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Introduction

CCP - the Portuguese Commerce and Services Confederation - was created in 1976, as a result of the associative movement that appeared after the Revolution of the 25th April.

In the last three decades, there has been a considerable evolution of the economic activity in Portugal, as well as the commerce and services activities, which have become much closer. As a result, in 1995, CCP was transformed in the Portuguese Commerce and Services Confederation.

Therefore, we represent nowadays the interests and aims of the employers/entrepreneurs of commerce and of several services, gathering around 100 sector and regional associations and representing more than 200.000 enterprises, including micro and small enterprises, which have a very significant weight in this reality.