António Costa he defended today that the Recovery and Resilience Plan “is not a PS plan”, it is a “country plan”, calling for “those who get very angry” when they themselves talk about the plan, stop being angry.
“I know that some people get very angry when we talk about the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), but they must not get angry, because the PRR is not a PS plan, (…), it is really a country plan , which today is available for all Portuguese, for all Portuguese, for all companies, for all municipalities, for all universities, for all IPSS to use these resources”, stated António Costa.
The secretary general of the PS was speaking at the Congress Center of Aveiro, in a campaign action with the candidate of the Viva’ Aveiro (PS/PAN) coalition, Manuel Oliveira de Sousa, in which the PAN spokesperson, Inês de Sousa also participated. Real, and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos.
Before an audience of around 300 people, António Costa stated that Portugal must come out of the pandemic crisis “with the same determination” with which it stopped it and defended that, if the Portuguese were “exceptional in an exceptional moment”, they must also be “ exceptional in a moment of normality”.
“And we really have to be exceptional at a time of normality, because we have very little time to be able to use well, with transparency, rigor, without the slightest suspicion of corruption, the funds that are made available to us, and that are only made available to us now and for a very short period”, stressed.
António Costa said that there is “not a second, a minute, a day to lose in collective mobilization” for the country to be able to go “further” and “faster” than it would have been possible under normal conditions.
“It is all together that we will be able to effectively turn the page on this crisis and, above all, fulfill the duty we have to the next generations: to make this country a more prosperous, happier country, with more and better living conditions for everyone those who want to develop their future here in Portugal”, he said.
Stating that, when a “cautioned release” of the pandemic begins to approach, the country needs to start looking “in the future”, António Costa stressed that the municipalities will be “absolutely central” because they will have “more competences than have had until now” due to the decentralization package.
António Costa listed the different areas where the municipalities will have greater intervention – such as education, health, social action, among others – and also referred to the “central role” they will play in implementing the PRR.
“It is for all of this that the municipalities are fundamental and that the next elections are no longer an election, because they are the elections where we are going to elect the chambers with powers that the chambers have never had until now”, stressed.
In this sense, the PS secretary general highlighted that the district of Aveiro will be “particularly decisive” in the recovery from the crisis as it is a “district of excellence” and the “great engine” of the country’s economic development.
“The engines of the country’s economic development will be, increasingly, innovation and qualifications. And this city has one of the best universities (…) at European level. Here, an increasingly qualified generation has developed, but also cutting-edge innovation centers in the most diverse sectors of science”, indicated.
Praising the “natural resources”, the “quality of agricultural production” and the “remarkable entrepreneurial capacity from an industrial point of view” of Aveiro, António Costa said that the city council should “mobilize energies” in the territory and “do the bridge” between “all resources”.
“These elections are really decisive for the future of the country, and they are really decisive for the future of Aveiro. That’s what justifies our being here in alliance with the PAN, that’s what justifies our being here together with citizens’ movements, that’s what justifies our saying ‘Viva Aveiro’”, concluded António Costa.
Today, in Guarda, the leader of the PSD, Rui Rio, repeated the criticisms he has made of António Costa, reiterating that “it is not correct to mix the role of prime minister with that of general secretary of the PSD in the campaign” when speaking about the millions of the PRR.
The general secretary of the PCP, Jerónimo de Sousa, accused the prime minister of “blackmailing voters” with millionaire promises and of using the PRR “like a carrot” to transfer burdens that should have belonged to the central state to local authorities.