European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said Portugal “is not in a critical situation” over structural funds due to the delay in installing the new government.
The European Commissioner said that “Portugal is not without funds” and that there is still time for the Community framework for the period between 2021 and 2027, that known as 2030, since, so far, only one country of the European Union “completely closed the negotiations”.
“I think that, at the moment, there is no critical situation, we have made for these contracts the multi-year partnership agreements of 21/27, the only country that has already completely closed the negotiations was Greece, already last summer,” she added. concluded.
Elisa Ferreira stressed that “Portugal is not without funds, it had emergency funds, structural funds which have been reprogrammed” to respond to the covid-19 pandemic.
In addition, “exceptional funds are still in progress to strengthen the previous framework” to complete the 2014/2020 community framework, which still has money.
For the European Commissioner, “what is important is that the year 2022 does not pass without making significant leaps in the negotiation of the 2021/2027 framework”.
“There are negotiations, there are discussions between the European Commission and the Portuguese entities, this should be accelerated, so that in 2022 these negotiations are closed”, she concluded.
For the commissioner, what is important at this time is that “there is a public discussion on what you want to do with these increased funds”.
“What you are going to do is much more important than this desire for money,” she said.
For the head of Cohesion and Reforms, “the most important thing is to refocus public discussions, both at European level and in Portugal, on what we want to do and bet on the right vectors”