MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, accepted the proposal of the Prime Minister designate, António Costa, for the members of the XXII Constitutional Government.
In addition to Prime Minister António Costa, the Government will have the following members:
Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition – Pedro Siza Vieira (formerly Deputy Minister of Economy) Minister of State and Foreign Affairs – Augusto Santos Silva (formerly Minister of Foreign Affairs) Minister of State and Presidency – Mariana Vieira da Silva (was Minister of the Presidency and Administrative Modernization) Minister of State and Finance – Mário Centeno (was Minister of Finance) Minister of National Defense – João Gomes Cravinho (continues in the same role) Minister of Internal Affairs – Eduardo Cabrita (continues in same function) Minister of Justice – Francisca Van Dunen (still in the same role) Minister of State Modernization and Public Administration – Alexandra Leitão (formerly Assistant Secretary of State and Education) Minister of Planning – Nelson Souza (still in the same role) Minister of Culture – Graça Fonseca (still in the same position) Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education – Ma nuel Heitor (still in the same role) Minister of Education – Tiago Brandão Rodrigues (still in the same role) Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security – Ana Mendes Godinho (was Secretary of State for Tourism) Minister of Health – Marta Temido (continues in Minister of Environment and Climate Action – João Pedro Matos Fernandes (was Minister of Environment and Energy Transition) Minister of Infrastructure and Housing – Pedro Nuno Santos (still in the same role) Minister of Territorial Cohesion – Ana Abrunhosa Minister of Agriculture – Maria do Céu Albuquerque (former Secretary of State for Regional Development) Minister of the Sea – Ricardo Serrão Santos
The following Secretaries of State were also appointed
Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs – Duarte Cordeiro (formerly Assistant Secretary of State and Parliamentary Affairs) Deputy Secretary of State for the Prime Minister – Tiago Antunes (formerly Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers) Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – André Moz Caldas
Features of the new government
The new Government is a cohesive, stable Government with technical and political competence and more equal:
There is a strengthening of the Government’s central nucleus: with four Ministers of State, Pedro Siza Vieira, Augusto Santos Silva, Mariana Vieira da Silva and Mario Centeno, which will allow the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to fully ensure the conduct of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union.
There is greater gender parity with 8 women as ministers and 11 ministers.
There are two cross-cutting ministries: State Modernization and Public Administration (responsible for Simplex, decentralization and human resources) and Planning, focused on completing Portugal 2020, launching the new framework and rebuilding planning and prospective analysis in the state.
There is a transversal coordination of the 4 strategic challenges of the Government program:
1 – Climate Action at the Minister of Environment and Climate Action;
2 – Demography at the Minister of State and Presidency;
3 – Inequalities in the Minister of State and the Presidency;
4 – Digital Transition in the Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition.
There is autonomy of the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion, as a manifestation of the priority to the valorization of the territory.
Forests are transferred to the environment by unifying ICNF tutelage, strengthening fire prevention and strengthening the fight against climate change.
The new government has stability: 14 ministers stay ahead of the same portfolios, with 5 new ministers.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.