Tuesday, 02 October: Several daily papers, including Diário de Notícias, report that EC President José Manuel Barroso announced the approval of the coalition government’s alternative to the ill-received TSU measure, as opposition parties and social partners claim they have been kept in the dark.
«TSU replacement already debated and approved in Brussels four days ago», reveals Público, as the EU gave the Portuguese government the green light to go ahead with its alternatives to the controversial TSU measure, which aimed to reduce company-paid social security contributions while increasing those of employees. The government was forced to seek alternatives fast to appease the international lenders, after the original measure sparked a wave of protests in Portugal.
Correio da Manhã
«Health centres with private management», reports Correio da Manhã, after the Ministry of Health created a working group to assess private management models for Portugal’s health centres. According to the daily, entities from the social sector, such as charities and cooperatives of retired doctors, can apply for the concession of over 300 family health units.
Diário de Notícias
«Cabinet hides measures approved in Brussels», writes Diário de Notícias, as the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso announced the approval of the Portuguese government’s new austerity measures, which replaced the controversial proposed changes to social security contributions. Both the opposition parties and the social partners claim they have been given no knowledge of the new measures.
The daily also reports that left-wing Left Bloc and the Communist Party are both presenting a no-confidence motion in parliament against the coalition government.
Jornal de Notícias
«Cases suppressed in Porto’s DIAP», reports Jornal de Notícias, after a bailiff was discovered to have suppressed dozens of cases at the Central Department of Investigation and Penal Coordination in Porto, letting them lapse. The suspect was charged with 37 crimes.
«17 ex CGD managers cost €2m in pensions», writes i, revealing how many state-owned companies, like bank caixa Geral de depósitos (CGD), have given golden pensions to former executives who are still working in the private sector, the majority of which leading big companies and accumulating earnings. According to the paper, 17 people who worked for the senior levels of management at the CGD alone are costing the state €2m in pensions, which range from €2,710 to €14,352 before taxes.
The daily also highlights the unprecedented joint effort by left-wing party Left Bloc and the Communist Party after they agree on a common strategy to face the government.
«Government wraps up alternative to TSU without consulting partners and parties», reports financial daily Diário Económico, after the Portuguese cabinet sent Brussels a new proposal revising the memorandum last Thursday, proposing to change the internal devaluation measure it had intended with the changes to social security contributions (the so-called TSU measure), which the EC-ECB-IMF troika wasted no time approving on Friday. Opposition parties, employers and trade unions have not been informed of the government’s alternative proposal.
Jornal de Negócios
«Troika approves lowering TSU for businesses», reveals financial newspaper Jornal de Negócios, as the new measures that aim to replace the government’s ill-received proposed changes to the Single Social Tax, or TSU, were approved last Friday by the so-called troika. According to the paper, the new measures, which have not been discussed with the opposition and social partners, are to be fine-tuned at this Thursday’s Cabinet Meeting and included in the 2013 state budget.
«Benfica doesn’t fear the stars», writes A Bola, as manager Jorge Jesus says he respects Barça as an adversary but does not fear the Catalan side, ahead of tonight’s match for the UEFA Champions League.
«Anti Barça plan», reports Record, claiming Benfica will need all the magic it can get to defeat Barcelona in this Tuesday’s decisive match in the Champions League.
«Jackson had been followed for 3 years», writes O Jogo, as the FC Porto coach Vítor Pereira reveals how the signing of the Colombian striker was a well studied affair.