Chega will call the Minister of Finance, Fernando Medina, to parliament, under potestative law, to explain with “extreme urgency” more details of the measures to combat inflation.
“I wanted to announce to you here that Chega intends to use its potestative right to oblige and force Fernando Medina to go to parliament as soon as possible, with an extremely urgent character”, said the leader of that party, André Ventura.
Speaking to journalists at the entrance to a party dinner in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos, Madeira, Ventura defended that Fernando Medina should indicate which products in the food basket will no longer have value added tax, “what agreement was made with the distribution “, as well as what “is the concept of vulnerable families”.
“Are they those who receive social benefits? Is the middle class left out of these supports?”, he questioned.
André Ventura also wants to know if the one percent increase in civil servants’ salaries “is retroactive” and if “pensions are excluded”.
“I think it is elementary justice for the country to know and for the country to know quickly what these measures are. If not, the Government will limit itself to holding large press conferences, very pompous, with a lot of people and with many journalists, but that are of no use and that no one feels they are worth anything”, he defended.
“Therefore, the challenge I leave is for Fernando Medina to explain this quickly. As I suspect he will not do it, Chega will force him to go to parliament to explain this, if possible as early as next week”, he reinforced.
The Government announced on Friday the reduction to zero of VAT on essential foodstuffs, the increase of one percent in civil service salaries, a monthly support of 30 euros for the poorest families and an extraordinary supplement of 15 euros per child and youth for beneficiaries of family allowance.