Tuesday, 22 August 2017
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shellfishPortugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa, opened the Olhão 32nd Seafood Festival on Thursday evening, along with plenty of socialist back-up with Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, the Deputy Minister, Eduardo Cabrita and José Apolinário, the Secretary of State for Fisheries and Miguel Freitas, the Secretary of State for Forestry and Regional Development.

The idea was to bolster support for the socialist mayor, António Pina, who hopes to be re-elected on October 1st but is facing dwindling support as he attempts with increasing desperation to pull in favours and appeal to a jaded electorate.

FireGoisHeatwave Lucifer has managed to bake much of southern Europe, with Portugal especially badly hit by a series of devastating forest fires, the latest of which started on Wednesday and continues to threaten the country as the weekend approaches.

The worst fire started on Wednesday evening in the Abrantes region in central Portugal and needed 680 firemen and eight planes and helicopters to stop it spreading in the face of variable strong winds and dry conditions.

MinisterCentenoFinancePortugal Finance Minister Mario Centeno 'has not excluded the possibility' of becoming the next president of the Eurogroup following media reports that he could replace Jeroen Dijsselbloem who lost his job as finance minister in the Dutch general election in March.

The Eurogroup is made up of the 19 finance ministers from the euro area countries and currently is led by the Dutch Finance Minister who was meant to continue as its president until January 2018, until electoral disaster struck back home.

albufeirabeachThe head of Portugal’s tourist board, Luís Araújo, launched a plan in March 2017 to double the country's tourist revenue over the next ten years and said he expected an overall €26 billion economic impact by 2027.

The confirmed figures for 2016 are just in for Portugal’s tourism sector, showing the industry welcomed 21.3 million guests, a record and an increase of 11.1% over 2015.

lisbon2Spain and Italy are fighting back, as is the Isle of Skye, with concern growing that Portugal soon be in the position of having to limit tourism in its two main cities, due to overcrowding.

The fight against mass tourism in Iberia is being led by Madrid and Barcelona whose authorities have been trying to implement measures to hold back a tsunami of tourists that is catapaulting Spain into the number one spot of the world’s most popular destinations.

The union SATArepresenting cabin crews employed by Grupo SATA’s Airlines has given notice of a strike on August 23rd until August 26th, one of the busiest periods of the year.

Grupo SATA’s management has advised its passengers to change their plans to travel on these dates, confirming that there will be no charges for those moving bookings to other, non-strike, days.

grillingFishPensioners who, financially, were forced to ‘do their bit’ during Portugal’s long period of austerity are to have their pensions increased as from August 10th.

The unfreezing of pensions payable to Portugal's retirees was included in the 2017 State budget but only now is coming through, eight months into the year.

FireLeiriaSmallCarsInternal Affairs Minister, Constança Urbano de Sousa, has ordered another report and investigation into the Pedrógão Grande fire to determine "possible responsibilities" for events during the inferno in which 64 people lost their lives.

The conclusions of the audit of the SIRESP communications system, undertaken by the General Inspectorate of Internal Administration, were limited to 'highlighting the procedures that should have been followed' in the operation of the communications system.