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MATEUS BONOMI / AGIF – PHOTOGRAPHY AGENCY / ESTADÃO CONTENTMinister canceled participation 30 minutes before the start, says event organization

Minister of Economics, Paulo Guedes immediately canceled his participation in an event of the Center for International Strategic Studies (CSIS), where he would address the entry of Brazil to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), on the morning of this Tuesday, 23. According to the presenter of the event, the minister canceled his speech because he was called to the Congress to deal with emergency issues related to reform agenda. The event was scheduled on Guedes’ official agenda for 11am. According to the organization, the minister warned about the cancellation 30 minutes before the start of the event, and appointed Roberto Fendt, special secretary for Foreign Trade and International Affairs, to his place. THE Ministry of Economy did not comment on the matter.

The Senate votes this Thursday, 25, the Proposed Emergency Constitutional Amendment (PEC), which creates space for the resumption of the emergency aid. After yielding to pressure from the Legislature, the economic team conditioned the return of the benefit to the creation of devices that curb public spending when triggered, such as salary increases or hiring of civil servants. The measure’s rapporteur, Senator Márcio Bittar (MDB-AC), delivered the text to Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG) last Friday, the 19th. The proposal was presented before the leaders to avoid wear and tear. The expectation is that the PEC will proceed without major problems and be approved by March 3. The text must still pass the approval of the Chamber of Deputies. For Pacheco, the federal government should edit the provisional measure that releases the aid after the Senate procedures. ”What we are going to intend is that, once approved in the Senate, there will already be an effective emergency aid by the government, considering that there is a very clear tendency by the Chamber of Deputies in view of the importance of this for the country and to make emergency aid feasible, also to approve it in a time that is appropriate ”, he said.

The economic team and Congress have already agreed on the creation of calamity clauses that allow the reissue of the War PEC and create conditions for the government to spend without interfering in the spending ceiling. The agreement had been sealed between Guedes, Pacheco and the Mayor, Arthur Lira (PP-AL). For the resumption of the benefit, the Federal Government works with an estimated budget of R $ 30 billion, enough to extend the payment of R $ 250 to approximately 30 million Brazilians for four months. The first installment is expected to be paid in March.

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