The Government understands that “there is not necessarily any overlap” between the functions of Sérgio Figueiredo in the Ministry of Finance and other State services, adding that the powers of the Court of Auditors are “entirely preserved” to supervise the contract.
In the ‘briefing’ of the Council of Ministers, which took place this Thursday, the Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, André Moz Caldas, was asked whether it was necessary for the Ministry of Finance to hire the former administrator of the EDP Foundation Sérgio Figueiredo as a strategic consultant, taking into account that the Center for Planning, Policy and Foresight of Public Administration (PlanAPP), created in 2021, performs the same functions.
In his response, André Moz Caldas underlined that the competence center in question “has been implemented, is working, deals with matters of strategic planning, prospective and evaluation of public policies in general, in the context of administration, particularly with regard to regarding the elaboration of major strategy documents, what the main options are or what the national reform program within the framework of the European Semester looks like”.
The Secretary of State also highlighted that PlanAPP “coordinates a planning network, the so-called REPLAN, which brings together all entities, bodies or sectoral representatives in terms of planning, forecasting and evaluation of public policies that exist in other government areas”.
“Which means that the creation of PlanAPP does not exhaust the possibility of having activity in these domains, at the sectoral level, in each of the government areas, and, therefore, there is not necessarily an overlap in the activities of this service and any other areas. sector representatives in this matter, or collaborators from the various government areas in the same areas”, he said.
Asked whether, given the appeals that have been made, Sérgio Figueiredo’s contract should be inspected by the Court of Auditors, Moz Caldas replied that “all the powers of the Court of Auditors and other control institutions are obviously preserved”.
“In the case of the Court of Auditors, in the field of concomitant and successive inspection, which can be permanently exercised on this and any contract that is celebrated by ministerial offices, or public administration offices. Therefore, these skills are fully preserved”, he underlined.
Asked if the Government will take the initiative to ask for this inspection, Moz Caldas replied: “Whether the Government will take the initiative or not in this matter is a question that has not been sufficiently considered yet, and that does not fall within the collegial dimension of the collegial action of the Government. and therefore it is not for me to answer him.”
Asked again if, since this inspection does not depend on the collegiate action of the Government, it should be the Ministry of Finance to request it, Moz Caldas replied that “typically, the action of the Court of Auditors is not carried out on request”.
“Therefore, it seems to me that it would be very untimely to be elaborating on this matter. The Court is competent, will take whatever action it sees fit and must do so free from any interference from anyone,” he said.
Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.
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