Fernando Medina said that, to implement this VAT measure, the government is trying to reach an agreement with the food production sector and the food distribution sector, in order to stop "the shock of not knowing if one day you reach a shelf with a higher price than you found the day before".

The measure was announced at the press conference of the Minister of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, the Minister of Finance, Fernando Medina, and the Minister of Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, which is taking place in Lisbon to present the new aid package to mitigate the rising cost of living.

Yesterday, in a debate in parliament, the prime minister announced that his government would work with the agents of the food chain to ensure a reduction in the price of essential goods, and admitted lowering VAT.