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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".

Covid-19: Bloco de Esquerda's Political Commitee Resolution

March 25, 2020

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

Catarina Martins

"The State of Emergency can’t serve to suspend democracy or essential rights"

March 20, 2020

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.

Bloco gives a chance to the Socialist Party in the Portuguese State Budget for 2020

January 31, 2020

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.

US – Iran Tension

January 31, 2020

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.

“We will not stop”, warned Greta Thunberg on a visit to Lisbon

January 31, 2020

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.

Statement - Irish Unity - Sinn Féin North of Ireland

January 31, 2020

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

The Determination to Tackle Climate Change Ends Where the Big Profits Begin

January 14, 2020

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

Bloco de Esquerda stands as the third political force after the 2019 Portuguese Legislative Election

October 25, 2019

Bloco de Esquerda consolidated its position as the third political force in Portugal, maintaining the 19 MPs it had elected in 2015, with 10,01% and 500,017 of the votes, on an election in which the Socialist Party (PS) won the legislative elections without achieving an absolute majority (36,34% of the votes, electing 108 MPs).

Bloco de Esquerda condemns repression in Catalonia and demands the release of the political prisoners

October 25, 2019

At present times, unimaginable scenarios of human rights violations and misuse of power are developing in several places around the world. As such, although other scenarios of political and social tensions may be developed, let us focus on the present circumstances taking place in Catalonia.

Bloco de Esquerda more than doubles its vote on the 2019 European elections

July 5, 2019

In the European elections of 2019, Bloco de Esquerda affirms itself as the third most voted political force, doubling the number of seats (electing Marisa Matias and José Gusmão) and going from 4.56% to 10.56%.

There is no Planet B – not one degree more, nor one species less

July 5, 2019

It must be stressed that the demand of fighting climate change has been on Bloco de Esquerda’s political agenda for a long time, both at the European and national levels, expressed by different voices within the party.

Curso Direito do Trabalho e Lutas Laborais, Cultra, 2019. Imagem: Cultra.

Direito do trabalho e lutas laborais em debate no Porto

June 29, 2019

O trabalho e suas lutas estão em debate este fim de semana  num curso livre promovido pela Cultra no Porto, em parceria com 15 organizações de trabalhadores. Até final de Domingo, serão 12 sessões sobre os mais variados temas.


Work with rights! Not slavery!

Employment for all: fighting back against precariousness and for social rights in Europe

May 1, 2019

A message for May Day signed by Ali Esbati (MP from Vänsterpartiet, Sweden); Idoia Villanueva (senator and candidate to the European Parliament, Unidas Podemos, Spain); José Gusmão (candidate to the European Parliament, Bloco de Esquerda, Portugal); Leila Chaibi (candidate to the European Parliament, La France Insoumise, France); Nikolaj Villumsen (MP and candidate to the European Parliament, the Red-Green Alliance, Denmark). 

"Neither Maduro nor Guaidó"

March 1, 2019

The parliamentary leader of Bloco, Pedro Filipe Soares, mentioned that “the Venezuelan people’s desire to be able to freely and sovereignly decide their future is an aspiration we subscribe”.