the rules of the Credit Cooperativism Guarantee Fund impedes that, in cases of the potential decree of intervention of out of court liquidation of credit unions, members and employees of the Fund would participate (even indirectly) in processes of disposition of assets of the guarantee fund, of associate entities, former associates, or companies which are a part of cooperative bank conglomerates. In cases in which the Fund is guaranteed to the liquidity of the cooperatives, the prohibition also applied but only to members and employees, and their spouses and dependents declared on tax returns.</p> <p>Source: Resolução no 4.723, de 30 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Card for the visually impaired</h4> <p>To the core: In what is a well-intentioned law sanctioned this week, people with visual impairments must have free access to a kit with elements allowing them to fully identify bank cards and credit cards, with labels in braille and the identification of the type of card and its final digits, as well as an adhesive strip to stick the label to a card-holder. The bill, however, is not a good one. It does not define what credit and debit cards are and it is lacking a considerable amount of regulation. Who will supply this kit? What will be the technical parameters of the label? In principle, the measure will take effect in six months, on December 5.</p> <p>Source: Lei no 13.835, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Changes in the Central Bank</h4> <p>To the core: Changes in the Central Bank&#8217;s internal organizational structure have been approved. In terms of powers, there is nothing new. In many ways, these changes were already being performed in reality. The exception concerns a new rule on merger and acquisition deals between financial institutions that could represent systematic risks for the country. Late in 2018, it was decided that Cade, Brazil&#8217;s antitrust regulator, will no longer vet these deals—with that responsibility passing to the Central Bank.</p> <p>The newly created Department of Financial Market Structure and Competition will analyze deals related to bank concentration, and produce studies on how these deals affect Brazil&#8217;s national financial system and payments system. The department will also be responsible for proposing guidelines related to activities against competition.</p> <p><strong>Other important aspects to bear in mind:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The Institutional Relationship and Citizenship Board becomes the Conduct Supervision, Relationship, and Citizenship Board. The new body will &#8220;oversee the conduct and police compliance from financial institutions and payment providers.&#8221; It will also have the power to audit institutions working under Central Bank-issued permits. The board will be able to propose &#8220;resolution regimes&#8221; to the board of directors, which are Central Bank interventions in commercial banks and other institutions.</li> <li>The departments of Control and Analysis of Sanctioning Administrative Processes and Resolution Regimes were merged into the Department of Resolution and Sanctioning Actions. Among the responsibilities of this unified area is that of &#8220;carrying out the planning and monitoring&#8221; of Central Bank interventions in the case of risks of breaking the banks.</li> </ul> <p>Source: Portaria no 103.198, de 6 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">BUSINESSES AND INVESTMENTS</h2> <h4>Vale shares on sale</h4> <p>To the core: Similar to what was done with the shares of IRB Brasil Resseguros, the president formalized the long awaited inclusion of debentures issues by Vale and held by the federal government on the National Privatization Program. There are over 141 million shares, valued at BRL 2.5 billion by the government. The Brazilian development bank will oversee this disposition process. These debentures are different from the government’s indirect equity in Vale, by way of its shareholder branches of the BNDES and state-owned companies’ pension funds.</p> <p>Source: Decreto no 9.820, de 3 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">CULTURE</h2> <h4>Protecting cultural assets</h4> <p>To the core: From now on, any person can send an email to the Brazilian Institute of Museums (Ibram) requesting that a cultural asset be declared of public interest (it applies to anything ranging from paintings, sculptures, historic documents, or even buildings). If Ibram grants the classification, the owner will become responsible for the asset&#8217;s protection and preservation—informing Ibram annually on its state (in case of theft or damage, Ibram must be promptly informed. The institute will also have to be consulted for any intervention, including restoration efforts. Cultural assets under risk (mainly buildings) will be prioritized. This piece of legislation regulates something approved by law a decade ago, but never implemented.</p> <p>Other important aspects to bear in mind:</p> <ul> <li>The asset&#8217;s owner doesn&#8217;t need to be aware of or consent for his property to be considered of public interest. Anyone can notify Ibram about any asset.</li> <li>The process to declare or not an asset as &#8220;of public interest&#8221; will be quick. Ibram has 15 days to open an evaluation process (and inform the asset&#8217;s owner) and form a committee—which will have to analyze the demand within 60 days (a time frame that can be extended). An onsite inspection could be ordered by Ibram. The asset&#8217;s owner has 30 days to answer to the committee&#8217;s findings. The final decision on the process is up to the Consultative Board of Museum Heritage—and the Citizenship Ministry must ratify it.