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European Commission refrains from extending bazooka deadline

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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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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese; Sporting wins too

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese;  Sporting wins too



Evanilson scored four goals in eight matches in the 2022/23 Portuguese Liga (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP)

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After the draw in the last round Portuguese Championship, Porto won again. This Friday, the defending champions thrashed Braga 4-1 at the Dragau Stadium. Goals came from Evanilson, Eustaquio, Pepe and Galeno. Defender Pepe, against, got to the opponent.

Ex-Fluminense Evanilson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the opening stage. Eustaquio tried to make a cross and the Brazilian forward appeared on the second post to prop up his chest. Two minutes later, Pepe filed Eustaquio, who sent the ball into an empty net.

In the final stage, the Portuguese-Brazilian defender Pepe tried to cut off a low cross, but sent him into his own net. Pepe, the former Gremio who assisted, got it from Taremi after a beautiful move that extended the game in the 18th minute. In addition, the Brazilian Galeno closed the account in the north of Portugal.

– I am very happy to score again and, above all, for this victory. A match we knew would be difficult, against a strong opponent who was in good sequence, but in which we managed to impose our rhythm and win three points in front of our fans. Now it’s time to rest and get back to work, already thinking about the next challenge, which is also very important for us, – said Evanilson after the match.

SPORTING TOO WINS

Another great player to take the field this Friday is Sporting CP. In Lisbon, on José de Alvalade, the Lions beat Gil Vicente 3-1. For Rubén Amorim’s side, Morita, Pote Gonçalves and Rocinha scored. Fran Navarro scored in stoppage time.



Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

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Portuguese tennis player Gonçalo Oliveira in the doubles final of the Lisbon Belém Open

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Oliveira and Kolar defeated France’s Manuel Guinard and Venezuela’s Luis David Martínez in the semi-finals for first place in the series, in straight sets with partial scores of 6-1 and 6-2 after 58 minutes of play.

In the title match, they will take on the Ukrainian duo of Vladislav Manafov and Oleg Prikhodko, who eliminated Jivan Nedunchezhyan of India and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia 6-4 and 6-2 in the semi-finals.

For the 27-year-old Portuguese tennis player, this will be his 31st doubles final at the ATP Challenger Tour and third at the Lisboa Belém Open after reaching the final in 2017 with compatriot Frederico Gil and champion in 2020 with Dominican Roberto Cid Subervi.

In singles, Italian Marco Cecchinato, semi-finalist of Roland Garros in 2018, beat Spaniard Carlos Taberner 7-6 (7-2) and 6-4, scheduling a meeting in the semi-final with the “Reserve” Kazakh Timofey Skatov, responsible for eliminating Frenchman Benoit Pera, in three matches, with a score of 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5.

The other semi-final of the Lisbon tournament will be discussed between Austrian Filip Mizolich, who defeated Giulio Zeppieri 6-4 today, and Frenchman Luca van Assche, the executioner of compatriot Alexander Müller, who finished seventh. parts 6-4 and 7-5.

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