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European Commission refrains from extending bazooka deadline



European Commission refrains from extending bazooka deadline

The European Commission (EC) is not interested in accepting Portugal’s request for a delay in the Recovery and Resilience Plan, the European bazooka. After António Costa again demanded that the deadline be postponed beyond 2026, an EU source reminded Lusa that the change “would require unanimity in the European Council”.

Celine Gauer, CEO of European Bazooka, had already dismissed the idea in June, when António Costa made his first request: “Changing the date after 2026 is not possible.”

In a written response to Lusa, a European Commission official acknowledges receipt of a letter sent by Prime Minister António Costa to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlining Portugal’s priorities for the institution’s program of work until 2023, which then proposes to make the investment calendar more flexible within the PRR.

“Ensuring rapid implementation of the PRR is critical for all Member States,” the community leader responded in a written response sent to Luce.

Recalling that the current rules provide for “a clear limit on the use of resources until 2027” and that “2026 is the deadline for the Commission’s creditworthiness”, the same community executive source indicates that “any change” would mean changes to rules such as the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (MRR).

In addition, the European Commission recalls that “any change in the decision on own resources will require unanimity in the Council and entry into force only after approval by each Member State in accordance with their respective constitutional requirements, including, in almost all cases, ratification by national parliaments.”

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The MRR stipulates that each country’s PRR measures are implemented between February 1, 2020 and December 31, 2026, with milestones and targets being met by August 2026 in order for payment to be made by end of this year.

However, the same official source points out to Luce that “the Commission is ready to discuss with the Member States the implementation of individual milestones or goals that can no longer be achievable and that need to be reviewed” and remains “ready to cooperate”. with Member States to evaluate such requests on the basis of the content of specific investment objectives and the evidence provided.”

The government has sent a document to Brussels that “summarizes the national priorities” for the European Commission for 2023 and proposes to soften the deadline for the completion of PRR investments after 2026, it was released today.

“Without changing the timetable for the reforms envisaged in the PDP, as well as the corresponding stages and goals, the timetable for the implementation of investments should be more flexible, both in terms of the pace of their implementation and the corresponding completion dates,” the message says. – reads a document published on Friday on the Government Portal.

The proposal was made in a letter sent on 12 August by Prime Minister António Costa to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen suggesting that PRR-funded investments (rather than reforms) “may end there by 2026”.

“This is a change that is being imposed due to current economic circumstances and is not foreseen at the time the MFA provision is approved,” the government justifies, highlighting the current “extremely anomalous economic situation characterized by high inflation, sustained disruption of supply chains and scarcity or shortage of raw materials.”

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Earlier, in the middle of this year, the Government reported that the European Commission responded positively to the request of Portugal and other Member States to postpone the PRR investment programs given the “abnormally high” prices without changing the calendar. . .

At stake is the €672.5bn Recovery and Resilience Facility (in 2018 prices) and the centerpiece of NextGenerationEU, a €750bn fund approved by European leaders in July 2020 to rebuild the EU economy from the crisis caused by the covid pandemic -19.

The Portuguese PRR includes investments and reforms in 20 thematic components worth €13.9 billion in grants and €2.7 billion in loans.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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