The former director of Cultural Heritage, Bernardo Alabaça, will be municipal director at the Lisbon City Council. This Friday, the autarchy is discussing the appointment of four new municipal directors and the engineer with extensive experience in the real estate sector is the name proposed by Carlos Moedas for the mass of Patrimonial Management.
Bernardo Alabaça was dismissed from the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) in June this year by the Minister of Culture, Graça Fonseca, less than a year and a half after being appointed. Received suspiciously due to its connections to real estate, it would eventually come out with praise from the cultural sector.
Before joining the DGPC in February 2020, Alabaça collaborated with the chamber in identifying potentially interesting state properties and later, as an advisor to the municipal SRU company, studied in the Affordable Income Program. In both cases, he dealt closely with the man he will now replace, António Furtado, who was municipal director of Patrimonial Management since 2015.
This is not a single boss to change now that a new PSD/CDS executive has come into office. The proposal that Moedas takes to votes this Friday includes changes in the municipal directorates of Urbanism, Environment and Culture.
In Urbanismo, the proposed name is Sofia Tropa, who has worked at the council since 2015, after her first stint at the municipality in the late 1990s. For the last three years, the engineer was head of the Space Project Management Division Public. In this department, the program Uma Praça em Cada Bairro coordinated and managed the project to requalify the axis between Marquês de Pombal and Entrecampos.
Sofia Tropa will replace Rosália Russo, who took office in January 2020 on the nomination of the then councilor of Urbanism, Ricardo Veludo.
For the Municipal Directorate of Environment, Green Structure, Climate and Energy, the choice falls on Catarina Marques de Freitas, who holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the Instituto Superior Técnico, who held the same functions in the Almada Council. He will replace Ângelo Mesquita, who has been municipal director since 2005 and asked for the reform this year.
The future municipal director of Culture will be Carlos Moura-Carvalho, a lawyer, who was general director of Arts between 2015 and 2016, who launched the Reading Cabins network and, more recently, launched and directed the Abecedário literary festival. He will occupy the position until now occupied by Manuel Veiga, municipal director since 2013.
If a proposal is approved, all nominees will take up their duties on a replacement basis. The City of Lisbon has not opened tenders for managerial cargo since at least 2015.