20 January 2022

Most media attention is on PCP claims the PS may be forced to agree to another geringonça. The decision of Rui Rio and André Ventura not to attend a leaders debate this morning and the decision to allow self-isolating voters to vote in person on election day are also covered.

Lusa and Expresso quote interim Communist Party (PCP) leader, João Oliveira, pictured, attacking the PS for “maintaining the worst of its tradition”, by rejecting a geringonça. He adds that his door remains open to an understanding with PM Costa, saying, “What the PS wants is one thing, what the people decide is another”. Responding to opposition accusations, RTP and CNN Portugal cite PM Costa rejecting claims he is relying on PAN or any other party to form a stable majority, saying he wants to be dependent only on the Portuguese people because the PS will never compromise on its “essential values”. DN reports PM Costa’s anger with the PCP and Left Bloc (BE), stating he will not forgive those who “cut the legs out from under” his government in the “absolutely unforgivable” act of rejecting his budget.

Público and DN note the decision of PSD leader Rui Rio and Chega!’s André Ventura not to take part in this morning’s (Thursday) leaders debate. Público adds that at a PSD rally in Viseu, Rio dismissed the possibility of Ventura becoming his Deputy Prime Minister.

The CNN Portugal daily tracking poll shows that the gap between the PS and PSD is narrowing, with PM Costa’s party down 1.1% to 38.7 while the PSD remain on 30.4%. The poll has Chega! in third place on 7%.

RTP reports the announcement by IM Francisca Van Dunem that voters who are self-isolating will be able to vote in person between 6pm and 7pm on 30 January.

Dinheiro Vivo notes that economists from the Catholic University of Lisbon have improved their projection for growth of the Portuguese economy in 2021 by 0.6 percentage points to 4.3%, and that they project the same level of growth in 2022.

Negócios and Expresso carry a report saying EDP Renováveis produced 30.3 terawatts per hour (TWh) of clean energy last year, an increase of 6% compared to 2020. Installed capacity at the end of 2021 amounted to 13,580 megawatts (MW), 1,411 MW more than the previous year. The vast majority of EDP Renováveis’ capacity is still onshore wind (92%), complemented by solar plants (6%) and offshore wind (2%).

Dinheiro Vivo has a report from Eurostat that claims Portugal has the fifth-highest share of energy consumption from renewable sources in the European Union, with 34% of the energy consumed being from renewables compared to the EU average of 22.1%.

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