It will be good news for artists, from “one of the areas most affected by the pandemic” (in the words of António Costa), but it could be somewhat confusing for so many others. A kind of summer dance. By parts: after meeting with the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities (ANMP), the Prime Minister announced the creation of a € 30 million line for cultural programming for municipalities. The smaller parties that punctuate the traditional Portuguese summer and that Costa wants added to “the tourist offer”. And here, there are even “open air musical shows”. But Costa stressed that “festivals are not possible”.
There they will have to be concerts with the proper social distance between the participants and, who knows, the spaces delimited on the floor – as we have seen in some solutions found by municipalities in public spaces -, but that can even be a test for the future. And from here the PCP can even get ideas, at a time when it has not yet decided what it will do with the traditional Festa do Avante !.
For now, more details of the support or specific initiatives for which they are intended are not yet known, but the “Musical performances either outdoors or in a covered space”, were two of the options pointed out by António Costa in Coimbra, at the end of the meeting with the ANMP, as a complement to give to the Portuguese who this year are advised to take a vacation “inside” and to leave their trips abroad for later: “go everyone to have the opportunity to get to know our country better, not only with sun and beach ”.
António Costa also noted that these 30 million euros will be used to “the municipalities can organize a set of activities that allow one of the sectors most hard hit by this crisis to find a space for resuscitation”.
The meeting also served to analyze “how it is possible to accelerate the execution of 1.500 million euros” that are yet to be executed from community funds and also how to apply the 300 million euros that can be obtained from the reprogramming of existing community funds, he said. António Costa.
It cannot be said that it is the most surprising news of the day, since the Minister of Education has already addressed the hypothesis several times, but António Costa clarified that every effort is being made so that no student is left out at any time in the next school year due to lack of access to information technology or technology.
“The effort to have schools prepared to ensure an academic year that in many moments it can take place at a distance, but we have to guarantee until then that no child will be harmed in his learning process depending on the region where he lives or the economic conditions of his family “, said the Prime Minister adding that the work has to be done” in coordination with the municipalities ” .
Also with regard to “public procurement and licensing” there will be changes, with a ‘Simplex SOS’ with the objective of increasing “the efficiency and capacity of execution of the resources that are available and that are urgent to activate” so that the “ economy, employment and income of the Portuguese are as little affected as possible with this pandemic crisis ”.