The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, says that the package of measures that the Government will present to respond to inflation must be urgent, flexible and aimed at the most needy, but also at the middle class.
Speaking to journalists, on the way out of a conference by the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation, in Almada, when asked about an apparent consensus between the Government and PSD leader Luís Montenegro, on the content of the package of measures that will be approved on Monday On Friday, in the Extraordinary Council of Ministers, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said it was good that both were in agreement “on the urgency”.
“It’s good that urgency means now, it’s good that this means measures to think about the most needy, but also the middle class”, said the head of state.
In line with what he had already defended on Saturday about the flexibility of measures depending on economic developments, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa reiterated that the package must include “a diverse range of measures”, “that is to come into force quickly”, also considering “it is good that it is flexible, to foresee adjustments in the future”.
The President of the Republic also confirmed that he had spoken with the Prime Minister, António Costa, about the package of measures, but declined to go into details.
“The conversation was circumstantial,” he said, adding that the prime minister is “doing what he has to do, which is between today and tomorrow.” [segunda-feira] work on the package”.
On Saturday, the President of the Republic had already defended a balance in the package of support for families that the Government will announce, considering that it is necessary to act urgently, but that the measures must be adjusted month by month.
“It is necessary to act urgently, but carefully because of the monitoring of economic developments”, he said in statements to journalists on a visit to the Lisbon Book Fair.
Asked about the package of measures to support families that the executive will announce on Monday, the head of state shielded himself from the comments of the governor of the Bank of Portugal, Mário Centeno, who on Thursday defended that measures should not be adopted. pro-cyclical.
“That’s what the governor of the Bank of Portugal said. On the one hand, there must be a shock intervention to compensate for the situation experienced in recent months and at the moment, and on the other hand, it must be monitored – I have repeated this – – Inflation. There are those who think that inflation may come down from October, November,” he said.
For Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the measures that will be announced will aim at an “immediate shock effect”, but it is necessary to bear in mind that if inflation plummets from the end of the year, these “have to be readjusted”.