For the presentation session of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, by António Costa, and the European Union Recovery Plan, by Ursula von der Leyen, representatives from the 27 intermunicipal communities, from the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto, from the Association were invited National of Portuguese Municipalities and the National Association of Parishes.
In this session, according to the executive, there will also be representatives from the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira, the Council of Higher Polytechnic Institutes, the Council of Rectors of the Portuguese University, social partners and business associations.
The Portuguese plan, whose general lines were presented to the parties on the 21st and debated in parliament last Wednesday, deserved criticism from the left on the right, with political forces showing themselves nevertheless to be available to make contributions.
Portugal gains with European program
In an interview with Lusa, Úrsula von der Leyen maintained that “NextGenerationEU”, the recovery fund proposed by her executive and agreed by European leaders at a long summit last July, gives Europe “the opportunity not only to repair the damage and recover of the current situation, but to shape a better way of life “and stressed that” Portugal will be an important beneficiary “.
According to the commitment reached last July, Portugal will receive 15.3 billion euros in grants (non-refundable), including 13.2 billion euros, by 2023, through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, the main instrument of the Recovery Fund.
According to the Commission president, the support that Portugal will receive “will provide the means to boost the recovery of the Portuguese economy, based on the double ecological and digital transition, while ensuring that no one is left behind”.
On Monday, at a joint press conference between the Prime Minister and the German politician, António Costa praised the President of the European Commission.
“Ursula von der Leyen has led the European Union in an exemplary way at a time so difficult in the current pandemic scenario that it has hit Europe hard. Under the impulse of the Commission, the way in which the European Union has faced this crisis is an example of how the Union strengthens and strengthens everyone’s ability to be able to cope with this crisis“, maintained the prime minister.
At the same press conference, which preceded a work dinner in São Bento, the Prime Minister also called for “a sense of emergency” to close the European recovery program as soon as possible and said he hoped that the ratification processes by the States Member States do not jeopardize the progress already made.
After the session at the Champalimaud Foundation, Ursula von der Leyen participates in the meeting of the State Council at the invitation of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, to be held at the Palácio da Cidadela, in Cascais.
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