CHAPTER IIBodies, services and their competencies
SECTION IGeneral organisation
Article 11.ºStructure SEF is structured vertically and includes the following bodies and services: Directorate-General; Administrative council; Central services; Decentralised services. The services referred to in the previous number include: Operational services that deal directly with investigation and control measures; Support services dealing with a series of activities to support these measures. The Central Directorate for Investigation, Research and Information Analysis, the Central Directorate for Borders, the regional directorates, type 1 delegations, border posts and mixed border posts are all operational services. All other organic units are support services, as well as those which, as part of the services referred to in the previous number, are involved in activities of the type defined in b) of n° 2.
SECTION IIDirectorate General
Article 12.ºComposition The directorate General includes: The director-general, who is supported by four deputy directors-general; Legal Office; Inspection Office; Office for Asylum and Refugees; Office for International Relations and Co-operation; Office for Documentation, Communication and Public Relations.
Article 13.ºDirector-general SEF is directed by a director-general, who is responsible for guiding and co-ordinating the work of the Service and ensuring it does the work attributed to it. In particular, the director-general is responsible for: Representing SEF; Chairing the Administrative Council; Defining and promoting a policy for quality, particularly in organisational procedures; Defining the management policy for human resources and allocating these to the different SEF services; Ensuring co-ordination of the process for planning, control and assessment of the results of SEF work; Ordering the inspections considered necessary; Applying fines, in cases of administrative offences; Taking decisions on administrative expulsion; Deciding whether persons should be added to or removed from the common list or the national list of non-admissible persons; Authorising credentials for staff; Exercising all other competencies attributed by law, regulation or delegation. The director-general may delegate the competencies listed in the previous number to any of the deputy directors-general. The competency envisaged in sub-paragraph h) of n° 2 is reserved solely for the director-general, although the latter may have the respective acts carried out by someone in a higher position, without prejudice to their being carried out in replacement in the terms of n° 2 of article 14.
Article 14.ºDeputy directors-general The director-general is assisted in his duties by the deputy directors- general, who shall exercise the competencies delegated and sub-delegated to them. The director-general shall appoint the deputy director-general to replace him when he is absent or prevented from conducting his duty.
Article 15.ºLegal Affairs Office It is the responsibility of the Legal Affairs Office to: Conduct studies, write reports and prepare information on matters of a legal nature; Draw up draft laws and prepare instructions with a view to the correct application and harmonisation of legislative doctrine referring to foreign nationals; Draw up reports, analyse and prepare responses to matters concerning the competency of the Service; Issue reports on international agreements of interest to SEF; Provide legal advice on all matters requested.
Article 16.ºOffice of Inspection The office of inspection, in agreement with the instructions from the director-general, is responsible for ordinary and extraordinary inspections of services, for auditing, investigations and enquiries, and for examining disciplinary cases. Ordinary inspections will be conducted annually in all SEF services and extraordinary inspections and audits will be conducted whenever the director-general considers this to be necessary. The staff responsible for the competencies laid out in n° 1 are appointed at the decision of the director-general, on the proposal of the co-ordinator.
Article 17.ºOffice for Asylum and Refugees The office for Asylum and Refugees is responsible for: Organising and examining asylum cases; Organising and examining, in line with asylum law, cases where authorisation for residence is granted for humanitarian reasons; Organising and examining cases, determined by the State responsible for the analysis of applications for Asylum, and issuing the respective safe-conduct, if necessary; Issuing a report on applications for reinstating refugees; Issuing a report on applications for granting travel documents to refugees, or waivers to the same, submitted at Portuguese consular posts; Issuing identity cards and travel permits to refugees, as well as granting authorisation for residence, as laid down in asylum law and renewing or extending the same documents. To pursue the competencies for which it is responsible the Office for Asylum and Refugees includes: An Examination Centre, with the competency referred to in sub-paragraphs e) and f) of the same number. A Support Centre, with the competency referred to in sub-paragraphs e) and f) of the same number.
