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“There is no neutrality in the defence of fundamental rights”

June 30, 2021

The Portuguese government has claimed a “duty of neutrality” for refusing to subscribe a joint letter to the European Commission, signed by 17 Member States, condemning the recently approved Hungarian law which is discriminatory against LGBTI+ people. Fabíola Cardoso, MP for Left Bloc, stresses that "Portugal needs to quickly reverse its position.”

data bank

Left Bloc MEPs question the European Commission about a major personal data leak to Google

June 30, 2021

Marisa Matias and José Gusmão, MEPs for Left Bloc, have questioned the European Commission after being reported that the main websites of the Portuguese National Health Service (SNS) and other public services are providing data from citizens for the commercial exploitation of Google and other advertising companies.

Glovo worker

Left Bloc wants to regulate work done through digital platforms

June 30, 2021

Catarina Martins, Left Bloc coordinator, and José Soeiro, MP for Left Bloc, presented a proposal that aims to regulate work done through digital platforms: employment contracts, penalties for non-compliant platforms and clarification of the algorithm are the main proposals.

Gaza

“The world cannot close its eyes and be complicit with Israel’s criminal policy”

June 30, 2021

Catarina Martins, Left Bloc coordinator, stated that the Portuguese government must have “a strong position condemning Israel’s attacks” and, while holding the presidency of Council of the European Union, take the necessary measures so that immediate sanctions are applied, in order to stop what is happening in the Gaza Strip.

Note on Peruvian elections

June 14, 2021

The victory of teacher and trade unionist Pedro Castillo in the Peruvian presidential election puts a brake on the specter of the corrupt and authoritarian right led by candidate Keiko Fujimori.

"Freedom is to live without precarity"

A counter-summit of resistance, challenge and solidarity

April 23, 2021

Bloco de Esquerda promotes a Social Counter-Summit on the 6th and 7th of May, in the city of Porto, joining those who refuse to face this reality with the fatalism of the complacent and who have contributed to networks of resistance and solidarity against the crisis.

Left Bloc defends the waiving of patents on vaccines against Covid-19

April 7, 2021

Left Bloc presented a draft resolution in the Portuguese Parliament for the government to defend the waiver in the European Union and for the vaccine to be treated as “a public good with universal access”.

Social Summit 2021: to be social or not to be…

April 7, 2021

Marisa Matias and José Gusmão, MEPs for Left Bloc, are critical of the European Commission’s "unambitious" policies on social rights and of the follow-my-leader stance of the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council.

You are not welcome, Modi!

April 7, 2021

With the European Union-India summit soon to be held in the city of Porto, Left Bloc expresses its solidarity with the Indian population oppressed by Narendra Modi’s divisive and persecutory policies.

Cabo Delgado: the EU has not assumed its responsibility

April 7, 2021

Marisa Matias, MEP for Left Bloc, stresses that “perhaps the States would be freer to act” if there were no multinationals in the province of Cabo Delgado which dedicate themselves “to the extraction of natural resources in an absolutely predatory way”.

Social support is a crucial element of social justice

April 7, 2021

Catarina Martins, national coordinator of Left Bloc, highlighted that “once enacted, the laws on social support have to be applied”, besides guaranteeing “the support that has been legislated is already in force and it is important to ensure these benefits reach the people needing them”.

Catarina Martins, photo by Ana Mendes

Beyond fear

April 5, 2021

“The left must assert that the response to the climate crisis, as well as the response to the pandemic crisis, requires European and international collaboration. What is clear is that the European treaties are the first obstacle to such cooperation”, writes Catarina Martins, Bloco de Esquerda’s Coordinator, in “Quistioni” the new magazine of the European Left.

Decriminalisation of assisted death, a long struggle of Left Bloc, is approved in the Portuguese Parliament

February 19, 2021

“With the vote that has just been taken, the Portuguese Parliament added dignity and respect to our democracy,” declared MP José Manuel Pureza. The bill was approved with 136 votes in favour of the Left Bloc, PAN, PEV, part of the PS and PSD, IL, and non-registered MPs.

The pandemic crisis cannot be an excuse for the lack of social support; it must be its biggest motivation

February 19, 2021

After a year of having to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, we can safely acknowledge that social support in Portugal has been clearly insufficient.

The Portuguese Presidential Elections are marked by the pandemic crisis and the aggressiveness of the ultra-right

February 19, 2021

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa surpassed the 50% barrier, which allows him to be re-elected on the first round. Marisa Matias, Left Bloc’s candidate for the presidential election, obtained 3.95% of the votes.

Left Bloc defends that all installed capacity in health services should be used, including in the private sector

February 19, 2021

Moisés Ferreira, Left Bloc’s MP, underlined that the Portuguese legislation enables health authorities to request the services they want, especially amid a pandemic crisis

Political Resolution of the National Bureau of the Left Bloc

February 3, 2021

The National Bureau of the Left Bloc met on 30th January 2021, one week after the presidencial election.

Chile for democracy against repression

January 11, 2021

Statement of the International Department of Bloco de Esquerda on the situation in Chile.

Marisa Matias is a candidate for the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic – a candidacy against fear

October 27, 2020

This will be the 2nd time Marisa Matias will run for President of the Republic, having obtained 10.12% of the votes in the 2016 presidential elections.

2021 Portuguese State Budget: Bloco de Esquerda will vote against the document

October 27, 2020

Catarina Martins, Bloco de Esquerda’s Coordinator, said that Bloco de Esquerda has defined four priorities in response to the crisis in the 2021 State Budget’s debate, which have not been accommodated by the Socialist Party Government.

The European Council agreement “falls short of what is necessary”

July 27, 2020

Bloco de Esquerda considers that the agreement reached by the European Council “falls short of what was announced and of what is necessary”, said Catarina Martins, Bloco de Esquerda’s coordinator.

Statement by Bloco de Esquerda on the socio-political situation in Latin America and the Caribbean

July 27, 2020

Bloco de Esquerda, in its humanitarian, democratic and socialist spirit, expresses solidarity with all Latin American peoples and all countries in crisis. We contend that humanitarian and health aid should be brought to all populations in need.

Marisa Matias and José Gusmão questioned the European Ombudswoman about the recent contract that the European Commission signed with BlackRock

June 24, 2020

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.

Bloco de Esquerda wants more guarantees in the Supplementary Budget

June 24, 2020

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.

Bloco de Esquerda proposes a temporary and extraordinary unemployment benefit

June 24, 2020

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.