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Braga builders lag behind European millions. Grupo Casais condemns STD support



Braga builders lag behind European millions.  Grupo Casais condemns STD support

The exclusion of a €47 million investment in sustainable industrial construction submitted by the Casais Group from the Recovery and Resilience Plan was not approved in the second phase of the Business Innovation Mobilization Program, leading to the construction of Braga condemned by the “rival” Grupo DST , also from Braga, fearing that it would “save” the investment coming from the bazooka into a sustainable industrial area. Despite the “failure”, the Casais project will indeed be implemented, even without the support of European funds.

Information provided exclusively by the newspaper Eco, to which Casais CEO Antonio Carlos Rodríguez said that the “rejection” given by the investment coordinators would harm Portugal and the Portuguese, but it would not be something that would hinder the project, which was already underway. The consortium consists of 23 “benchmark” companies and, according to the administrator, can “permanently generate wealth” that will benefit the entire country.

But let’s explain what we’re talking about: a consortium led by Casais wants to build four new sustainable building factories by 2026, including a materials assembly plant. However, the project did not receive a positive evaluation from the committee. Last week, Braga challenged that decision by sending out “clarifications and clarifications” to the five elements that make up the evaluation panel.

In the document challenging the decision, the group refers to Ecothat “Caais is the only company on the market that has already implemented these practical and concrete examples.” If the challenge is not answered, the project will continue, António Rodriguez assures, with or without European money.

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The same response document refers to Eco, there is also a lengthy critique of two projects by the “rival” group DST, also from Braga, which were approved by the PRR. In addition to these two, there are two more approved through Efacec that are being negotiated between the state and DST. In total, four projects can be associated with the Domingos Teixeira group, which will receive European support from the bazooka. And there are a lot of funds: 215 million for the first DST project and 239 for the second. Efacec projects amount to 342 million in the first and 307 million in the second (more than one billion euros across four projects).

Finally, Kasais argues that “points of contact [nos quatro projetos] there are countless of them”, denouncing the “concentration of support” aimed at competing builders in Braga, which Casais considers “incomprehensible” as it puts “all eggs in one basket”.

The Director General of Casais recalls that there are restrictions proposed by the European Commission that are contrary to this support concentrated in one group, leaving the risk in the air that the Commission could intervene if it considers this way of distributing support illegal. He also reminds that if one of the projects fails, it can infect others belonging to the same group, which will lead to irreparable collapse and tarnish the image of the country in the eyes of European partners.

The DST has not yet commented on this matter.

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Debt collected by Social Security to reach lowest in a decade in 2021 – ECO



Debt collected by Social Security to reach lowest in a decade in 2021 - ECO

Debt collected by Social Security to reach lowest in a decade in 2021 – ECO

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TUGA offers new electric vehicles in three segments: from sports to trucks – Computers



TUGA offers new electric vehicles in three segments: from sports to trucks - Computers

Based in Vancouver, Canada but co-founded by Portuguese Cesar Barbosa, TUGA Innovations is developing solutions for urban mobility. AT February showed its first working prototype of the TUGA electric car, but has now revealed its plans to develop a whole family of urban mobility solutions.whether for use by independent consumers or for operators with a fleet of commercial models.

The company says that based on market research, it has decided to change its strategy, highlighting TUGA Innovations’ ability to easily transform the functional design aspects of its base model. So it’s over several predefined vehicle configurations which, although sharing a few common design featurestarget different uses and customer needs, whether it is a focus on mobility, services or utilities.

TUGA Innovations offers three vehicle categories as well as proprietary component options such as retractable rear axle or retractable landing gear, which the company later says will be segmented to suit different market sectors..

See the various TUGA models in the gallery:

The first category is dedicated limited-edition high-performance cars that can transformsuch as removing the front windshield and rear bin to create the look of a roadster. They fit the TUGA Thunder and TUGA Falcon models.

The second group of vehicles includes TUGA Commuter and TUGA Deliver, which, in fact, are demonstration models of the manufacturer. They allow you to swap body parts that have now been redone with more safety components added.. Vehicles can also be purchased in a package called Mobility as a Service (MaaS) for functional integration into delivery fleets as well as daily commuting.

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Finally, the TUGA Cargo and TUGA Pickup models. expand your chassis to meet the needs of urban micrologistics. The vehicles have a capacity of 600 liters of cargo space in an 88 cm long model, combined with an extended 128 cm rear axle for added stability.

See prototype images in the gallery:

Regardless of category, the startup claims its entire family of vehicles has been designed to make transit and parking easier.. The retractable axle improves stability at high speeds, and the retractable chassis allows passengers to easily get inside the vehicle.

According to Cesar Barbosa, his startup creates not just a vehicle, but a solution to the problems of urban mobility. The project manager adds that since the presentation of the prototype, the family has expanded to offer different products and other features of its electric vehicles..

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Gas. Bottle sellers adjust prices



Gás. Vendedores de garrafas corrigem preços

Gas bottle sellers have adjusted prices that are not in line with government regulations limiting those values, said the National Energy Sector Organization (ENSE), which returned yesterday to review activity.

After conducting the first inspection on Tuesday, which found “high non-compliance” in 23.4% of outlets, the organization again carried out “108 inspection actions in Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Santarem, Evora and, in the municipalities of Cascais, Oeiras and Sintra in the Lisbon area, focusing on petrol stations, hypermarkets/supermarkets and other retail outlets.”

During this second check, ENSE found “seven violations (corresponding to 6.5% of the actions taken) in the selling prices (from 0.36 euros to 3.39 euros for T3 bottles and 6.92 euros for T5 bottles) of this type of product.” But he left a guarantee: “Of these actions, it was established mainly the correction of inappropriate prices, namely in relation to inflated amounts charged in several hypermarkets of the same brand.”

The maximum prices per bottle of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) set by the government came into effect on Tuesday, saving almost 3.2 euros on a 13 kilograms (kg) bottle of butane.

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