Article 18.ºOffice of International Relations and Co-operation The Office of International Relations and Co-operation is responsible for: Obtaining, up-dating and disseminating technical information on Portugal's participation in the European Union and in international organisations; Preparing technical studies required to prepare SEF for its participation at international meetings; Providing SEF management with the technical information required to execute co-operation agreements and other bilateral or multilateral relations of the Portuguese State that are part of SEF attributions; Ensuring SEF co-ordination with liaison officers.
Article 19.ºOffice of Documentation, Communication and Public Relations The Office of Documentation, Communication and Public Relations is responsible for: Providing bibliographic, archive and document processing for the purpose of up-dating data bases of interest for SEF activities; Collaborating in the definition of document policy and information systems for SEF; Promoting the publication and dissemination of studies and publications produced on material related to SEF activities; Processing SEF correspondence; Handling the copying and translation of documents; Producing and disseminating information of interest to the users of SEF and for citizens as a whole, and selecting and disseminating information carried by the media regarding the work of the agency; Serving as a link between SEF and the media and developing activities promoting the image of the agency; Conducting the public relations of the service, as a whole, and clarifying questions raised by SEF activities in particular; Organising programmes for social, cultural and sports activities as part of co-operation relations with similar national and foreign agencies, as well as co-ordinating those of a cultural, social and recreational nature geared to SEF staff. To put its competencies into practice, the Office includes: A Documentation Centre, with the responsibilities listed in sub-paragraphs a) to d) of n.º 1; Centre for Communication and Public Relations, with the competencies envisaged in sub-paragraphs e) to h) of the same number.
SECTION IIIAdministrative Council
Article 20.ºNature, composition and competency The Administrative Council is the advisory and control body for financial and asset management. The Administrative Council is composed of: The director-general; The deputy director-general who, at the orders of the director-general, is responsible for the management and administration of SEF’s financial resources and assets; The director of the Central Directorate for Management and Administration. Without prejudice to the ruling in sub-paragraph b) of the previous number, the director-general, when he considers fitting, may convene any of the other deputy directors-general to take part in the meetings of the administrative council. The head of the department for financial and asset management shall attend the meetings of the administrative council and act as secretary. In particular, the administrative council is responsible for: Appraising the financial plans for spending and income and the management accounts to be sent to the Court of Auditors; Checking and controlling spending; Appraising the administrative and financial situation; Regularly checking funds in hand and on deposit; Giving an opinion on the contracts to be signed by SEF; Inspecting accounts ledgers and in-put of income.
Article 21.ºRegularity of meetings The administrative council meets ordinarily once a month and extraordinarily whenever the respective chairman convenes it.
SECTION IVCentral Services
Article 22.ºCentral Services include: Central Directorate for Investigation, Research and Information Analysis (Direcção Central de Investigação, Pesquisa e Análise da Informação - DCIPAI); Central Directorate for Immigration, Control and Specialist Document Handling (Direcção Central de Imigração, Controlo e Peritagem Documental - DCICPD); Central Directorate for Borders Central Directorate for Administrative Management; Central Directorate for Information Systems; Department for Planning and Training; Department for Nationality; Department for Operations.
SUBSECTION ICentral Directorate for Investigation, Research and Analysis of Intelligence (Information)
Article 23.ºCompetency and structure The Central Directorate de Investigation, Research e Analysis da Informação is responsible for the work of preventing, verifying and the criminal investigation of activities related to the crime of aiding illegal immigration and other associated crimes. A DCIPAI includes: Department of Investigation (DI); Department of Research and Analysis (DPA).
Article 24.ºInvestigation Department The Investigation Department is responsible for: Verifying and investigating criminal activities related to the crime of assisting illegal immigration and other associated crimes; Technical co-ordination in verifying and criminal investigation done by the regional departments for investigation and control. In the area covered by the Regional Directorate for Lisbon, the Tagus Valley and Alentejo, the competencies envisaged in sub-paragraph a) of the previous number are provided by the Investigation Department.
