NECEP is an applied research group that works within the Center of Applied Studies of Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics (CATÓLICA-LISBON), which tracks the short-term behavior of the Portuguese economy. It was founded in 2005. It is an independent entity that, among other activities, discloses quarterly forecasts on the Portuguese economy with a two-year horizon.
NECEP's activities are financed by its subscribers, who have access to all the work it produces. For the general public, NECEP releases a quarterly executive summary with a description of the status of the Portuguese economy.