Economy Secretary and number 2 in the government, Pedro Siza Vieira, said this morning that the statements in which he was quoted by The New York Times newspaper were incomplete and “skewed”.
Six days ago, this US daily published a conversation quoting Siza Vieira as saying that the Portuguese “failed to respect restrictions” during the Christmas period and that this would justify the surge in SARS-CoV-2 infections in the following weeks today , at the beginning of a regimental hearing in the economic committee in parliament, Siza Vieira was criticized and questioned by the deputy Afonso Oliveira (PSD) about these statements, and the minister guaranteed that his words were “misrepresented”.
“I had a long conversation with the New York Times journalist. He said several things that we weren’t sure about, “the government official said after the PSD MP asked if it was not the time to apologize to the Portuguese.
Siza went on to cite increased mobility, reduced testing, and greater penetration of the English variant as explanatory factors. “The last thing I would do was blame the Portuguese or lay off their own responsibility,” he concluded.
Former Novo Banco administrator at Banco do Fomento
Also at the request of the PSD, Siza Vieira turned to the Banco Português de Fomento, which has taken over the government’s publicly guaranteed bank loan programs since it was founded. Siza Vieira confirmed that the government has confirmed and “accepted” Vítor Fernandes as Chairman of the Board of Directors (Chairman).
Vítor Fernandes was previously the director of Novo Banco. In the last quarter of 2020, he left the team led by António Ramalho before the end of his term of office due to deviations, as reported by PÚBLICO.