Article 25.ºResearch and Analysis Department The Department for Research and Analysis is responsible for implementing measures for the prevention, verification and criminal investigation of crimes related to assisting illegal immigration and other associated crimes, namely gathering material and information and the processing and dissemination of the same, in any of the cases that fall within the attributions of SEF.
SUBSECTION IICentral Directorate for Immigration, Control and Specialist Document Handling
Article 26.ºCompetency and structure The Central Directorate for Immigration, Control and Specialist Document is responsible for centralising, processing and disseminating information related to migratory movements, examining measures designed to support immigration policy, the identification and specialist handling of documents, registration and dissemination of migratory movements and information of a police nature, as well as centralising and controlling the issue of travel documents. The Central Directorate for Immigration, Control and Specialist Document is composed of: Department for Immigration, Registration and Dissemination; (DIRD); Department for the Control and Issue of Documents (DCED); Department for Identification and Specialist Document Handling (DIPD)..
Article 27.ºDepartment for Immigration, Registration and Dissemination The Department for Immigration, Registration and Dissemination is responsible for: Recording, processing and disseminating information related to migratory movements; Recording and up-dating information relative to foreigners, particularly that of a police and criminal nature, as covered by the competencies of the department; Up-dating and disseminating information relative to foreigners whose situation is irregular and who have been refused entry to Portugal; Up-dating lists of foreigners listed for the purpose of non-admission; Issuing reports regarding the inclusion or removal of persons on the common or national list of non-admissible persons; Centralising information on the expulsion, readmission and voluntary return of foreign citizens, as well as preparing technical standards for making procedures in these matters more uniform.
Article 28.ºDepartment for the Control and Issue of Documents The Department for the Control and Issue of Documents is responsible for: Centralising control and the national records for passports, travel permits, safe-conduct papers issued to foreigners and stateless persons and residence permits; Issuing travel documents in the cases envisaged by law, namely passports to foreigners in Portugal; Reporting to Portuguese consular posts on the issue of passports to foreigners; Stamping identity cards issued by the Foreign Ministry to diplomatic and consular agents accredited in Portugal, to administrative and domestic personnel or similar on duty in diplomatic missions or consular posts of the respective States and to their family members.
Article 29.ºDepartment for Identification and Specialist Document Handling Department for Identification and Specialist Document Handling is responsible for: Collection, analysis and dissemination of information regarding documents; Specialist document handling and preparation of the respective reports; Processing information for the identification of foreigners and stateless persons, that is naming, fingerprinting and photographing, as well as specialist examination and respective reporting; Providing technical advice in the design of documents.
SUBSECTION IIICentral Directorate of Borders
Article 30.ºCompetency and structure The Central Directorate of Borders is responsible for defining the procedures to be used at border posts, as a whole, and ensuring SEF attributions in terms of controlling the movement of persons at air and sea borders located in the area of jurisdiction of the Regional Directorate of Lisbon, Tagus Valley and Alentejo. The Central Directorate for Borders is composed of: The Technical Department for Borders; Border Posts.
Article 31.ºCompetency of the Central Director of Borders The Central Director of Borders is responsible for the following, in his area of jurisdiction: Directing, co-ordinating and managing the work of border posts that are part of the Central Directorate of Borders; Guaranteeing the procedures inherent in border control are implemented; Ensuring that the cautionary measures determined by the competent authorities are implemented and that all entries refused are recorded; Approving and having implemented applications for readmission, inward and outward, by air; Guaranteeing that administrative offences are examined; Performing the duties that by law, regulation or higher decision are assigned to him. The competencies envisaged in the previous numbers may be delegated to those responsible for border posts, with the option of sub-delegation.
