Portugal cannot miss Europe’s train. For Marcelo, it’s time to take advantage of the new cycle – ZAP

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The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

The crisis that has plagued our country has to be used to “look at structural problems”. The message was left by the President of the Republic, this Friday, at the opening conference of Festival P, with which the Public celebrates its 31st birthday.

The world was caught unnoticed by the arrival of an invisible enemy and countries found themselves plunged into a crisis that they will have to overcome sooner or later. For the President of the Republic, it is time for Portugal to take advantage of the new cycle and not to miss Europe’s train, otherwise “half a dozen years” will be left behind.

So, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa considers that the country needs a “strong political system”, with “alternative” and “permanent concern for updating the protagonists”, to get out of this skein.

“We spend our lives thinking about the ends of the regime, but we have to think about starting over, in the remaking of political cycles. We are perhaps entering a new phase of redoing, of starting a new political, economic and social cycle. We have to do everything to make the most of it, thinking about Portugal ”, stressed the head of state, quoted by Public.

The post-pandemic will bring times of social crisis that will have to be combated with the financial aid that will come from Brussels, which Marcelo does not want to waste. “We have to look at the most urgent, the urgent, but also the medium and long term. The time we lose now is largely irrecoverable, ”he warned.

For this task, “it will be necessary to have a capacity for long-term vision, mobilizing the largest number of people to believe, because if they do not believe, the political system is levitating far from reality”.

In order to resolve “cyclical” issues without losing sight of “structural” ones (such as poverty, inequality, reforms in justice, public administration, etc.), it is necessary to union, a “strong” political system and a “civic culture that implies social cohesion, education and qualification”.

“The political system must be strong, which means that there must be an alternative, there must be a concern for permanent updating of political, economic and social protagonists, and permanent attention to what is changing in Portuguese society, which is a lot. There must be more social cohesion and more qualification“Said the President.

On the means that the Government will have at its disposal – both through community funds and through the bazooka of the Recovery and Resilience Program – Marcelo said that, “in theory”, they will be “huge”, despite being inferior “to that the crisis has already cost us ”.

The head of state considers that it is necessary to “relativize” and “know how to manage effectively and transparency”. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa created a team to keep a close watch on the management of money that arrives from the European bazooka, which counts as the main political advisor the president of the Board of Trustees of the Luso-American Foundation for Development (FLAD), Bernardo Pires de Lime.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //