The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, enacted two amendments to the same decree-law, the crossing of which “erased” the support approved by the Government for independent workers in culture and tourism.
The information was initially released this Tuesday by Jornal de Negócios. At stake is one of the diplomas that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa decided to enact against the will of the Government.
Last week, the Government decided to change the diploma to extend its application to four sectors e longer: tourism, culture, events and shows, until June 30, beyond the horizon of lack of definition. Two days later, Parliament amended the diploma to extend support to workers independent, managers e businessmen on an individual basis.
Government support was approved in mid-March, when Parliament had already voted and approved its amendments. However, the first to be promulgated was that of the Government, which in Article 3 included two numbers that enshrined support for independent workers in two of the sectors most affected by the crisis.
However, according to the Observer, in the wording of the diploma that came out of Parliament and that was promulgated, these supports don’t appear.
Thus, Marcelo ended up promulgating two different versions of the same decree, with items that don’t match right: the same article 3 has a version with support for culture and tourism and another without such support.
In fact, in an interview with SIC News, on Monday night, the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, said that “the succession of rules” during the month of March made it “even in the republication” “problems” arise because “extensions to tourism and culture disappear”.
The problem is solvable. Both the Government and Parliament are ready to resolve the issue in a new newsroom that includes missing supports. Government source pointed out the problems of overlapping changes to the same diploma, but admits openness to change again to recover the deleted support.
The Bloco de Esquerda, author of the parliamentary initiative, believes that the situation could be resolved with a change in the numbering, accommodating the two changes: the one that reinforces the support of culture and tourism, made by the Government, and the one that establishes the incomes 2019 as a reference for calculating the support to be received, introduced by the party.
“It was not a revocation, just a double legislative change”, Explained a source of the blockade parliamentary group. “The President of the Republic had the Assembly decree in hand for three weeks. During that period, the Government added things to its decree and sent it for promulgation ”.
In declarations to ECO, the Ministry of Labor also guaranteed that it is “available for make the necessary changes so that this support is maintained”.
Support for the reduction of activity varies between 291.4 euros and 665 euros. The changes to the calculation basis approved by Parliament and promulgated by Marcelo led the Government to threaten to appeal to the Constitutional Court, believing that the amendments violate the brake law.
So far, the Executive has not confirmed whether it will do so.
Maria Campos, ZAP //