Adhering to the general principles of being a company of a public nature, though without neglecting its particular professional specialism, INCM plans to improve the performance of its public operations, or of those in which it acts within the State powers of authority, applying true business sense to these improvements so as to be able to function in an efficient, profitable and competitive way. Pertinent operations of particular note are the:

  • Free availability of the official version of the Official Journal, Diário da República;
  • Production of metal coins;
  • Provision of Assayer Services;
  • Publishing and Co-Publishing of work of particular cultural relevance;
  • Issuing of secure documents of personal identification.

The contractual terms for Coin Production, the free availability of the online version of the Official Journal, Diário da República, through the DRE website and the Provision of Assay Services are governed by Decree-Law. The Resolution of the Board of Ministers no. 188/2008 makes it incumbent on INCM to use its publishing policy to strengthen the distribution of works written in the Portuguese language and representative of Portuguese culture. Its Publishing operations are governed by the Editorial Board which comprises between 7 and 10 members, one of which is appointed by the Minister of Culture. The remainder are elected by the General Assembly, following their proposal by the Board of Directors, ensuring that it is people with a recognised literary, artistic or cultural standing that are chosen.

Numismatic operations are governed by the Numismatic Board which comprises between 7 and 10 members, one of which is appointed by the Finance Minister and another by the Bank of Portugal. The remainder are elected by the General Assembly following their proposal by the Board of Directors, ensuring that it is people of recognised standing in the field of numismatics, medals and the manufacture of metal coins that are chosen.

The development of INCM operating activities and its investments for modernisation and increased capacity are financed by its operating cash flow and bank loans. In 2007 and 2008, INCM received compensation payments for its public service operations, some of which work at a loss (Assay Office and Universal and Free Public Service online provision of the Official Journal, Diário da República.)