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PSD proposes 17 measures for a common European solution in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic

Press | News | 04-04-2020

The six Portuguese MEPs wrote a letter addressed to Commission President von der Leyen, European Parliament President Sassoli, European Central Bank President Lagarde, and to the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa with proposals to combat the Covid-19 crisis, TSF Online reports. In the document, the MEPs propose 17 measures to contribute to “an urgent common solution”, based in solidarity. The MEPs defended their support for Coronabonds, the creation of an unemployment reassurance, the...

MEPs from PSD present 17 measures to respond to the crisis

Press | News | 04-04-2020

The six MEPs from Portuguese party PSD sent a letter to the European institutions with proposals to fight the Covid-19 crisis, Jornal de Notícias Online reports. The letter was sent to Commission President von der Leyen, European Parliament President Sassoli, European Central Bank President Lagarde, and to the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa. In the letter, the MEPs stated that the current pandemic shows that the European Union does not have any strategic supplies of medicine, food, ...

A window to the future

Press | Opinion Articles | 03-04-2020

In an opinion article in O Jornal Económico, MEP Graça Carvalho writes about the isolation measures to prevent contagion by Covid-19. MEP Carvalho praises all the alternatives found by the companies and people to continue interacting and working. “The ease in information circulation reveals its priceless importance, allowing the contact between political deciders, scientists, and experts in public health involved in the combat to the Covid-19 in their respective countries,” MEP Carvalho says....

PSD MEPs present package of measures to combat the Covid-19 crisis

Work in Parliament | Other Activities | 03-04-2020

The six PSD MEPs sent this Friday a letter to the four presidents of the European Institutions (European Commission, European Council, European Parliament and European Central Bank) and to the Portugal's Prime Minister, António Costa, with information also being addressed to the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The letter was sent with a document in which MEPs present 17 measures to respond to the Covid-19 crisis and demand a common solution of an urgent nature, capable of ...

COVID-19 crisis forces EU to prepare Plan B (and Plan C) for seven-year budget

Press | News | 31-03-2020

Hard-pressed governments lack time and capacity to agree on long-term funding for 2021 - 2027 By Éanna Kelly and Florin Zubașcu As governments across Europe desperately firefight COVID-19, minds in Brussels are turning to contingency plans for the multi annual financial framework (MFF), the next seven-year EU budget that is due to run from the start of next year. Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, on Saturday said she would unveil a new proposal for the 2021-2027 budget, ...

Broadening the strategic autonomy of the EU

Press | Opinion Articles | 30-03-2020

The complexity of our global interrelation was evident long before the COVID-19 outbreak, but is now appearing as a Gordian knot that requires urgent reflexion and decisive action. There is a deep interdependence between the different regions of the world, that brought us many gains but also new problems like the ones we are now experiencing. The Von der Leyen Commission has made clear that the Union shall develop a continental strategic autonomy. Until now, digital or technological...

Broadening the EU's strategic autonomy

Press | Opinion Articles | 30-03-2020

Investing in education and innovation enriches our ability to respond to unforeseen circumstances and is crucial to ensuring our continued wellbeing. There is a deep interdependence between the different regions of the world that brought us many gains, but also new problems like the ones we are now experiencing. The Von der Leyen Commission has made clear that the Union must develop a continental strategic autonomy. Until now, digital or technological sovereignty was the key component in t...

Financial assistance to Member States and countries negotiating their accession to the Union that are seriously affected by a major public health emergency

Work in Parliament | Explanations of Vote | 26-03-2020

I voted in favour of this report as it contains proposals that must be immediately deployed to create minimum conditions for mobilising cash reserves in the European Structural and Investment Funds to tackle the crisis. The quasi-unanimous support that the report gathered shows how the European Parliament can act united in the interests of the European citizens when it comes to alleviate the effects of this unprecedented crisis. The report contains provisions to modify three legal acts aiming...

Specific measures to mobilise investments in the health care systems of the Member States and in other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak (Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative)

Work in Parliament | Explanations of Vote | 26-03-2020

I voted in favour of this report as it contains proposals that must be immediately deployed to create minimum conditions for mobilising cash reserves in the European Structural and Investment Funds to tackle the crisis. The quasi-unanimous support that the report gathered shows how the European Parliament can act united in the interests of the European citizens when it comes to alleviate the effects of this unprecedented crisis. The report contains provisions to modify three legal acts aiming...

Combating the virus of doubt in health and in the economy

Press | Opinion Articles | 25-03-2020

In an opinion article in Público, MEP Graça Carvalho wrote about the need of a coordinated response to the Covid-19 outbreak at a European level. The MEP wrote about health and economy being the most important sectors to face this crisis, and that investment in health is also an investment in the economy. Ms Carvalho said that the measures presented by the European Commission to allow more budgetary flexibility to the member states was a good action, but it will be for naught if the money is n...

Covid-19: PSD proposes to the European Commission the acquisition of test kits and massification of the screenings

Work in Parliament | Questions to the Commission and the Council | 20-03-2020

PSD MEPs in the European Parliament questioned today the European Commission about the possibility of launching a specific tender for the purchase of test kits for screening Covid-19, which ensures the necessary supply flows to Member States. This question to the Commission follows the recommendation of the World Health Organization, which urges States to adopt mass screening policies, giving as an example the actions taken by the Chinese and South Korean authorities and pointing to the data...

Request for assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

Work in Parliament | Questions to the Commission and the Council | 17-03-2020

PSD MEPs in the European Parliament questioned today the European Commission about the EU's willingness to take over the acquisition and reinforcement of medical equipment and resources, to help Member States in combating the pandemic caused by Covid-19. The Portuguese MEPs advocate in their priority question for written answer the use of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (CPM) assistance, activated upon official request by Member States, to help save human lives and respond to one of the...

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