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“Lisbon nightlife: enforcement of national and European laws on Public Health, Public and Private Property, the Environment, Safety and Sustainable Tourism Development

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Residents of Lisbon’s historical centres appeal for an urgent discussion and approval of the following: 

• Implementation of rules and procedures to prevent the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages in outdoor public areas, except in specifically authorised and restricted areas 
• Fixing of rules and procedures to ensure the enforcement of national and European laws on noise and respective control 
• Restriction and harmonisation of opening hours of bars, pubs and off-premise alcohol retailers 
• Preparation and approval of Council Regulations, providing on the working and operating conditions of retail outlets in Historical Centres, and of rules governing the occupation of public outdoor areas in order to protect public health, quality of life, the environment and sustainable tourism development in these areas. 

The Lisbon nightlife has deteriorated continuously as result of the mass gathering of consumers in residential areas and enormous environmental noise, in systematic violation of: 

? National and European laws on noise, which jeopardise economic, social and cultural rights as well as the rights, freedoms and guarantees laid down in the Portuguese Constitution, namely the moral and physical integrity of individuals (article 25, no. 1) and the protection of the intimacy of private and family life (article 26, no. 1). 

? Article 5, no. 1 of the Framework Environmental Law, which provides that “every one has the right to the environment and quality of life in accordance with constitutionally and internationally recognised terms.” 

? Article 11, no. 1, 2 and 3 of the Framework Cultural Heritage Law, which provides that “it is the duty of each and every one to protect, preserve and enhance the cultural heritage”. 

? The National Health Plan viewing the reduction of drug and alcohol abuse and addictive behaviours (2013-2020). 

Lisbon’s historical centre is facing a complete absence of living and community rules deriving from unbridled nightlife fun. The change in consumption patterns – increasing binge drinking and early alcohol use by young people are encouraged by permissiveness in the face of excessive behaviours, such as: 
? Existence, in residential areas, of bars which are opened until dawn, many of which with sound speakers off-premises, 
? Cars parked on the streets of the Historical Centre with their radios turned on to maximum volume and trunks filled with booze to be drunk in these areas; improvised “concerts” in the middle of the night; Loud student “praxes” and young people in alcoholic comas. 
? Streets, squares and gardens covered with litter (thousands of bottles and plastic cups, vomit, urine, and every other kind of waste). 
? Increase in crime and resultant feeling of insecurity: destruction of urban equipment and public and private property with tagging; damaged cars, waste containers set on fire, constant trouble and disorder, insults to residents, thefts and drug trafficking. 
? Spreading of this form of nightlife fun (including binge drinking) to other areas of the city at different times of the day, namely to the neighbourhoods of Arco do Cego and Parque das Nações. 

In its report dated December 2013 available at 
http://www.provedor-jus.pt/site/public/archive/doc/Boas_praticas_municipal_ruido.pdf the Portuguese Ombudsman specifically points out that «EXCESSIVE NIGHT NOISE, mass gatherings in residential areas, streets covered with garbage, deterioration of public spaces justify and require public intervention to restrict the sale/consumption of alcoholic beverages in outdoor public areas, as it translates in intolerable infringements of fundamental rights to the quality of life, a balanced and healthy environment and a sustained development, while spurring insecurity, unhealthy conditions and disrupting public order.» 

Whereas: 
• The phenomenon of mass alcohol consumption on public outdoor areas requires an urgent restrictive intervention by relevant authorities to safeguard citizens’ fundamental rights to health, quality of life and a balanced environment, and to a sustained tourism development; 
• Serious impacts are not exclusive of the historical centre, but rather the result of the model of city envisaged; 
• Other European cities with similar problems proved a more consistent approach to the laws in force, establishing specific rules to govern the problems associated with this model of nightlife, namely Madrid, Brussels, Berlin, London, Barcelona, Valencia; 
• Tourism sustainability in historical town centres is presently an absolute need and can only be ensured with adequate compatibility between their residential nature and different economic activities, whether restaurants and bars, specialized trade, hotels, creative industries while respecting the environment and local heritage and culture, since these are the values, that if duly preserved and enhanced will attract tourism; 
• The application of Lisbon Historical Neighbourhoods as “historical urban landscapes” to UNESCO World Heritage will only be considered if an integrated plan exists for its preservation and qualification, 

we appeal to all citizens to sign this petition. 

tl;dr: Lisbon nightlife is absolutely crazy. Please, sign this. I can’t sleep at night because of this.

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