The theme had already been released by the leader of the parliamentary PCP, Joao Oliveira, at the beginning of the debate, but it was resumed by the Bruno Days at the end of the session.
“The reduction of the minimum limit [of the Special Payment on Account (PEC)] for the 850 euros should be considered as the beginning of the end of the PEC,” said the communist mp, who, after hearing the words of Manuel Caldeira Cabral, called the attention of the Executive to the need for a “reduction of the energy bill for the population and economic activity”.
And he added: “it Is urgent change of policy in the matters of the fund.
Asked by the deputy of the CFP, the minister for the Economy has left the assurance: “it Is a measure interesting to consider in the debate in the specialty, where we will be open to many improvements in this Budget”.
According to the ruler, that is no use if this will be a measure incorporated into the budget document, the reduction of the PEC “is, in fact, an improvement for businesses and that should was seen in the discussion in the specialty.
Before, in the initial intervention, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, had already argued that the proposal of the Executive is pursuing a path of “fiscal consolidation and relief of the tax burden”, emphasizing that “resets the normality” after the “instability experienced during the adjustment period”.
Ensuring that this is a State Budget that “helps those who invest”, the minister of Economy did not hide, however, that the “high level of indebtedness of enterprises” is also “a hindrance to the growth of the Portuguese economy.
in This sense, says Caldeira Cabral, the budget proposal, which underlines not have “cut”, you want to “” continue the program of capitalization of the companies, assuring the minister that, “until the end of the year,” the Executive will present “measures of corporate restructuring”.
“The Portuguese economy with this grow and has given positive signs of investor confidence”, added Manuel Caldeira Cabral, who said: “We are seeing positive signs throughout the year. We hope that will increase in 2017″.
Highlighting the measures already presented in the areas of energy – such as the “reduction” of the price of natural gas or the “enlargement” of the Social Tariff Only -, tourism, or the “simplification of business activity”, – the ruler addressed the theme of the National Minimum Wage, “not accepting that competitiveness is strengthened by the low wages”.
“Only by creating more value through innovation can we be more competitive,” he noted.