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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.

Marisa Matias and José Gusmão urge the EU to condemn attacks on indigenous peoples in Brazil

May 18, 2020

“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.

Bloco de Esquerda presents a Manifesto for Health: If the NHS saves and protects us, then we have to invest in it

May 18, 2020

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.

Cartaz da iniciativa

Conferência Vencer a Crise ouviu profissionais de saúde sobre o reforço do SNS

April 29, 2020

O debate de terça-feira contou com a participação de sete profissionais de saúde, anotou constragimentos e lançou propostas para reforçar o Serviço Nacional de Saúde, com mais meios humanos e respeito pelas suas carreiras.

Towards a European Recovery Fund, achievable and without the threat of austerity

April 21, 2020

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.

We cannot leave anyone behind

April 21, 2020

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.

Government proceeds with the automatic regularisation of migrants and refugees with pending residency applications

April 1, 2020

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".