In the past July, under the recent government reshuffle, it was established the new Ministry of Environment, Territorial Planning and Energy, being appointed as responsible Ministry Mr. Jorge Moreira da Silva, great
supporter of the green economy. This reshuffle i s a sign of a higher consideration to these folders and may indicate a paradigm shift from the Executive in relation to environmental and energy policies.
The president of the Renewable Energy Association (APREN), Mr. António Sá da Costa, considered that the
new ministry represent s "a very interesting connection" as this is "three things that are transversal and are highly related". Also the former Secretary of State for Environment, Mr. Carlos Pimenta, praised the creation ofa Ministry for Energy and the Environment, considering it a sign of modernity and future.