Thursday, 11 October: Daily newspaper Público reports that current Deputy Minister Miguel Relvas, when serving as secretary of state for local administration in 2004, could have favoured the firm managed by Passos Coelho before he became prime minister, as it was awarded the monopoly to oversee the training of municipal employees in regional airfields in the Centre region.
«The IMI bomb», is the lead story in this week’s Visão, warning readers their municipal property tax (IMI) could rise eightyfold. The newsmagazine says the effects of the government’s proposal to increase the tax could be devastating in a country where 75% of families bought their own homes in the last 30 years.
«Goldman Sachs: The power the bank that rules the world has in Portugal», is the cover story in this week’s Sábado, as the newsmagazine reveals all the connections and strategies of the bank which is accused of having caused the crisis in Europe and has several former workers in key positions in the Portuguese government, such as António Borges, senior consultant for privatisations, and Carlos Moedas, in charge of the government’s relations with the troika.
«Relvas helped Passos’ company gain monopoly of training for airfields», reports Público, as in 2004 Tecnoforma, the company Pedro Passos Coelho managed before becoming prime minister, was awarded several contracts to oversee the training of municipal employees in charge of regional airfields in the Centre region. According to the daily, current Deputy Minister Miguel Relvas, who was secretary of state for local administration at the time, is suspected of having favoured the company, as its bids in the other regions of the country were all rejected for not following the legal requirements.
Correio da Manhã
«200,000 will not be penalised by pension age hike», writes Correio da Manhã, as the government introduced several exceptions to its proposal to raise the age of retirement in the public sector to 65, as the armed forces, police and teachers will still be allowed to apply for their pensions earlier.
Diário de Notícias
«Miguel Macedo sacks National Command of Civil Protection», discloses Diário de Notícias, as the minister of internal administration decided to replace the board of Portugal’s Civil Protection service after having read the report on the contentious wildfire that blazed in Tavira, the Algarve, which confirmed several serious shortcomings in its response.
Jornal de Notícias
«Pensioners lose up to €70 a month», writes Jornal de Notícias, as the government announced it will return one of the two bonuses it suspended from public sector pensioners last year.
The daily also reveals that the Socialist Party’s parliamentary group renovated its official car fleet paying a total of €210,000 for four new cars with funds from parliament’s budget.
«Depression in the government», reports i, revealing there are ministers in the centre-right PSD/CDS-PP coalition government that no longer believe in Minister of Finance Vítor Gaspar’s prescription for the crisis.
«Exports to Angola and Brazil reached historic level in August», reports financial daily Diário Económico, at a time Portuguese businesses are seeking opportunities in countries less affected by the crisis, with export levels to countries outside the EU increasing 37.3%. The main markets are Brazil and Angola.
Jornal de Negócios
«Álvaro is the thriftiest minister in the government», discloses financial newspaper Jornal de Negócios, as Minister of the Economy Álvaro Santos Pereira has been able to cut down the most in spending so far.
«Glory, love and drama», writes A Bola, reporting on Portuguese international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Moscow for the national squad’s match against Russia, a city which saw him win the Champions League.
«Sá Pinto asks Sporting to remain calm», reports Record, as the recently removed manager of the Lisbon team says they need serenity.
«Atsu could become huge», writes O Jogo, as FC Porto’s Muntari speaks of his teammate’s potential.