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



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”.

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“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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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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