Article 32.ºTechnical Department for Borders The Technical Department for Borders is responsible for: Ensuring that technical standards to make procedures at border posts more uniform are examined and prepared; Studying and defining the equipment required for border posts to function; Centralising information on the movement of persons at borders; The Technical Department for Borders includes: Centre for Air Borders; Centre for Sea Borders.
SUBSECTION IVCentral Directorate for Management and Administration
Article 33.ºCompetency and structure The Central Directorate for Management and Administration is responsible for the management and administration of human resources, financial and asset management and the management of telecommunications and security. The Central Directorate for Management and Administration includes: The Department for the Management and Administration of Human Resources (DGARH); Department for Financial and Asset Management (DGFP); Department for Installations and Security (DIS).
Article 34.ºDepartment for the Management and Administration of Human Resources The Department for the Management and Administration of Human Resources is responsible for: Preparing studies, enquiries and works with a view to the management of human resources; Studying and promoting measures to help up-date the skills of staff members; Operations involved in hiring, selecting, development and promotion of staff; Organising and up-dating biographical records and staff discipline; Administrative procedures for the movement, diligence, social benefits and sickness care of staff; Preparing the social balance, as laid down by law. To conduct its duties, the Department for the Management and Administration of Human Resources includes: The Personnel Management Centre, with the competencies envisaged in sub-paragraphs a) to c) and f) of the preceding number; The Personnel Administration Centre, with the competencies envisaged in sub-paragraphs d) and e) of the same preceding number.
Article 35.ºDepartment for Financial and Asset Management The Department for Financial and Asset Management is responsible for: Preparing the draft financial plan and proposed amendments to the same; Verifying and processing expenses in line with the financial plan and the standards for public accounting; Submitting to the competent authorities, within legally established deadlines, the management account of funds allocated to SEF, as well as those from SEF’s own income; Book-keeping and accounting of income; Processing remunerations and other allowances to staff; Acquiring, maintaining and managing SEF’s assets; Organising and up-dating the records and inventory of SEF’s assets; Acquiring and distributing uniforms and emblems envisaged in this law; Managing and maintaining the fleet of vehicles. To conduct its duties the Department of Financial and Asset Management is composed of: The Centre for Financial Planning, responsible for the tasks listed in sub-paragraphs a) to c) of nº 1; The Centre of Accounting Management, with the responsibilities listed in sub-paragraphs d) and e) of n.º 1; Centre for Procurement and Asset Registry, with the responsibilities listed in sub-paragraphs f) to h) of the same number; Centre for the Management of the Vehicle Fleet, with the responsibilities listed in sub-paragraph i) of the same number.
Article 36.ºDepartment for Installations and Security The Department for Installations and Security is responsible for: Acquiring and renting premises for SEF; Having maintenance and repair works done and adaptation works to premises for which SEF is responsible; Guaranteeing the security of staff and installations; Defining uniform procedures for staff and installations security; Safe-keeping and distribution of arms and munitions; Taking the necessary measures to security-check staff; Manning and maintaining the radio network.
SUBSECTION VCentral Directorate of Information Systems
Article 37.ºCompetency and structure The Central Directorate of Information Systems is responsible for: Examining, co-ordinating and implementing all activities related to planning, administration, production and the development of SEF’s information systems and communications, including those related to the National Part of the Schengen Information System (NSIS) and the data base for the issue of passports (BADEP), and any others that come to be set up in controlling the movement of persons in co-ordination with the users of the system; The study and inventory listing of the needs the services with which SEF co-operates in this area have for information systems, namely those of the CPLP, as well as support in installing the information systems for these services, collaborating in maintaining them and observing training activities for this specific area. The Central Directorate for Information Systems includes: The Department for Applications Development (DDA); The Production Department (DP); The Department for Systems and Communications (DSC).
