The Prime Minister, António Costa, opened this Tuesday the discussion of the State Budget proposal for 2021 (OE2021) in general, with criticisms of the lead of the Bloco de Esquerda (BE). Without directly naming the blockers, the leader of the Socialist Executive saluted the parties on the left, the two non-registered deputies and the PAN for making the document feasible and underlined: "There are those who do not give up".
“The position of the right is clear, the position of the PS is clear and fully consistent with the options assumed in these five years of governance, the positions of the PCP, the PAN, the ENP, the non-registered deputies Joacine Katar Moreira and Cristina Rodrigues they are also very clear and show that there are those who do not give up on finding solutions to the crisis that we face ”, stated the prime minister, at the opening of the debate, in the Assembly of the Republic.
For António Costa, the pre-announcement of the party's voting intention made the distinction between those who give up and those who do not give up clear. "What is not possible at all is to say that one wants to go further or faster on this path, joining now to the right, which is marching in the opposite direction," he said, referring to the blockers, adding that "the vote in general it is the vote for political clarification ”.
“This proposal continues, without any retreat or interruption to the change that we started five years ago by turning the page on austerity”, he says, before stressing that “now as then, the crisis is not faced with austerity. Now, as then, it is necessary to increase income, increase investment, strengthen public services. Therefore, the opposition of the right is not surprising ”, he added.
The Prime Minister, however, left messages to the left, saying that "Budget proposals are not anonymous technocratic exercises". “On the contrary, they are based on political options. They are determined by values and distances visions of society ”, he stressed.
In the opening speech, António Costa also pledged to “improve” the budget proposal in the specialty.
“We will go with democratic humility to continue to work, with seriousness and a spirit of commitment, in order to improve our proposal. Portugal needs it, the Portuguese deserve it, the crisis requires a clear path and political leaders determined to approve a good Budget for 2021 to overcome the pandemic, protect citizens and support the economy and employment, ”he said.
The leader of the Socialist Executive also left the guarantee that he will not and will not turn the coast over to the country: “The sealed commitment with the Portuguese is not dependent on economic cycles. This is a government for good times and bad times. We will not turn our backs on difficulties and the greater the storm, the greater our determination to overcome it ”.