LISBON, May 25 (Xinhua) – Portugal on Tuesday received more than 2.44 billion euros ($ 2.966 billion) from the European Union’s (EU) SURE program, a temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in the event of unemployment. emergency after COVID-19 outbreak.
This is the second payment of this solidarity mechanism. Portugal had received the first tranche of 3 billion euros in December 2020.
In total, the Portuguese will receive 5.9 billion euros from SURE out of a total of 14,137 million euros distributed by the European Commission among 12 EU member states.
According to the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, these amounts are loans to help countries “cover costs directly related to funding” of measures taken to keep workers on reduced working hours or redundancies during the pandemic.
Last week, the Portuguese government announced new measures to encourage the “normalization of business activity”, as well as support for micro-enterprises with the aim of “maintaining jobs”. (1 euro = 1.23 US dollars)