Portuguese PM to announce measures to cope with rising living costs

Measures to help Portuguese families cope with rising living costs will be announced on Monday, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa told reporters on Thursday, stating that “strength comes from staying calm”.

At a joint press conference with Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, Costa was asked by the Portuguese press if he could advance some of these measures to support family income in the face of inflation, which will be approved by the extraordinary Cabinet meeting on Monday (5 September).

“It is necessary to ensure that both families and companies are able to face this situation, and that is what we are working on. And Monday is almost the day after tomorrow,” he said, warning that “inflation is one of the most difficult economic phenomena to face, manage and control”, and pointed out that the end of the war in Ukraine is also unpredictable.

Asked about who will take over the health minister role following the resignation announcement of Marta Temido, the prime minister said that internal policy issues are dealt with in Portugal.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said measures to help families and businesses deal with inflation should be decided at the EU level, adding that he was waiting to see the government’s proposed package.

“I think that at this moment, in all countries, a set of measures has to be considered. The ideal thing would be for it to be concerted at the European level, otherwise, inequalities in Europe will increase,” Rebelo de Sousa told reporters on Thursday.


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