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Brazil’s gift-giving rules

Gift-giving legislation for Brazil can be found in (1) the “Code of Conduct for the Senior Government Officers at the Federal executive branch, Article 9; (2) the Law No. 8429, or “Law of Administrative Probity”, Chapter II, Section I, Article 9, I; and in (3) Decree No 1171, or “Code of Professional Ethics for Civil Servants of the Federal Executive”, Annex, Chapter I, Section III – Prohibitions of Civil Servants, part “g”.

(1) The Code of Conduct for the Senior Government Officers at the Federal executive branch, Article 9, prohibits senior government officers from accepting any gifts, except from senior foreign officials where there is reciprocity involved. Inexpensive items received shall not be considered gifts if they do not have commercial value or are distributed as a courtesy, or on the occasion of a special event or commemorative date, and if it’s value is not over one hundred reals (R$ 100.00 = US$48).

(2) The Law No. 8429, or “Law of Administrative Probity”, Chapter II, Section I, Article 9, I, declares that public servants are not allowed to receive for themselves or others, money or any other economic benefit, directly or indirectly from anyone who has an interest, direct or indirect, that may be achieved or backed by action or omission arising out of duties of public servant.

(3) The Code of Professional Ethics for Civil Servants of the Federal Executive, Annex, Chapter I, Section III Prohibitions of Civil Servants, part “g”, states that civil servants are prohibited from receiving any type of financial aid, fee, reward, commission, gift or advantage for themselves or their family members for the action or omission of any duty of the public servant.

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Gift-giving laws for more than 70 countries are available from ethiXbase.

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