In an opinion released on Portugal’s Stability Program and on the National Reform Programme, the European Commission urges the country to “cease the energy support measures in force by the end of 2023, using the corresponding savings to reduce the public deficit”.

In a situation of a possible energy crisis next winter, the Community Executive asks that these new support measures for further increases in energy prices be “directed towards the protection of vulnerable families and companies, which are accessible from a budgetary point of view and which preserve energy saving incentives“.

The recommendation comes after, last week, the Government said it would follow “the general guidance” given to European Union (EU) countries regarding the energy crisis, but admitted to ending public support in 2024, if not justified, as envisaged by the European Commission.