MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
The Government has approved, by electronic means, a resolution of the Council of Ministers ‘recognizing the need to proceed with the civil requisition of striking drivers with a view to ensuring compliance with the minimum services set in due course’.
At a press conference at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, in Lisbon, the Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Tiago Antunes, said that the resolution would be complemented by two ordinances: “One will concretize civil requisition only in the areas and services where, to date, non-compliance with minimum services has been identified; the other will establish the terms in which the intervention of the Armed Forces in the scope of this civil requisition takes effect.
Tiago Antunes pointed out that the breach of minimum services has so far been found to be ‘supplying the southern part of the country from Sines, supplying REPA, supplying airports and supplying autonomous natural gas units’. ‘This civil requisition shall be such as to ensure the fulfillment of unavoidable social needs in the distribution of fuels’ once the minimum services have been breached’, statement from the Council of Ministers.
The Secretary of State added that the Government will act “proportionally and as necessary whenever necessary to ensure the normal functioning of the basic services deemed essential”.
Tiago Antunes also clarified that the civil requisition will be applied in a logic of proportionality. “For now, the civil requisition is mobilized to the areas where the non-compliance is found,” he added.
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