Costa believes Portugal will be one of the best to execute the funds by 2026

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The Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa (E), the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen (D)

The prime minister expressed his confidence this Wednesday that Portugal will be among the best to execute the funds of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) and defended that the partnership with the social sector guarantees greater economic and territorial cohesion.

António Costa’s convictions were conveyed in his speech, which closed the ceremony for the signing of a protocol with the social sector within the scope of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), at Palácio Marquês do Alegrete, in Lisbon.

This commitment involves a 465 million investment for children, people with disabilities and aging.

“This is not a plan of the State, for the State and made for the State. this is really a plan for the whole country”, declared the leader of the executive, after having received wide praise from Father Lino Maia, president of the National Confederation of Solidarity Institutions.

Next, Costa returned the praise, saying that Private Institutions of Social Solidarity (IPSS), mercies, mutual societies and cooperatives are really essential, because in all social areas it is possible to identify “interventions that will be better carried out by these entities than if they were carried out by the State”.

In this context, he pointed out as examples the areas of health, particularly in terms of the integrated care network, or home care, as well as in terms of housing.

In emergency housing, he highlighted cases of “extreme situations of citizens in great need” or the problem surrounding refugees, victims of domestic violence and homeless people.

“The capillarity of these institutions, with a presence certainly in all municipalities, ensures that these investments will not be concentrated in a specific area, but will be distributed throughout the country. These institutions also respond to the need to absorb the unemployment generated by this crisis, creating new job opportunities”, he said, reiterating a position earlier defended by the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho.

António Costa then made a point of stressing that, through this protocol with the social sector, the new jobs to be created through investments to be carried out by the social sector “will not be concentrated in large urban centers, but distributed throughout the national territory”.

“The institutions of the social sector are of enormous importance in terms of employment, but they are also a factor of territorial cohesion, because they take this equipment and development opportunities throughout the national territory. I have no doubts about trusting Father Lino Maia’s word. I’m sure it’s thanks to the social sector that we will really be the best ones to run the PRR“, He finished.