Portugal's recovery plan to have public hearing on Monday

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 14-02-2021 14:00:00 · 2 Comments

Prime Minister António Costa has announced, that the government will hold a public hearing next Monday on the national recovery and resilience plan, the final version of which he hopes to deliver to the European Commission "within three weeks".

The announcement came during a press conference in the European Parliament, on the occasion of the signing of the Regulation of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, a pillar of the EU recovery package to overcome the Covid-19 crisis, which opens the door for Member States to start formally submitting their national plans for accessing funds to Brussels later this month.

"We have been working very intensively with the Commission since October until now and we are in a position to put our final draft plan to a public hearing in Portugal next Monday," announced Costa, who, as president-in-office of the Council of the EU, signed the regulation at a ceremony also attended by the presidents of the Parliament, David Sassoli, and the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Costa indicated that he will now "proceed to hear the autonomous regions, the municipalities, the social partners, civil society, because this is obviously a plan that has to be a participatory plan also at national level".

"We did this in the first draft, we do this now in the final version. We will put it for a fortnight [the draft plan] in public discussion and therefore I hope that in three weeks we can be delivering the final version of our plan to the Commission," he said.

The head of government also said he expected the final negotiations with the EU executive led by Von der Leyen to be swift, because, he noted, "there is great alignment between the specific recommendations of the Commission" and the Government's programme "and what is a broad national consensus on what is a priority.

"I therefore do not foresee any particular difficulties in the final negotiation process with the Commission," he concluded.

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An Open Reply to Joe.
So Joe, I'd rather you and I missed our coffee and 12,000 Portuguese hadn't died..... Is coffee worth all those deaths? Racism is a problem everywhere, weak people often look for 'scapegoats' and I'm sorry you need to use the race card, you must be in a bad place. Hindu or not people should be valued for their efforts to help others and by the way some Hindus have an amazing culture and at the heart of the matter all humanity share commonalities like, love, family, friendship. I wish you well.

By Chris from Algarve on 16-02-2021 09:14

well the prime minister just took us our expresso coffee with this confinement, obviously he doesn't understand our culture. he's an Hindu. .how homeless people like me will connect a kettle to drink a nescafe at least? or is that's what's gonna keep the c19 numbers down in Portugal? give coffee to the Portuguese or they're start to stress out..
this is all wrong to start with..I'm ashamed to be Portuguese. .

By joe from Lisbon on 15-02-2021 06:47
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