Costa says Portugal is at the forefront – Politics

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“Peace, solidarity and trust” were the three words on which the Prime Minister anchored his Christmas message which he delivered on the night of 25 December.

“Families, companies, institutions of the social sector, municipalities, the State, we are fighting, shoulder to shoulder, not to leave anyone behind, to protect jobs, to continue to recover from the wounds of the pandemic, in economy, in learning, in health, both physical and mental”, said António Costa, to highlight the difficulties resulting from the war and the consequent increase in inflation, energy bills and rates of interest.

“It is only with this sense of community, of sharing, of solidarity that we could continue to approach the most developed economies in Europe, with business investment, exports and jobs which are growing”, claimed the leader of the government.

From the perspective of the Prime Minister, it is precisely this spirit of solidarity that must be considered as the essential element of the confidence with which the Portuguese must face the future. “The solidarity with which we succeeded, together, and side by side, in facing the challenges that busy times bring us, gives us confidence in the mobilization of everyone around the strategic challenges that our country faces: we reduce inequalities, we respond for the climate. emergency, ensure the digital transition and overcome the demographic challenge”, he declared.

To justify this trust, António Costa identified the merits of the work carried out by the Government. “The sustained trajectory of deficit and debt reduction takes us away from the turmoil of the past. The investment we have made in qualifications, science, innovation, and in the energy and climate transition guarantees us that we are at the forefront to overcome the challenges of the future”.

thanks to the Ukrainians

However, the first words of the head of government contemplated peace and its antipodes, the “horror of war” that returned to Europe, with the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. In this regard, António Costa left a word of “special affection” to the Ukrainian community living in the country that contributes “dedicatedly to our development”, but also to those “who have come in recent months in search of security’.

António Costa ended his Christmas message “with a word of sincere gratitude to the professionals, civil and military, who, on this occasion, ensure the operation of essential services and a special word of affection and comfort all those who, because of the vicissitudes. of life, they are alone on this block”.


Source: Journal de Negócios from www.jornaldenegocios.pt.

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