This expectation of António Costa on the evolution of the
Portuguese economy over the next year was conveyed at the end of another
session of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) in Motion, this one dedicated
to the Social Security digitisation programme.
After noting that Portugal was in 2022 the second country in
the European Union with the highest growth and that unemployment is “at
historic lows”, the leader of the executive concluded that the Portuguese
economy “managed to resist” last year, despite the inflationary tension.
“There are good indicators for 2023. It won't be our dream
year, but it won't be a nightmare year either. We will be able to live with
confidence. Fortunately, the signs are good”, declared the prime minister.
Still, on the economic and financial expectations for next
year, the Prime Minister alluded to the external environment saying that
“Germany has announced that it will not be in recession this
year. And not having a recession in Germany means that we will all be much
better off”, he justified.
According to the Prime Minister, “with the current trend of
decelerating inflation, economic expectations may be good”.
“This is fundamental, because one of the successes in Social
Security, in the ability to respond to families and companies, has been the
high levels of employment and the improvement in income that have allowed a
sustained growth in Social Security revenues”, he added.