António Costa responds today to deputies on general policy of the 15th legislature – Politics

The Prime Minister, António Costa, answers this Wednesday to questions from deputies in the first debate on general policy of the 15th legislature, which will be opened by the parliamentary leader of the PSD, and which should be dominated by the health issue.

The last parliamentary debate on general policy took place on 7 October 2021, a few weeks before the ‘lead’ of the 2022 State Budget, which resulted in the dissolution of parliament in early December and the calling of early elections for 30 January this year, that PS won again, but with an absolute majority.

The debate will begin with questions from the PSD and the party’s official source told Lusa that the party’s still president, Rui Rio (who will leave office on the first weekend in July), will not make any intervention, leaving the parliamentary leader, Paulo Mota Pinto, open the debate with the prime minister.

Next, questions from the Chega, IL, PCP and BE benches and from the single deputies of PAN and Livre, closing the first round with questions from the PS.

The second round will open with the Socialists, followed by the remaining parties in descending order of representation, in a debate with a total of three hours of discussion.

The topic of health should dominate the debate, after several occasional closures of obstetric emergencies in recent days and much criticism from the opposition, along with other current issues, such as the queues registered at arrivals at Portuguese airports, or the uncertain economic situation. with rising inflation and interest rates.

A few weeks ago, several parties demanded clarifications in parliament from the prime minister on the reception of Ukrainian refugees in Portugal, after complaints that there were associations with pro-Russian elements involved in the process in Setúbal, with António Costa responding, journalists, to be bound by the duty of secrecy regarding the activities of the intelligence services.

After the general debate, the prime minister will also lead the preparatory debate for the European Council on Thursday and Friday, which will focus on the discussion of granting candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova.

Last Friday, the Prime Minister received all the parties with parliamentary seats regarding this European Council and, in the end, faced with an “almost unanimous” favorable position from all political forces (the PCP defended that the priority should be ” dialogue” and “the effort for peace”), António Costa announced that Portugal will follow the European Commission’s opinion to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidate countries to the European Union.



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