The funds from the Social Emergency Fund created by the Lisbon Chamber to help agents and entities in the Culture sector will be doubled, from 250 thousand to 500 thousand euros, with support for almost 300 applications.
According to a proposal signed by the councilor responsible for the Culture department of the Chamber of Lisbon, Catarina Vaz Pinto, which will be discussed at the private meeting of the city council executive scheduled for Monday, within the scope of the Social Emergency Fund (FES Emergência), the The Municipal Directorate of Culture proposed to support 233 applications from individuals and 62 applications from legal persons, for a total amount of approximately 462 thousand euros.
However, since the total amount of support under FES Emergência exceeds the available allocation (250 thousand euros) and other applications in the scope of fado are still pending for analysis, the mayor proposes the financial reinforcement of the “Social Emergency Fund for Urgent and Immediate Financial Support to agents and entities in the cultural and recreational sector ”with the amount of 250 thousand euros.
This support derives from the “extraordinary regime for the allocation of urgent and immediate financial support to agents and entities” in the Culture sector approved in early April by the Lisbon Chamber.
This new instrument endowed the Social Emergency Fund (FES Emergência), intended to guarantee “the subsistence of independent professionals and entities in particular economic difficulty”, of 250 thousand euros (a sum that should now be doubled), and the FES Projects, aimed at strengthening the city's cultural program, with one million euros.
Thus, of the applications submitted to FES Emergência between April 20 and May 04, 295 should be supported, for a total amount of 462 thousand euros.
Within the scope of FES Projetos, the Municipal Directorate of Culture proposed to support 64 applications, for a total of 900 thousand euros.
According to the proposal of councilwoman Catarina Vaz Pinto, the 100 thousand euros that were not used in FES Projects should be reallocated to reinforce FES Emergência.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330 deaths and infected more than 5,1 million people in 196 countries and territories.
More than 1,9 million patients were considered cured.
In Portugal, 1.289 people died of the 30.200 confirmed as infected, and there are 7.590 recovered cases, according to the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.