If the agenda is confirmed, Zema will have the first opportunity to discuss directly with Lula Minas’ requests for debt renegotiation with the Union | Photo: Videopress Producer
The governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema (Novo), sent a letter to the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), to request a meeting with the president during an official visit to the State, next week. The information was confirmed this Friday morning (2) by the vice-governor, Mateus Simões (Novo), during signing of the opening term of the Samba Mineiro registration process as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Minas.
“The governor will not only receive him but has already officially sent a request, despite the agenda not being confirmed, so that he can have at least 30 minutes of conversation with the governor so that we can discuss the issues of Belo Horizonte, the region metropolitan area, but especially in Minas Gerais”, said Simões.
The vice-governor defended that the State is known nationally for its hospitality to visitors and stated that the reception for Lula would be no different. ““We have won all the awards over the last few years for the best receiving state in Brazil. We are one of the best destinations in terms of hospitality and it will be no different, obviously, with the President of the Republic, who is very welcome”, he declared.
Simões did not confirm the day on which the meeting between Zema and Lula should take place, as there has not yet been a nod from Planalto to confirm the meeting. On Wednesday, the president will be in Juiz de Fora, in Zona da Mata, and will only arrive in Belo Horizonte on Thursday.
Debt with the Union
If the agenda between Romeu Zema and Lula is confirmed, it will be the first time that the governor will have the opportunity to speak directly with the President of the Republic about the attempt to renegotiate Minas’ debt with the Union, which has already exceeded R$160 billion. This Wednesday, the State had already announced the creation, by the National Treasury Secretariat (SNT), of two working groups to analyze a proposal for an alternative to joining the Fiscal Recovery Regime (RRF). The initiative took place after a meeting between the Secretary of State for Finance, Gustavo Barbosa, and the Undersecretary of the State Treasury, Fábio Amaral.
The first group, according to the statement, will analyze the feasibility of the proposed federalization of Cemig, Copasa and Codemig. The transfer of control of state-owned companies to the Union was suggested by Pacheco to reduce part of the State’s debt of around R$162 billion to the Union. The alternative also provides for state-owned companies to be purchased by the government after 20 years.
The second working group will update the data from the Fiscal Recovery Plan sent by the Government of Minas to the Ministry of Finance in May last year so that the State could join the RRF. As the plan was created with the expectation that it would be approved at the end of last year and the deadline was extended by the Federal Supreme Court (STF) until April 20, it may be necessary for the numbers presented by the State of Minas Gerais to be adjusted.
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