The Prime Minister defended this Friday, April 14, that the «worst thing that could happen was to invent a political crisis» in Portugal, stressing that we are «living in a very demanding situation», with an inflationary crisis.
«We are experiencing very demanding times for everyone, for governments, for companies, for families. The last thing to do is to aggravate the difficulties», he considered, noting that these phases must be lived with serenity.
For António Costa, «the worst thing that could possibly happen was to invent a political crisis in a world that already has an excess of crises».
The prime minister was speaking on the sidelines of the signing of the collaboration protocol with the Repsol Foundation – Motor Verde +Floresta Project, in the Salão Nobre of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia de Lisboa, Tapada da Ajuda, Lisbon.
For the leader of the executive, despite the fact that the country is in an «inflationary crisis», there must be a simultaneous response «to the needs of the present and to implement the future».
«We had a very intense work to get around inflation in one of the most critical areas triggered by the war that has to do with energy. At the moment, inflation in the energy sector is still around 2%. We have in some areas a reduction in prices», he underlined.
On the remarks of former President of the Republic Cavaco Silva who considered at the beginning of the week that the political situation, which he classified two months ago as "very dangerous", has deteriorated since then "much more than he anticipated", António Costa said he did not “comments to commentators”.
«Mr. Cavaco Silva was once Prime Minister, President of the Republic and now he comments on political activity. I used to be a commentator, now I'm a prime minister, I don't comment on political activity, nor do I comment on commentators. Respect, even if I habitually disagree with what he says. I naturally listen with the respect that one should listen to, that is certainly the Portuguese professional politician with the most years in the active », he stressed.