António Costa wants “increased effort” to relaunch the economy – Autárquicas 2021


The secretary general of the PS, António Costa, said today that an “increased effort” by society is needed to relaunch the economy and also called for a “very strong mobilization” of socialists in the last week of the electoral campaign.

“This is the moment where, more than ever, we all need to join forces,” he said, stressing that “this pandemic [de covid-19] it’s been terrible from the point of view of people’s health, but it was also a brutal economic shock.”

António Costa, who was speaking at a dinner with PS/Madeira candidates and militants in Funchal, said that the sectors of culture, tourism and catering were the most affected by the pandemic crisis and called for an “increased effort” to relaunch these activities.

“It is also why this Recovery and Resilience Plan exists”, he said, reinforcing: “As we now have more resources than we ever had, we also have an obligation to the European Union, to ourselves and to the next generations to want to do more and do better than what we’ve done in the past and go further and further and faster.”

The secretary general of the PS declared it necessary to “join everyone’s forces” and avoid “absurd divisions” between parishes, municipalities, regions and the Republic.

“We cannot waste time, neither on disputes, nor on side issues, we have to focus on what is fundamental and what is fundamental is to overcome the dramas that this crisis has opened”, he said, focusing on the importance of supporting companies, creating of employment and the recovery of household income.

At a dinner with PS candidates for local councils on Sunday in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, António Costa called for the mobilization of militants, warning that “there are neither defeats nor anticipated victories”.

“What I appeal, in this, which is the first day of the last week of the electoral campaign, is that in all parishes and in all municipalities we maintain a very strong mobilization,” he said.

In the autonomous region, the PS competes with its own lists in ten of the eleven municipalities, and in Funchal it is part of the Confiança coalition (PS/BE/PAN/MPT/PDR), headed by the current president of the municipality, Miguel Silva Gouveia.

“We want to win the municipal elections because we deeply believe that our democracy is richer, more alive, more participatory with regional autonomy, but also with the autonomy of the democratic local power of municipalities and parishes,” said António Costa.


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