Portugal 2030

José Manuel Fernandes

Member of European Parliament

In March, the European Parliament (EP) will approve a resolution on the new financial outlook, that is to say, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) post 2020, in which the next funds and programmes will be defined. The European Commission will present the proposal in May, followed by negotiations, which require a unanimous decision of the Member States, following the EP’s assent.

The current 2014-2020 MFF implements the Europe 2020 Strategy (EU2020), the aim of which is to respond to the challenges of globalisation, natural resource scarcity, climate change, demography, migration, security and supply. The challenges, priorities and goals of EU2020 are as current as ever and will continue, while a new challenge must be added: ‘security and defence’.

The Portuguese Government has an obligation to strive to maintain the amount in its national envelopes in order to promote economic, social and territorial cohesion, strengthen the economy and employment, support agriculture and fishing, strengthen research and innovation, education and vocational training, invest in forests, complete the water and sanitation network, and combat climate change.

The government of Pedro Passos Coelho, at a time of economic difficulty, managed to negotiate and guarantee more than 11.5 million Euros per day for Portugal in the 2014-2020 MFF. It is required that the current government, of António Costa, at a time of economic growth in the EU, manages – at the very least – to maintain the same financial envelope!

Portugal has the obligation to approve a ‘Portugal 2030’ with simple regulations that allow the execution of projects that the local situation requires. The definition of ‘Portugal 2030’ must include and involve the beneficiaries, in particular players in local and regional development.