</li> <li>If the owner impedes the inspection team, the Federal Prosecution Office can be called upon. If they want to sell the cultural asset, Ibram will have a preferential bid. Ibram and museum administrations will have 60 days to analyze the terms which the owner wants for the sale—if a deal is not struck within 180 days, the owner is free to sell it to third parties—including from abroad.</li> </ul> <p>Source: Resolução Normativa no 2, de 29 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">CRIME AND CORRUPTION</h2> <h4>Pro-fake news veto</h4> <p>To the core: In this item, a presidential veto is more important than what he sanctioned. Jair Bolsonaro prohibited the increase in punishment for those who divulge fake news in elections, spreading false accusations of criminal practices by candidates. A bill approved in Congress foresaw increased punishment for those who published or spread accusations, on any media (including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp), even when &#8220;proving the awareness of the innocence of the accused party and with electoral purposes.” The justification of the president is that the punishment applied in the bill (of two to eight years in prison, plus a fine) is larger than that defined in another point of the Electoral Code, which foresees imprisonment of six months to two years.</p> <p>As it happens, this other part of the legislation discusses defamation specifically in “electoral propaganda,” and accusing the offended party “falsely of a fact defined as a crime.&#8221; But it does not involve the merit of the prior awareness that the accusation was false. Another point is that the expansion of the punishment applies to those who “propagate or divulge” the accusation, but without establishing how. In summary, it&#8217;s not the same thing.</p> <p>Source: Lei no 13.834, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Maria da Penha Law</h4> <p>To the core: As of now, women who are victims of assaults must mention in their police reports whether they suffer from any type of disorder, or whether the assault caused the disorder or aggravated an existing condition</p> <p>Source: Lei n 13.836, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">DEFENSE AND BORDER CONTROL</h2> <h4>National defense</h4> <p>To the core: Some additional rules were established regarding the functioning of the Executive Committee of the Integrated Border Protection Program, which works as an advisory branch of the Foreign Relations and National Defense Chamber, which is in turn directly linked to the President&#8217;s office. Among the changes include an increased presence of the Institutional Security Department (GSI) and the Ministry of Justice in the group. The GSI previously had one member in the committee, now it will have two: one representative of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin) and another from the Department of Defense and National Security Matters. In the case of the Ministry of Justice, besides the Federal Police, Highway Police, and the National Department of Public Security, there will also be a member of the Department of Integrated Operations.</p> <p>Source: Decreto no 9.818, de 3 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Crimes at customs</h4> <p>To the core: The heads of services, sections, teams, group supervisors and the head of the Center of Taxpayer Services, all from the customs department of Viracopos Airport in Campinas, will no longer have the power to send tax complaints to the Federal Prosecution Service which may provide grounds to open criminal cases against people and companies. This will now be the exclusive responsibility of the customs chief of the tax authority at Viracopos Airport.</p> <p>Source: Portaria no 60, de 31 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Purchases abroad</h4> <p>To the core: As of July 1, a law was set to come into force to provide relief for travelers arriving to Brazil by land or sea—in essence, neighbors from South America. Today, item up to a total limit of USD 300 are not taxed. This limit would have been reduced to USD 150, but the Ministry of the Economy decided to repeal this provision.</p> <p>Source: Portaria no 264, de 3 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">ENVIRONMENT</h2> <h4>Legal deforestation</h4> <p>To the core: This is another management plan approved by ICMBio, this time concerning sustainable community forest exploitation inside the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve, in Pará. The Resex (as it is called) comprises an area of over 647,000 hectares. The zone destined for deforestation for logging by the cooperative authorized by ICMBio is 28,900 hectares (less than 5 percent). Still, the numbers of the management plan are impressive. In 30 years, the plan foresees knocking down over 5.78 million trees (a limit of 25,200 cubic metres per hectare over the course of the exploitation cycle, considering that eight native trees take up one cubic meter of wood).</p> <p>Source: Portaria no 233, de 22 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">HEALTHCARE</h2> <h4>Private health</h4> <p>To the core: The Ministry of Health made some adjustments to the decree published two weeks ago, which altered the organizational structure of the department and created some controversy. One of the changes came to the recently created—and now extinct—Department of Certification and Articulation with Philanthropic and Private Hospitals. It will make way for the Department of Certification of Beneficiary Social Welfare Organizations, which will focus exclusively on actions involving charity organizations.</p> <p>The part which affected private hospitals will now come under the purview of the Specialized Healthcare Office. However, the focus on partnerships with the commercial for-profit private sector continues alive and well. The Office will work, for example on the formulation of policies and establishing guidelines for &#8220;articulation and contracting&#8221; between the ministry, states, municipalities and private establishments for the &#8220;offer of health actions and services on the public health service (SUS),&#8221; as well as providing technical support to local administrators for these partnerships.