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2020/06/24 - 5:56pm

Marisa Matias and José Gusmão, MEPs of Bloco de Esquerda, addressed a letter in late April to the European Ombudswoman denouncing the recent contract between the European Commission and Blackrock for the provision of advisory services for banks in the area of environmental regulation. For these MEPs, the flagrant conflict of interest was what motivated the complaint.

2020/06/24 - 5:50pm

Bloco de Esquerda presented a set of proposed amendments to the Supplementary Budget for 2020, which appears as a response to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, currently being debated in the Portuguese Parliament.

2020/06/24 - 5:47pm

This bill, which has been approved in the Portuguese Parliament, is aimed at workers who have lost income due to the pandemic and have no other forms of subsistence. The amount will be of 438.31 € per month” and the benefit will have a maximum duration of 180 days.

2020/05/18 - 11:50am

“The international community cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening, or it risks becoming a passive accomplice of this scourge”, warn the Bloco de Esquerda’s MEPs.

2020/05/18 - 11:46am

With or without a pandemic, having a strong National Health Service is essential, but the current health emergency has stressed the importance of having a strong and sustainable public health service.

2020/04/21 - 7:39pm

The decisions taken by the Eurogroup were limited to a package of debt instruments, some of which are the result of initiatives already known to the Commission, in addition to the use of the European Stability Mechanism. This mechanism currently practices a higher interest rate (0.76) than that of the most recent emission made by the Portuguese State of seven-year Treasury bonds.

2020/04/21 - 7:29pm

The health crisis emerging from the Covid-19 outbreak has and will have a strong impact in several realms of society, from the economy, to the labour market and social protection, among others. In Portugal, the first case of infection was detected on March 2nd and since March 19th the country has been under a State of Emergency.

2020/04/01 - 2:39pm

This measure results in a temporary residence permit and avoids crowding of the public at the SEF (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – Immigration and Borders Service)  during the pandemic. Beatriz Dias, Bloco’s MP, welcomes the decision that guarantees access to social benefits for many "migrant people who work and contribute to social security revenues".

2020/03/25 - 8:09pm

The response to the pandemic crisis requires both health measures as well as economic and social protection measures.

Catarina Martins
2020/03/20 - 6:21pm

Speech by Catarina Martins in the March 18th parliamentary debate on declaring the State of Emergency in Portugal due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

2020/01/31 - 6:08pm

Catarina Martins, in a press conference held on January 9, clarified that the negotiation “took place in difficult conditions”, adding that there are “still open questions” but several others are “guaranteed” and written on paper.

2020/01/31 - 6:03pm

Bloco de Esquerda strongly condemns this military aggression and the war campaign against the peoples of Iran and Iraq and associates with all initiatives and voices seeking to silence the drums of war.

2020/01/31 - 5:56pm

The 16-year-old Swedish activist arrived in Lisbon on December 3, 2019, where she stayed for a few days before leaving for the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25). Catarina Martins, the national coordinator of Bloco de Esquerda, went to Madrid, to participate in several demonstrations of the counter-summit for climate change.

2020/01/31 - 5:51pm

Irish unity will need time do properly plan and debate, but that respectful discussion is already under way in Ireland - north and south.

2020/01/14 - 4:20pm

Speech by Catarina Martins at the 6th Party Congress of the Party of the European Left, December, 2019

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