The Municipality of Lousada is an institution of local public administration. It aims to pursuit the interests of the population in the territorial space of Lousada Council. The council of Lousada belongs to the district of Porto and has an extension of 95 Km2. The city assumes itself as the center of the region denominated Vale do Sousa since it is situated in its geographic center. It has approximately 50.000 inhabitants that are distributed within the 25 parishes of Lousada.


The Municipality of Lousada directs its action to achieve a sustainable development, to promote and boost the council at economic, social, environmental and cultural level, optimizing the use of available resources and striving for a public administration capable of responding to the growth objectives of the council and the needs of its citizens.


The Municipality mission is to define guiding strategies and execute the resulting municipal policies towards sustainable development of the municipality, contributing to the increased competitiveness of it, in local, regional and national levels, through measures and programs in various areas of their competence, promoting the quality of life of its citizens and ensuring high standards of quality services.


In performing its functions and duties, municipal services should pursue the following objectives:

  1. Conducting a full and objective way of projects, actions and activities defined by municipal bodies, namely those consisting in investment plans and activity plans;
  2. Achieving high rates of improvement in the delivery of services to the population, responding promptly to their needs and aspirations;
  3. Modernization of technical services, accelerating the processes of decision making;
  4. Dignifying and professional development of municipal workers, and their accountability.

 The organizational structure:

  • Department of Administration and Finance
  • Department of Municipal Works and Environment
  • Department of City Planning

The Municipality of Lousada is also structured around the following flexible organic units:

  1. Division of legal affairs and human resources;
  2. Division of financial management’s;
  3. Communication, heritage, culture, education and sport division;
  4. Division of social action, youth, economic and tourism activities;
  5. Division of planning and urban management;
  6. Mobility and Equipment Division;
  7. Environment Division and urban services;
  8. Municipal projects service;
  9. Information systems service and communication

The activities and experience of the Municipality of Lousada in the Education area are the following:

  • Ensure the school planning, including monitoring and update the Education Letter;
  • Ensure the planning, organization and management of the school transport;
  • Ensure the operation of school cafeterias;
  • Ensure the fulfilment of the contract on execution transfer of competences between the Municipality and the Ministry of Education, particularly with regard to staff management in elementary, primary and basic schools, ensure measures to provide activities in curriculum enrichment and the management of school park on the 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic education;
  • Ensure the management of elementary, primary schools and basic schools in the Municipality;
  • Conduct studies, surveys and investigations that characterize the local school, and the state of education in the council;
  • Promoting and supporting the adult education;
  • Identify the needs of the most disadvantaged students for the allocation of economic aid under the school social action;
  • Ensure the management of infrastructure and cultural activities in the council;
  • Ensure the management of the Municipal Library and the school libraries;
  • Ensure investigation and inventory of archaeological heritage and historical heritage of the county;

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