Marcelo presides today over Costa's last Council of Ministers with PRR on the agenda

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa's participation comes at the invitation of the Prime Minister

The Government's Council of Ministers led by António Costa meets today for the last time and will be chaired by the head of State, with the PRR's status being one of the topics on the agenda.

A Government source confirmed to the Lusa agency that, as had been announced by the Minister of the Presidency Mariana Vieira da Silva, at the Government meeting on Thursday, the legislative proposals necessary for the fifth disbursement of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) will be left ready for approval by the next executive.

In addition to the status of the implementation of the PRR, today's meeting will also present the culmination of the legislative process for the reform of rural property and the diploma relating to the career of scientific research and higher education teachers in the private sector, which was under consultation public and will be concluded to be put up for negotiation with the unions.

The new model of cultural patronage and the National Strategy for the Integration of Homeless People (ENIPSSA) are other diplomas on the Council of Ministers' agenda, said the same source.

The participation of the President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in the executive meeting, the first to be held in the new Government building, on the premises of Caixa Geral de Depósitos, comes at the invitation of the Prime Minister, António Costa's office announced on Thursday -fair.

In 2016, António Costa made a similar invitation to Aníbal Cavaco Silva, at the end of his presidential term, at that time a Council of Ministers exclusively dedicated to maritime matters, which took place at the São Julião da Barra Fort, in Oeiras.

According to article 133 of the Constitution, it is part of the President of the Republic's powers to “preside over the Council of Ministers, when the Prime Minister requests it”.

Today's prime minister's agenda also includes a meeting, at 16:00 pm, with the Independent Technical Commission (CTI) and the president of the Monitoring Commission, in which António Costa will be given the final report on the evaluation of strategic options to increase airport capacity in the Lisbon region.

On Thursday, the Commission for Monitoring the CTI's work on the new airport gave a favorable opinion to the final report, which was met with disagreement from the Santarém City Council.

The CTI published on the 11th the final report of the strategic environmental assessment of the new airport, maintaining the recommendation of a single solution in Alcochete or Vendas Novas, but pointed out that Humberto Delgado + Santarém “could be a solution”.

The PSD decided a few months ago to set up an internal working group to analyze the location of the new Lisbon airport, after agreeing with the PS to set up a CTI to carry out the strategic environmental assessment.

The social democratic president, Luís Montenegro, guaranteed that the decision will be taken “in the first days” of government.

The Democratic Alliance (pre-electoral coalition that brought together PSD, CDS-PP and PPM) won the elections on the 10th and the PSD leader was appointed prime minister by the President of the Republic. Luís Montenegro presents his Government on March 28th and the inauguration is scheduled for April 2nd.