President of the Republic says that there is a “tradition of dependence on the State” in Portugal – O Jornal Económico
The President of the Republic considers, this Monday, that there is a “tradition of dependence on the State” in Portugal when he commented on the evolution of the country in recent years.
“We have this tradition, which is a tradition of dependence on the State, we have a very divided society in terms of inequalities, we have 2 million and 200 thousand poor people, some more at risk of poverty. This has forced an intervention that is perfectly perceived by social policies to attenuate these inequalities”, underlined the Head of State, admitting that it is “necessary to go further” in the development of Portugal in the different sectors.
According to Marcelo’s statements to “TVI”, “now we have a traditionally weak civil society”. “Because the problem is the following: it doesn’t ignore that there is immense merit that they are innovating and changing because the tradition was of a civil society that complained about the State, but it was running to ask for the subsidy from the State”, he added.
Despite the tradition, Marcelo argues that “there are beginning to be people who don’t think like that, who don’t, who act differently” and cited “those young people who launched unicorns from nothing or almost from nothing”.
“We found companies, small, medium and large companies that are looking to the future and innovating. We found the digital in which we are in a leadership position”, praised the Head of State.
As for his greatest ambition until the end of this second and last term, Marcelo confessed that he wants: “We strengthen our position in the world as a bridge that we are and with the international prestige that we have”.
For Portugal to reach this level, according to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, is to “grow more”. “We have to have fewer inequalities, for that we have to be better educated, for that we have to be able to make compromises. The richest societies make a commitment”, he said.