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We endorse measures aimed at prevention and social support and we distance ourselves from the State of Emergency

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We endorse measures aimed at prevention and social support and we distance ourselves from the State of Emergency

Mr. President of the Parliament,
Mr. Prime-Minister,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Parliament,

The measures aimed at preventing and containing the spread of the virus are not the measures under the State of Emergency and PCP will not allow the former to be confused with the latter.

We remain convinced that Portugal requires measures aimed at preventing and containing the spread of the virus and we underline the reservations that we have regarding the State of Emergency and that explain our distancing therefrom.

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Proposals for strengthening the protection of rights and addressing the epidemic outbreak

Statement by João Oliveira, Head of the Parliamentary Group and member of the Political Commission of the Central Committee

Proposals for strengthening the protection of rights and addressing the epidemic outbreak

The present situation requires significant measures to oppose the epidemic outbreak, but it also calls for measures aimed at defending the rights and living conditions of workers and the people.

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«The defence of our people demands intensifying the struggle for food sovereignty»

Speech by João Frazão, member of the Political Committee of the Central Committee, Public Hearing on “Production and Food Sovereignty”

«The defence of our people demands intensifying the struggle for food sovereignty»

The first word of the PCP is for the farmers, fishermen and workers.

For all those who persistently continue to sow seeds on the soil, plant their crops, fertilize, till, prune, dig, feed and care for their animals, for all agricultural workers, including the migrants who are so often under subhuman conditions and that the big landowners and middlemen leave to their fate on the first occasion, and those who continue to go to the sea, to ensure the supply of our markets and the food of the Portuguese people.

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«Fight the epidemic outbreak, fight the law of the jungle, defend and protect workers' rights»

Statement by João Frazão, Member of the Political Commission of PCP’s Central Committee, Lisbon

«Fight the epidemic outbreak, fight the law of the jungle, defend and protect workers' rights»

The current epidemic outbreak has to be tackled, prevented and fought with determination, mobilizing the means and resources essential to defend health and life. But it cannot be used and instrumentalized, taking advantage of legitimate concerns, to serve as a pretext for the worsening of exploitation and for an attack on workers' rights.

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The Covid-19 epidemic – The unavoidable response to the economic and social emergency

Statement by Vasco Cardoso, Member of the Political Commission of PCP’s Central Committee , Lisbon

The Covid-19 epidemic – The unavoidable response to the economic and social emergency

1 – The situation that has emerged in Portugal as a result of the Covid – 19 outbreak requires as a first priority the adoption of prevention measures and propping up the National Health System’s ability to address the spread of the epidemic and to provide clinical responses to the crisis.

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Defend unwaveringly the interests of the people and the country - Reject the impositions and constraints of the European Union

Statement by João Ferreira, MP of the PCP in the European Parliament and member of the Central Committee of the PCP

Defend unwaveringly the interests of the people and the country - Reject the impositions and constraints of the European Union

1. The needs to respond to the epidemic outbreak of COVID-19, namely with regard to the urgent strengthening of the capacity of the National Health Service and measures to defend economic activities, employment and income of workers, their labour rights, demand with more pressing urgency that the country face and resolutely reject the constraints resulting from submission to the impositions of the European Union, which are not only at the root of the problems that the people and the country face, but hinder their resolution.

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«You can count on the PCP to resist difficulties and to defend rights»

Statement by Jerónimo de Sousa, General Secretary

«You can count on the PCP to resist difficulties and to defend rights»

I would like to share with you this feeling of unease that assails us in the face of the situation we are experiencing.

But also to affirm and share the hope that we will overcome the difficulties and dangers that we face, where words have to give way to action, preventive measures and clinical treatment that safeguard life, health and rights.

They ask us for how long. We are sure of only one thing: we will overcome this difficult moment.

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On the measures decided by the Government in the application of the State of Emergency

Statement by Vasco Cardoso, Member of the Political Committee of the Central Committee of the PCP

On the measures decided by the Government in the application of the State of Emergency

1- The country’s situation, in view of the developments of the COVID-19 epidemic outbreak, requires continued compliance with the guidelines recommended by Health authorities and which have deserved the widespread and exemplary understanding and acceptance by the Portuguese people, as well as measures to strengthen the response capacity of the National Health Service.

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On the request of authorization for declaration of state of emergency

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On the request of authorization for declaration of state of emergency

Mr. Speaker,
Mr. Prime Minister,
Ladies and Gentlemen Members of Parliament,

Under the Constitution and the law on the state of siege and emergency, the declaration of a state of emergency should not be decided on the basis of abstract or theoretical considerations, it requires the substantiated findings of the existence of an exceptional framework that can justify such a decision and the specifically identified measures that can only be implemented following that declaration.

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The COVID-19 epidemic outbreak - Short-term and medium-term repercussions, and the responses and policies that must be adopted to address them

Statement by Jorge Pires, member of the Political Committee of the Central Committee

The COVID-19 epidemic outbreak - Short-term and medium-term repercussions, and the responses and policies that must be adopted to address them

1. The COVID-19 epidemic outbreak confronting the country and the world naturally requires, as a priority, an appropriate set of prevention procedures, including health measures that must be strengthened. Public health services play a crucial role, accompanied at the same time by essential measures to enable the clinical response. The National Health Service must be strengthened, at all levels.