</p> <p>Source: Decreto no 9.816, de 31 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Training of health workers</h4> <p>To the core: Public servants in the Ministry of Health are able to receive support from the department for “continued education activities of medium to long duration,” which essentially involve post-graduate courses. Now, any permanent public servant, even from other agencies, may receive this support. In order to receive this benefit, as well as following already established rules, such as a relevant link between the course and the work done by the employee, there must be vacancies which haven’t already been filled by public servants in the Ministry of Health.</p> <p>Source: Portaria no 1.089, de 24 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>FGTS for health</h4> <p>To the core: A Provisional Decree issued during the Michel Temer government and now sanctioned by Jair Bolsonaro ensures the effectiveness of a law, also from last year, which had allowed the use of FGTS funds for loans to philanthropic hospitals. There were regulations pending for the performance of these loans which have now been resolved with this latest provision. During its processing in Congress, lawmakers included articles to allow the use of FGTS funds for credit operations for non-profit institutions working in benefit of people with disabilities (also foreseen in law but lacking regulation). Now, in practical terms, it has been decided that it is up to the Ministry of Health to regulate and subsidize the FGTS’s Curation Board “with technical studies necessary to its operational improvement and define goals to be reached in credit operations.&#8221;</p> <p>Source: Lei no 13.832, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Generic medications</h4> <p>To the core: Generic medications for the use of pharmaceutical equivalence tests may now be acquired with more ease outside of Brazil. These drugs, by the letter of the law, could only be purchased inside the country. Only when the purchase within Brazil is impossible—due to shortages—Anvisa allowed foreign purchases, but only from manufacturers which already produce the drug in short supply (therefore, those already inspected by the regulatory agency). What changes now is that purchases may be made from manufacturers which have not been inspected, as long as the medication is the same. Another point is that when the shortage of the medication is seen both inside and outside of Brazil, Anvisa may establish a “substitute generic drug under the terms of binding legislation.&#8221;</p> <p>Source: Resolução RDC no 290, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Combating drugs (or drug addicts?)</h4> <p>To the core: As of this week, treatment of drug addicts in Brazil will follow a new legal framework. A law partially sanctioned by President Jair Bolsonaro and originating from a bill from current Citizenship Minister Osmar Terra makes a firm move towards the direct intervention of the state with the provision of forced inpatient treatment without court orders, freely defined by government agents when drug addicts do not have family or legal guardians (in the case of homeless people, for instance).</p> <p>A nurse from a public health facility or therapeutic community may now directly request the inpatient treatment of drug addicts, as long as they receive the approval of a doctor and the proof of the &#8220;impossibility of using other treatments provided by the healthcare network.” The way in which this proof will be carried out, however, is not made clear by the law. The law sanctioned by Jair Bolsonaro also foresees that &#8220;family&#8221; may request inpatient treatment, without establishing degrees of kinship or how the search for distant relatives will be carried out, for example, with or without contact with the drug addict. Regardless, the approval of a doctor will always be required, but not necessarily from a psychiatrist.</p> <p>This forced inpatient treatment may not last for over 90 days (they should last for &#8220;the necessary time for detoxification&#8221;), but there is nothing in the law prohibiting posterior inpatient treatment in the case of relapse. A barrier to abuses provided by the law, inpatient treatment must be reported in up to three days to public prosecutors, public defenders, and other oversight agencies.</p> <p>Other important aspects to bear in mind:</p> <ul> <li>It is now obligatory in any treatment to drug users or addicts, even in voluntary cases, for an individual treatment plan to be drafted by the establishment in charge, within 30 days. This plan will be put together based on a prior evaluation of the individual and will establish, among other aspects, the activities of social reintegration or professional training and the &#8220;treatment project&#8221; which is most adequate to comply with that provided in the plan, as well as &#8220;specific measures of healthcare&#8221; to be used (the use of medications, for example).</li> <li>The law officialized the participation of the so-called therapeutic communities in the treatment of drug addicts. But it forbids them from carrying out inpatient treatment, even when voluntary, though employees may request inpatient treatment and send addicts to other healthcare units. They should have a residential character focused on the abstinence of drug use, but &#8220;patients&#8221; must be able to leave when they please. It is also forbidden for there to be any sort of imposed isolation within the communities.