The CDS-PP considered this Wednesday that the Constitutional Court gave reason to “the prime minister’s tantrum” and stressed that the Government has given “his hand to the paddle” by saying that people will not lose access to social support.

“The Constitutional Court gives reason to the prime minister’s tantrum because if the prime minister wanted, in fact, to help these people, he had the instrument to do so, he presented an amending budget in parliament, which the CDS soon made itself available to support “, said, in statements to Lusa agency, centrist vice president Miguel Barbosa.

The official then criticized that “the prime minister did not want to do it” but “when he needs to throw money into the holes of TAP or Novo Banco or any other small or huge jumble” there is no “lack of money”.

However, when it comes to “giving a few million euros to people in need, to families who are in difficulties, who are put in situations of enormous psychological stress, the prime minister thought it was worth it to make a warhorse of this and create a windmill”.

“And the Government now comes to say so, and the support will continue, the Government itself lends its hand to the paddle”, pointed out Miguel Barbosa.

For this reason, the CDS considers that the TC’s decision, by reserving “all the support that has been provided in the meantime”, “is a defeat in the entire line of the Government because the Government itself comes to amend its hand and say that, despite everything , will keep the support, therefore it recognizes in practice the value of these measures”.

Asked if the TC’s decision cannot be read as a defeat for the parliament, which approved the norms declared unconstitutional, the vice president of the CDS-PP considered that “these are secretariat discussions that do not put food on anyone’s table”.

The official referred that “it is a conversation that perhaps interests the Government, it is not a conversation that interests people, who are trying to present important proposals”, and accused the executive of wanting to turn this issue into a “case with the parliament”.

“The Government has a very bad relationship with democracy and with the parliament, whenever it disagrees, it disallows it and tries to disauthorize it,” he criticized.

The Constitutional Court (TC) today considered unconstitutional several norms amended by the parliament regarding support in the state of emergency and in the context of suspension of teaching and non-teaching activities.

The request for successive review of constitutionality was announced by the prime minister, António Costa, on March 31, following the promulgation by the President of the Republic of laws approved by the Assembly of the Republic and which expanded the support decided by the Government.

The TC decided today to declare unconstitutional a rule relating to the diploma that established support mechanisms under the state of emergency due to the reduction of economic activity, namely in the expansion of support for self-employed workers, and two rules of the law on support for teaching and non-teaching, considering that the three implied “in part, an increase in expenses in the current financial year.

At a press conference after this decision was made known, the Prime Minister’s Deputy Secretary of State, Tiago Antunes, assured that “no one will lose access to the support in question, by virtue of this ruling, nor was that the Government’s intention.”


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