The PAN (People-Animals-Nature) party announced this Sunday that it will abstain from the State Budget for 2021, an important step towards making the document feasible. The parliamentary leader of the PAN began by reminding that the Budget comes at a time when the country faces a “second wave” of the Covid-19 pandemic and that “there is much to do in terms of expertise in 2021”, but wanting to keep negotiating and “Not being able to vote in favor”, the PAN will “abstain”.
With the already announced abstention from the PCP, the PAN made the Government only need that a deputy vote in favor so that the approval of the Budget is guaranteed. Minutes later, Joacine Katar-Moreira gave the Observer precisely this guarantee: if her vote is accurate, she will save the document. In other words: the Government has already achieved the certainty that it will have the budget approved in general, even before the meeting of the National Table of the Left Block, which takes place this Sunday.
Budget approval guaranteed. Joacine guarantees to be an unlocking part: “Absolutely”
The Left Block decides and announces its vote at dawn this Sunday, but as it has not yet decided, it gave the chance to be a non-registered deputy to give this guarantee to the executive first.
Contacted this Sunday by the Observer, the non-registered deputy Cristina Rodrigues guaranteed that she would only take and communicate the decision on Monday. The ENP announced that it will only take the decision on Tuesday, so this Monday could be “Cristina’s day”, when the non-registered would put the final seal on the approval of the OE. It was enough for that to vote in favor. But Joacine anticipated and said this Sunday that he would always make the Budget viable if the document depended on his vote.
Returning to the PAN announcement, Inês Sousa Real explains that OE2021 must be “capable of starting the economic recovery” and recalls “that no one should be left out of this budget”. The PAN recalls that “at this stage the content of the final budget is open and there is room for progress in terms of specialty”. Thus, “as long as the Government and the PS do not back down on the commitments already made, being unable to vote in favor of this budget, the PAN will abstain in general”.
Before announcing this vote, Inês Sousa Real reiterated the “positive aspects” of the State Budget for 2021 as “the increase in the minimum amount of unemployment benefit to a value above the poverty line; the creation of new social support and the provision of a ban on dismissals for companies receiving public support, in the extension of support to companies; the non-transfer of public money to Novo Banco; a national railway plan that ensures the rail connection to all district capitals; the establishment of a national asbestos removal program; or the National Strategy to Combat Poverty, whose creation of the commission for its preparation has already been announced by the Government ”.
In addition, he recalled, “as a result of the strong commitment and merit of the proposals”, the party was able to see “inscribed in general” proposals as “the expansion of housing first and shared apartments, which will allow hundreds of people to be taken off the street; the achievement of a shelter for victims of child marriage, early or forced; The guarantee of 261 contracts for INEM; the implementation of incentives for acquisition of low-emission vehicles, conventional or electric bicycless; the realization of protocols with university veterinary hospitals, to ensure the provision of medical-veterinary services to animals held by needy families and zoophilic associations; and the approval of the animal provider’s legal regime, not just the company ”.
In addition, he recalls, for the PAN “a given word is an honored word” and that is why it was necessary to guarantee the implementation of measures approved under the Budget for 2020 that have not yet been implemented. And listed them. The PAN had guarantees from the Government that these measures will be implemented.
Article updated at 20h07 with the information of Joacine Katar-Moreira, that it would make the Budget for 2021 viable
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