On 13 June 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, held a joint press briefing following their meeting. They discussed the economic and social issues and then progress being made by Portugal.
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||Joint arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, at the press conference
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in PORTUGUESE) saying that he would like to say that they are very much aware of the economic and social difficulties that Portugal is going trough; They know very difficult cases which are the outcome of the situation in Portugal from unemployment to problems of companies and SME's in particular.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in PORTUGUESE) saying that the program is to include 90.000 young people, 40.500 SME's with a total amount of structural funds of some 344 million Euros. It is in a starting point but it will bear fruits.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in PORTUGUESE) saying that good news also is that the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the Portuguese authorities have come to an agreement to have lending made available to Portuguese SME's. From a technical point of view, the agreement has been made and the program can be carried out swiftly because they know this is one of the crucial problems for the Portuguese economy.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in PORTUGUESE) saying that Portugal needs Europe but Europe also needs Portugal. Europe needs a country which was at the heart and at the start of globalization; The EU success will depend also on an active participation of Portugal, not only Portugal which is worried about its own problems but Portugal that contributes with its own solutions for the EU; Europe is not a foreign power in our countries.
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||Soundbite by Aníbal Cavaco Silva (in PORTUGUESE) saying that the European Commission has in the last 2 years recognized the efforts that have been made in Portugal to correct the budgetary imbalances and to make public debt sustainable in order for them to improve the competitiveness of the Portuguese economy to proceed with structural reforms.
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||Soundbite by Aníbal Cavaco Silva (in PORTUGUESE) saying that they hope to continue to benefit this excellent relationship they have with the European Commission; so, that they can overcome the challenges that they still face in the adjustment program applied to Portugal. First, they have to promote economic growth and they have to create jobs; they also have to create the conditions to get back on the financial market in order to finance the economy.
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||Soundbite by Aníbal Cavaco Silva (in PORTUGUESE) saying that in order to re-launch the Portuguese economy and to better finance companies they must, as soon as possible, make use of the structural funds including the use of programs available now and those that will be available in the future to fight unemployment and especially youth unemployment.
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||Soundbite by Aníbal Cavaco Silva (in PORTUGUESE) saying that they need the support of European institutions and the help of their European partners. Concerning maturity of loans, they have been able to have recourse to the stability mechanism whish has been important but he also feels that the European Central Bank help them in guaranteeing that Portugal is able to operate on the secondary debt market.
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