In the last televised debate by Rui Tavares (Livre), within the scope of the pre-campaign for the early legislative elections on January 30, the climate crisis was the starting point for the face to face broadcast by SIC-Notícias.The Livre candidate for the legislative elections and head of the list for Lisbon stressed that his party defends “a different way of looking at development”. “We want a country where no one is below the threshold of dignity,” he defended, warning of the issue of the climate emergency, a term that displeases the opponent in the debate.
João Cotrim de Figueiredo, president of the Liberal Initiative (IL), warned of the need for resources that Portugal does not have in 2022. “20 years ago we would have had more points of convergence”, he underlined, criticizing the alarmism that some parties give to the climate emergency. and which, in his opinion, contribute to “a shameless campaign against the market economy”, which he rejects.
Rui Tavares clarified that “the ecological crisis is real” and that it may even be “an opportunity” for “the economic transformation” of Portugal.
Cotrim responded, defending that “only by making the economy grow is it possible to respond to the need to correct environmental imbalances”. He added: “Climate transition is expensive and decarbonization processes are expensive, resources are needed.”
He claimed that in Portugal the average salary is 1,300 euros, half of which goes to the State, in taxes. “This is not a society that can be developed”, he said, considering that “unless you advocate a new man, some utopia, it is not lawful for people to do for the planet what the right styles of economy can do” .
Regarding the emigration of young Portuguese people, the candidates almost seemed to be in agreement. Cotrim recalled that they seek liberal countries, such as the Netherlands, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Tavares listed States with strong unions and collective bargaining and workers represented in company administrations, such as Germany and Denmark.
Rui Tavares defended a reform of taxation in Portugal, namely its simplification, with a lower VAT, and João Cotrim de Figueiredo claimed that tax relief in the IRS is “the fastest, most direct and growth-inducing way to raise wages”.
Regarding the fact that IL has withdrawn the cost of higher education students from its courses from its electoral program, Cotrim said that this measure – defended in 2019 – was based on a possibility of payment, which salaries in Portugal do not justify. “It’s an idea with merit, that we can go back there”, he advanced.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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