Article 38.ºDepartment for Applications Development The Department for Applications Development is responsible for: Preparing sectoral plans for information systems in line with the global objectives of SEF, collaborating in the definition of the corresponding information systems and in the study and cost analysis of information systems; Contributing towards the definition of the content, detail and regularity of the information required and in the definition of information system standards and procedures; Integrating the different information systems and data administration; Collaborating in the tasks of organising demanded for the correct implantation of information system methods; Studies in the area of information systems leading to selecting the most adequate basic information and defining the subsequent processing of the same, as well as those leading to defining the circuits appropriate for obtaining, processing and disseminating information; Defining information system projects and planning and executing the work involved in them, up-dating and remodelling routines and programmes currently being run in harmony with the production department and implementing all prior study work, design, development and implantation of information systems, as well as their maintenance, documenting the different phases of projects and the different applications, by preparing operations and user manuals; Conducting the studies required to improve forms and other working documents that provide information that must be processed automatically, and designing questionnaires and other documents for recording data and information; Requesting from the production department the work of compiling and testing the processing unit and the chains involved, maintaining communications with the same department with regard to the implantation and use of information systems, with a view to defining the technical means to use, overcoming operational or security difficulties.
Article 39.ºDepartment of Production The Department of Production is responsible for: Taking part in the preparation of the master plan for information systems and planning and implementing all the work of data processing for which SEF is responsible or that is of interest to the Service; Administering information systems, databases and communications resources; Managing and supervising the use of the data base system for national passports as well as providing support for users of the system; Safeguarding the security and privacy of information, as well as information and communications systems and their safekeeping, ensuring compliance with established working standards, methods and techniques; Allocating the required equipment and logic support to applications being developed, optimising the use of material available and keeping statistics up-to-date on the occupation and yield of materials and the working conditions of systems; Working with the department that develops applications to overcome operational or security difficulties that may affect routines in force or in the planning; Establishing a link with users with regard to applications used in normal running, ensuring that data is received and processing products delivered, checking the quality of products against the specifications agreed with users and the control standards supplied by users; Maintaining and managing the files in the information systems archives and, where necessary, recording data using adequate equipment for the job; Taking part in the preparation of operating manuals and ensuring their correct application and revision.
Article 40.ºDepartment of Systems and Communication The Department of Systems and Communications is responsible for: Taking part in the preparation of the information system master plan and conducting studies on the decisions to make for equipping SEF with the right material and software, as well studies into implanting and optimising data communication and those regarding the adoption of methodologies, procedures standards and product-programmes; Implanting and maintaining supports adopted, as well as managing information and communication systems, particularly those related to NSIS and BADEP; Establishing the link with the suppliers of installed equipment, with a view to obtaining technical information, correcting anomalies and specialised support for software; Providing assistance to SEF’s data processing personnel or those using materials for systems, teleprocessing, standardisation and methods, as well as taking part in training and information activities involved in information systems, whether monitoring or drawing up texts, manuals or monographs; Providing technical advice, planning and conducting technical audits on information systems and undertaking development projects or research projects in the areas referred to in the previous sub-paragraph, or that it is expressly asked to do. Taking part in preparing operations manuals and ensuring their correct application and revision.
SUBSECTION VIDepartment of Planning and Training
Article 41.ºCompetency The Department of Planning and Training, that comes directly under the director-general, is responsible for: Preparing SEF’s activities plan and report; Preparing SEF’s general and sectoral programmes, observing their implementation and assessing the same; Proving support for the different SEF services in developing planning and control; Identifying training needs, preparing the annual training plan and then assessing it; Designing, scheduling, implementing and assessing training that SEF provides directly; Preparing and disseminating service orders; Collecting, processing and disseminating statistics on SEF activity; The Planning and Training Department includes: A Planning Centre, with the competencies described in sub-paragraphs a) to c) e f) and g) of the previous number; A Training Centre, with the competencies described in sub-paragraphs d) and e) of the same number.
