Costa: “It is not possible to point the finger of the President of the Republic”


In the first interview after the State Budget’s lead, António Costa said that “only at the end” did he realize that the State Budget would be in the way. “I’m very sorry,” he said in an interview with RTP and adds that “I had a glimmer of hope that at the last minute someone would realize that the country needed a budget.”

Regarding the failed negotiations, António Costa says that there were “two points that blocked” the negotiations, one on the sustainability of Social Security (penalties for early retirement) and another on the increase in the minimum wage. On this subject, the prime minister says that what was proposed to him was “to go up in the next year alone more than in the previous four years. It was very easy for me to say yes”. “It was easier for me to say yes or say no. I don’t have a mandate for this, I don’t,” he argued after noting that he could not ask companies that left the pandemic to assume a 13% increase (to reach 800 euros in 2022 proposed by the PCP).

“Is it realistic? It’s not if it’s desirable”, he said, in order to end up leaving in the air the possibility of not having an agreement with the social partners: “Let’s see if there is an agreement for the 705 euros”. In previous years there has been no agreement and the Government took over lunch.

These were the two measures that blocked with the parties of the left and on the criticisms that have been made to you? “I don’t want to open wounds that need to be healed. I’ve been listening to them and I’m not going to answer them. The country doesn’t want more poemics and political trifles.” You later considered that “politicians had no respect for what people suffered” Include yourself? The prime minister says he has been “asked many times” about the two measures that blocked the negotiation. “In conscience, I don’t feel that I can impose on companies (a raise in the minimum wage) and on the other hand, I cannot compromise the future of Social Security,” he said.

“We went to the limit of limits. I don’t think we went too far,” he defended.

“It is not possible to point the finger of the President of the Republic”

António Costa defended Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s position of advancing to early elections, saying that he moved to the “least bad” of the options and that “no one can say they were fooled” by the decision and guarantees that Marcelo warned him “of what he would say” even because there was a “fundamental rejection” and the President of the Republic understood “that the political basis for supporting this Government had disappeared”.

“I understand the decision of the President of the Republic,” he said. And ended, on this topic: “It is not possible to point the finger of the President”. What about the election date: “The sooner the better”.

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