</li> <li>If individuals with &#8220;severe&#8221; psychological disorders seek out therapeutic communities, they may not stay there and should be transferred to the healthcare network. But the law does not state how these &#8220;severe&#8221; cases will be classified and identified.</li> <li>The National Drug Policy Plan, which is still to be put together in partnership with states and municipalities, will last for five years after its approval. Among the main objectives of the plan are to &#8220;allow the broad social participation in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of drug policies.&#8221; This is interesting, but how this social participation will be carried out is not defined and will need to be regulated.</li> </ul> <p>Source: Lei no 13.840, de 5 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">MINING AND ENERGY</h2> <h4>Relief for saltworks</h4> <p>To the core: In what is another decree of the Bolsonaro government which could potentially harm the environment, the president legalized the situation of saltworks installed before July 2008 in eight municipalities in Rio Grande do Norte and which are targeted by the Federal Prosecution Service and which have been fined over BRL 80 million by Ibama. Mr. Bolsonaro decreed that these saltworks are of “social importance,” meaning that the occupation of permanent preservation areas is permissible in these cases. In January of this year, public prosecutors filed suit against 18 saltworks in this region. The central environmental issue is that the production of salt is affecting the region&#8217;s mangrove forests.</p> <p>Source: Decreto no 9.824, de 4 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">PENSIONS</h2> <h4>Police retirement</h4> <p>To the core: Amid austerity efforts headed by the pension reform proposal, the government has published changes to retirement rules for law enforcement agents. In order to be entitled to full benefits, Federal Police and Federal Road Patrol agents must contribute to the social security system for 30 years—20 of which must be while performing duties &#8220;strict of police nature&#8221; (for women, the time of work is of 25 years—15 on police activities). That rules out administrative work, in theory. In many cases, there were doubts on what exactly constitutes a job strictly of police nature.</p> <p>The Justice Ministry has defined duties of &#8220;strict police nature&#8221; as those performed by federal marshals and federal road troopers in police stations—not restricting them to investigating, operational or patrol work. Administrative duties count, too. However, active agents designated to other government bodies, an assessment of their attributions will determine whether or not they perform &#8220;strictly police duties.&#8221;</p> <p>Other important aspects to bear in mind:</p> <ul> <li>Agents will be able to retroactively verify their activities—getting better conditions for retirement. The only requirement is a document in which the concerned agency informs the period during which the police work was<br /> performed.</li> </ul> <p>Source: Portaria no 580, de 6 de junho de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION</h2> <h4>Registered warrants</h4> <p>To the core: In order to establish the registered warrants for be paid by the federal government with budget resources, as of next year a more careful analysis will be implemented for all of those about BRL 500,000. Until last year, those above BRL 200,000 were also sent for analysis, in the case of individual amounts in collective cases. The purpose is to verify the legality of these warrants. Therefore, even smaller amounts will be put under the microscope, providing the entire action totals above BRL 500,000.</p> <p>Source: Portaria no 295, de 31 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h4>Increased powers</h4> <p>To the core: Paulo Guedes’ Ministry of the Economy has now been delegated new powers. The special secretary of Productivity, Employment, and Competition, Carlos da Costa, will be directly in charge of, among other aspects, approving the budget of the entire Sistema S, licensing assembly plants of the Rota 2030 program, and deciding the implementation timetable of goals of energy efficiency in vehicles (previously the responsibility of the Secretary of Development of Industry, Commerce, Services and Innovation). It will also be up to Carlos da Costa to set “basic productive processes,” which are the minimum set of operations to characterize the industrialization of a given activity. Previously, this was defined in a joint ordinance from two ministries.</p> <p>Source: Portaria no 263, de 3 de maio de 2019</p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align: center;">SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY</h2> <h4>DNA banks</h4> <p>To the core: The Integrated Network of Genetic Profiles, the so-called DNA banks, are not a novelty in Brazil. The network, which includes state gene banks, exists since 2013, but some parts were not well defined. In a decree, President Jair Bolsonaro established some rules for the network’s management committee, in a move towards improving the structure of this initiative of DNA banks. Among the norms is the provision that the board must approve internal rules and that two related committees will have to be included in the board: those of Interpretation and Statistics, and Quality.</p> <p>Each committee will have up to six members. The composition of the committees will be decided by the coordinator of the management committee, which will be one of the five representatives of the Ministry of Justice in the group. Besides the committees, it is now decided that the management committee may form working groups of up to six members each, to assist in specific matters. They may work simultaneously in up to three groups, whose activities may not last more than one year.</p> <p>Source: Decreto no 8.917, de 3 de junho de 2019</p> <p>

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