SUBSECTION VIIDepartment of Nationality
Article 42.ºCompetency The Department of Nationality, that comes directly under the director-general, is responsible for: Examining, informing and giving an opinion on cases involving the granting and maintaining of Portuguese nationality and acquisition of the same by naturalisation; Examining, informing and giving an opinion on applications requesting equality status; Examining and giving information on cases for recognising international associations.
SUBSECTION VIIIDepartment of Operations
Article 43.ºCompetency The Department of Operations, that comes directly under the director-general, is responsible for: Co-ordinating the study and proposals on SEF’s operational activities with the competent services; Proposing general and special instructions for operations; Supervising joint action plans; Centralising operational information obtained through action taken; Transmitting pertinent news on action taken or to be taken to the public relations department for dissemination; Receiving and examining applications for authorisation for residence in exceptional circumstances for humanitarian reasons or for national interest; Centralising information on applications for authorisation for residence in exceptional circumstances, as well as producing technical standards to help make procedures more uniform.
SECTION VDecentralised services
Article 44.ºDecentralised services include: Regional directorates; Regional delegations; Border posts; Mixed border posts; Aerodromes and posts for possible international traffic. SUBSECTION I Regional directorates
Article 45.ºNature and territorial scope he regional directorates, in their respective areas of jurisdiction, pursue the attributions of SEF, particularly when these are executive, as well as research and control. SEF has the following regional directorates: Regional Directorate for Lisbon, Tagus Valley and Alentejo, head office in Lisbon; Regional Directorate for the North, head office in Porto; Regional Directorate for the Centro, head office in Coimbra; Regional Directorate for the Algarve, head office in Faro; Regional Directorate for Madeira, head office in Funchal; Regional Directorate for the Azores, head office in Ponta Delgada. The area and jurisdiction of the regional directorates are defined by ordinance of the Minister of Home Affairs.
Article 46.ºOrganic structure of the regional directorates The regional directorates include the following bodies and services: Regional Director assisted by regional sub-directors, who substitute the former when absent or prevented from attending duties; Regional Departments and nuclei; Regional delegations; Border posts, without prejudice to the ruling in n° 1 of article 30; Mixed border posts. The number of regional sub-directors in each regional directorate is fixed based on the number of residents in the respective area of jurisdiction, in the following terms: Regional Directorate for Lisbon, Tagus Valley and Alentejo - two; Regional Directorate for the North - one; Directorate Regional for the Algarve – one; Regional Directorate for the Centro - one; Regional Directorate for the Azores - one. The regional director for Lisbon, Tagus Valley and Alentejo will be replaced by the regional sub-director who is appointed for the purpose in a ruling given by the general director.
Article 47.ºCompetency of the regional director The regional director is responsible for: Representing SEF in the respective area of jurisdiction; Directing and co-ordinating the running of services under it in order to meet SEF’s objectives; Guaranteeing compliance with the procedures inherent in border control; Ensuring that the cautionary measures determined by the competent authorities are implemented, as well as recording refusals for entry to Portugal; Directing, co-ordinating and managing border posts, delegations and mixed border posts under its jurisdiction, without prejudice to the ruling in article 30; Guaranteeing that cases of administrative offences are examined; Opening cases for administrative expulsion; Implementing decisions for expulsion; Taking the decision and implementing cases for readmission, inward and outward, by land. Extending permanence for foreigners in Portugal; Issuing opinions on applications for visas; Granting and renewing authorisation for residence; Deciding on exemption or reduction of rates paid; Stamping passports issued by foreign diplomatic representations in Portugal; Granting safe-conduct papers; Authorising expenses up to the sum fixed by a ruling from the director general; Verifying and controlling that sums have been spent; Regularly verifying funds in cash and on deposit; Controlling bookkeeping and that charges are paid in; Authorising personnel holidays, in agreement with the holiday chart approved at higher level; Making home checks on absences due to illness; Justifying absences; Performing the duties that by law, regulation or higher decision the director is charged to do. The competencies listed in the previous numbers may be delegated to the regional sub-directors, head of regional department, heads of delegation, those responsible for border posts and those responsible for mixed border posts, with the option of sub-delegation.
