This Wednesday, the President of the Republic urged the representatives of the private sector to fight for stronger political protagonists who would echo them in electoral moments and provide an alternative solution.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa left this message at the end of a conference of the Forum for Competitiveness – Association for Business Development, at the Lisbon Congress Centre.

In a 20-minute intervention, the head of State considered that in Portugal “the political, economic and social protagonists who defend a different path have not been able to achieve persuasive force so that their discourse constitutes an alternative discourse and, above all, constitutes an alternative solution “.

It is not with impunity that we were one of the first absolute monarchies in Europe and the last to cease to be so – if, in mental frames, we ceased to be so, with regard to the supremacy of the State over civil society”, noted.

At the end of his speech, the President of the Republic encouraged the private sector to “continue its commitment or, if you like, its struggle, to have stronger institutional, political and other protagonists, to have a political discourse with more echo in the moments of popular and electoral decision”, even if it is unhappy with the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR).

Namely distinguishing what is its effective role and the weight of private investment from what may be an irreversible waste, to convert the feeling expressed here today into an encouragement for what the immediate years are like: fighting the cultural battle, fighting the institutional battle, fighting the battle corresponding to its effective weight in the creation of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with work, competence, long-term vision, qualification and social responsibility”, completed.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asked private parties to act “with realism and independence, with a sense of the common good, avoiding the perpetuation of the inevitable and casuistic tendency of public authorities to want to influence and determine their feelings”.


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