In compliance with article 77 of the Constitution, this Decree creates an Agricultural Reform Committee for each local government council. This Decree is divided into 20 articles dealing with duties and competencies of such Committees and Sub-Committees. Administrative duties and competencies (arts. 3-7). Each Committee shall enjoy the administrative support of its own secretariat and may also benefit from technical experts' consultancy by requesting it to the National Council of Agricultural Reform (art. 8). Articles 9-14 deal with legal procedures (land expropriation procedures are detailed in Decree-Law No. 39/83 of 4 June 1983).
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