Article 48.ºRegional departments The regional directorates include the following departments: The Regional Department for Research and Control is responsible for work of the same nature under the scope of SEF attributions, without prejudice to the ruling in n° 2 of article 24; The Regional Department for the Issue of Documents is responsible for developing procedures for issuing opinions on visas, extending permanence, residence authorisation and permits, issuing documents, records, attendance and information to the public. In the regional directorates referred to in sub-paragraphs b) to e) of n° 2 of article 46 a regional department for borders may be created, by implementing decree, when this is justified.
Article 49.ºRegional centres Each of the regional directorates includes a regional centre for administration responsible for developing, within the scope of the respective regional directorate, procedures for personnel, accounting, despatches and property. The Regional Directorate for Lisbon, the Tagus Valley and Alentejo, apart from the nucleus referred to in the previous number, also includes the following centres: Regional centre for visas and authorisation for residence; Regional centre for attending the public and providing information; Regional centre for records; Regional centre for removal; Regional centre for administrative offences An implementing decree stipulates that the centres listed in the previous number may be created in the remaining regional directorates, when this is justified. SUBSECTION II Regional delegations
Article 50.ºType of regional delegation Regional delegations are classified as type 1 or 2, as ruled by the director-general, bearing in mind the number of residents or the specific needs of the service. Regional delegations are led by a head of delegation; As required by the service in the locations where there is a regional delegation and a border or mixed border post, the head of delegation may manage the border or mixed border post located there. SUBSECTION III Border posts
Article 51.ºRegime The border posts in existence on the date of publication of this decree-law appear in annex I, which is an integral part of this law. Creating or removing a border post is done by ordinance of the Minister of Home Affairs, once a proposal has been made by the director-general of SEF. Border posts in existence or to be created may be placed under the dependency of the regional directorate where they are located or under the Central Directorate of Borders, by ordinance of the Minister of Home Affairs.
Article 52.ºClassification Border posts are classified as type 1, 2 or 3, according to the respective border movement. Type I border posts are the following and are part of the Central Directorate for Borders: Border post of Lisbon airport; Border post of the port of Lisbon. Type 2 border posts are the following: Border post of the airports of Porto, Faro and Funchal; Border post of the port of Leixões. Type 3 border posts are all those remaining border posts already in existence on the date of publication of this law
Article 53.ºResponsibility for border posts Border posts will have one person responsible for them, which in the case of type I are the sub-directors of the central directorate, in the case of type 2, the heads of the regional department, and in type 3, the inspectors. The person responsible for type 1 border posts will be assisted by two deputies. Exceptionally, and in duly justified circumstances, type 3 border posts may have a principal deputy-director as the person responsible. Should the person responsible for a type 3 border post be absent or prevented from performing his duties, the same will be replaced by a staff member with seniority in research and inspection, unless for reasons of interest to the service the director general chooses to appoint another staff member. SUBSECTION IV Mixed border posts
Article 54.ºRegime Mixed border posts existing on the date of publication of this decree-law, appear in the respective annex II, which is an integral part of this law. Creating or eliminating mixed border posts is done by ordinance of the Minister of Home Affairs, in executing international agreements.
Article 55.ºAttributions Mixed border posts are responsible for developing at the border zone Portuguese-Spanish co-operation within the competencies of SEF, namely combating illegal immigration and the violations associated with it, executing measures involved in applying the agreement for readmission between Portugal and Spain, prevention and the repression of trans-border crime. SUBSECTION V Aerodromes and posts with possible international traffic
Article 56.ºDependence Aerodromes and ports that do not function as border posts, but where possibly the arrival or departure of international traffic could be authorised, with the exception of those located in the metropolitan area of Lisbon, come under the control of the respective regional director. Aerodromes and ports covered by the exception in the previous number come under the control of the director for the Centre for Borders.