“I believe that we will be able to, I would say next year,
have this decision. I have had contacts with the new leader of the PSD, I think
we will not be very far from being able to settle on a methodology for carrying
out the strategic environmental assessment that is necessary among the
different possible solutions”, said António Costa.
The prime minister was speaking in an interview with TVI/CNN
Portugal conducted by journalists José Alberto de Carvalho and Pedro Santos
Asked whether new locations will be studied in addition to
some of those that are already known, the prime minister said he did not want
to disturb the dialogue with the leader of the PSD, Luís Montenegro, which has
been taking place “in a serene manner”.
Faced with the insistence of the question, Costa replied
that a strategic environmental assessment will be carried out on the
alternatives that both he and Montenegro understand should be subject to this
“And after the strategic environmental assessment is
concluded, a final decision will be taken”, he stressed.
Costa highlighted that he has insisted since 2015 that
“large public works projects must receive the support of at least two-thirds of
the parties represented in the Assembly of the Republic”, since they are works
to be carried out for decades.