Portugal

Portugal provided São Tomé and Príncipe with €15 million in direct support towards the country’s budget in order to “meet immediate needs,” announced minister of foreign affairs João Gomes Cravinho last Friday, the Portugal Resident reported. The funding was done through the Camões cooperation and language institute. “This amount of €15 million is to meet immediate cash-flow needs.

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The Bam Bam Beach Bitcoin bar, on an uncrowded beach in southwestern Portugal, is a bar and community of about 150 crypto supporters around the town of Lagos that are a bubble of optimism amid what has become known as the “crypto winter,” the New York Times reported. This summer, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether melted down, and crypto companies like the experimental bank Celsius Network declared bankruptcy as fears over the global economy yanked down values of the risky assets. Thousands of investors were hurt by the crash.
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The impact of a euro-zone interest-rate hike would be quickly felt by Portuguese companies and families, according to the country’s central bank governor, Bloomberg News reported. “The structure of credit in Portugal is dominated by variable interest rates, so transmission of interest rates to funding costs, both for households and firms, will be very fast,” Mario Centeno, a member of the European Central Bank’s Governing Council, said in an interview in Lisbon on Monday. “So we need to be prepared for that.” Centeno also said that Portugal has a “very low” exposure to Russia.
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Portugal will allow students to return to school from this week and nightclubs to reopen on Jan. 14 despite a record surge in COVID-19 cases, with hospital admissions still well below levels seen earlier in the pandemic, Reuters reported. "It is evident that the Omicron variant is less severe ... vaccination has been effective against it," Prime Minister Antonio Costa told a news conference, referring to the fast-spreading variant that emerged in late 2021.
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Dielmar, a clothing company based in Alcains, in Portugal’s Castelo Branco district, with about 300 employees, has filed for insolvency after 56 years of the business, in a move that its board said was made necessary by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Macau Business reported. In a statement, the board states that “after having overcome several crises over 56 years” the company succumbed to the pandemic, as a result of “a set of situations that were lethal” for its business.
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TAP Air Portugal has filed an application in the Commercial Courts of Lisbon for the liquidation of its groundhandling company, Serviços Portugueses de Handling, S.A. (SPdH), also known by its trademark Groundforce Portugal, CH-Aviation.com reported. The airline is a creditor of Groundforce, which to date has provided ground-handling services to TAP at Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal, and Porto Santo. At the end of April, Groundforce’s board of directors approved the cancellation of its groundhandling contract with TAP, alleging that the contract, as it was structured, had been unviable.
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TAP Air Portugal has filed an application in the Commercial Courts of Lisbon for the liquidation of its groundhandling company, Serviços Portugueses de Handling, S.A. (SPdH), also known by its trademark Groundforce Portugal, CH-Aviation.com reported. The airline is a creditor of Groundforce, which to date has provided ground-handling services to TAP at Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal, and Porto Santo. At the end of April, Groundforce’s board of directors approved the cancellation of its groundhandling contract with TAP, alleging that the contract, as it was structured, had been unviable.
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Bond sales by two of Europe’s most indebted nations have been inundated by demand as an economic recovery begins to lift yields from historically low levels, Bloomberg News reported. Italy received more than 64 billion euros ($76 billion) of bids for its first new 50-year bond in almost five years via banks on Wednesday. That’s more than three times the previous record. The nation is also selling debt maturing in 2028. Meanwhile, Portugal is bringing to market a 10-year security, racking up more than 30 billion euros of orders from investors.
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Asked how much more the Portuguese government expects to spend on TAP this year, Joao Leao told Sunday’s Jornal de Negocios: “That is still being analysed,” Reuters reported. “The situation of TAP is very demanding ... that amount may have to be reconsidered because at the moment the pandemic is having a much stronger impact than expected,” Leao said. In December, a government plan to rescue TAP proposed 2,000 job cuts by 2022 and pay cuts of up to 25%, while the airline would need around 2 billion euros in extra funds with state guarantees to cover its financing needs until 2024.

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Portugal is confident the European Commission will approve its plan to rescue ailing flag carrier TAP, Finance Minister Joao Leao said in an interview, adding that he expected that green light by the end of March, Reuters reported. The government unveiled its overhaul plan last month, proposing 2,000 job cuts by 2022 and pay cuts of up to 25%, while saying the airline would need around 2 billion euros ($2.46 billion) in extra funds with state guarantees to cover financing needs until 2024.

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