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Hungary must “solve the problems it has at home” and comply with European Union standards, the Portuguese government says.

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Hungary must "solve the problems it has at home" and comply with European Union standards, the Portuguese government says.

Secretary of State for European Affairs Thiago Antunes cited “problems mainly related to the fight against corruption” that caused Brussels to propose a suspension of 65% worth €7.5 billion of the fund community.

On Tuesday, the Portuguese government said it hoped Hungary would “solve the problems it has at home” with European Union (EU) rule-of-law remedies following a proposal by the European Commission to suspend EU funding.

“Hungary needs to demonstrate that it is in fact complying with what the Commission considers necessary to solve the problems that it has at home, problems mainly related to the anti-corruption framework, with public procurement, having a high percentage level of direct adjustments,” said Tiago Antunes, Secretary of State for European Affairs, speaking to Portuguese journalists in Brussels after a meeting of the General Affairs Council.

Two days after the Community Executive proposed to suspend the transfer of 65% of the €7.5 billion community funds to Hungary for violating the rule of law, Thiago Antunes stated that “Hungary, in response to this Commission proposal, has committed itself to adopting a set of remedies aimed at responding to and, in fact, addressing the problems identified by the Commission”.

“Home problem solving”

“We stressed the need for these remedies, these measures that would effectively address the problems identified by the Commission,” said the official, who met with his Hungarian counterpart Judit Varga in Lisbon a few days ago. .

“It is within this framework that the measures that are being discussed between Hungary and the Commission should be implemented, and there it will be seen whether, after their implementation, they will really solve all the problems identified, and this is what will later become the object of analysis by the Commission itself and the Council,” said Secretary of State.

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The proposal from the European Commission was presented last Sunday and includes the suspension of 65% of commitments on three operational programs under the cohesion policy with an estimated cost of 7.5 billion euros, which is about a third of the cohesion policy package for Hungary.

This is the first time that the cross-compliance clause has been applied, and the published proposal is linked to violations in Hungary on issues such as public procurement, failure to proceed with investigations and lawsuits in cases related to European funds, and refusal to fight corruption.

Member States (in the Ecofin Council) now have one month to decide whether to take the measures proposed by the community executive and this period should be extended by another two months, given the time needed to take 17 key measures, forward by Brussels .

During this time, the commission will monitor the situation in Hungary, which has pledged to provide Brussels with information on the full implementation of the planned measures by November 19.

The conditionality mechanism, adopted in 2021, provides for sanctions in case of violation of the rule of law in a given Member State and in situations that affect the financial interests of the EU.

Brussels has long been at odds with the government of Viktor Orban, accused of violating the rule of law, namely the independence of the judiciary and the media, infringing on the rights of minorities and failing to fight corruption.

Tuesday’s General Affairs Council meeting also discussed the possibility of resorting to a qualified majority on some issues that require unanimity, with Portugal able to do so in areas such as taxation, social protection and the environment, among others, according to Thiago Antunes.

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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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