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      12 The Portugal News • 4 Jul 2020                               Business


      Event companies calling for support                                                                          “TAP is too


                                                                                                                   important for the
      The recently created Portuguese Association of Technical Services for Events (APSTE) has
      asked for state support for the industry to be adjusted to the reality of the sector in the face             country”
      of the Covid-19 pandemic.                                                                                    The Minister of Infrastructure has
                                                                                                                   The Minister of Infrastructure has
                                                                                                                   The Minister of Infrastructure has
                                                                                                                   The Minister of Infrastructure has
                                                                                                                   The Minister of Infrastructure has
                                                             not recognise the sector”,  announced by the Government  said that TAP is “too important” for
                                                                                                                   said that TAP is “too important” for
                                                                                                                   said that TAP is “too important” for
                                                                                                                   said that TAP is “too important” for
                                                                                                                   said that TAP is “too important” for
                                                             which does not yet have, for  to support the resumption of  the country to let it “collapse”, after
                                                                                                                   the country to let it “collapse”, after
                                                                                                                   the country to let it “collapse”, after
                                                                                                                   the country to let it “collapse”, after
                                                                                                                   the country to let it “collapse”, after
                                                             example, its own economic  economic activity, in the context
                                                                                                                   being questioned about a possible
                                                                                                                   being questioned about a possible
                                                                                                                   being questioned about a possible
                                                                                                                   being questioned about a possible
                                                             activity code (CAE).       of Covid-19, “are not the best for  being questioned about a possible
                                                                                                                   lack of agreement between
                                                                                                                   lack of agreement between
                                                                                                                   lack of agreement between
                                                             Since its creation, about three  the sector”.         lack of agreement between
                                                                                                                   lack of agreement between
                                                             weeks ago, the new         “We don’t want incentives to not  shareholders and the option for
                                                                                                                   shareholders and the option for
                                                                                                                   shareholders and the option for
                                                                                                                   shareholders and the option for
                                                                                                                   shareholders and the option for
                                                             organisation has already   work,” he stressed.
                                                                                                                   nationalisation of the company.
                                                                                                                   nationalisation of the company.
                                                                                                                   nationalisation of the company.
                                                                                                                   nationalisation of the company.
                                                             represented 170 members,   After the first governing bodies  nationalisation of the company.
                                                             which is equivalent to “less  took office, the association  “TAP is too important for the country to let
                                                             than 50 percent of companies  wrote to the Government,  it collapse,” said Minister of Infrastructure
                                                             in the sector” and whose last  requesting hearings from the  and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, after
                                                             annual turnover totalled €140  Deputy Minister of Economy,  being questioned by PSD Deputy Cristóvão
                                                             million, he said.          Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of  Norte about news published in newspaper
                                                             The Portuguese Association of  Culture, Graça Fonseca, and  Expresso, which says that TAP it will be
                                                             Technical Services for Events  Secretary of State for Tourism,  nationalised due to a lack of agreement
                                                             announced its proposals for the  Rita Marques.        between the State and private
                                                             revitalisation of the sector, in a  “We are waiting for someone  shareholders.
                                                             session in which also the  to tell us something, we would  Before that, the government minister
                                                             speaker of the local Chamber,  like to be heard,” said Pedro  waived the initial intervention in the
                                                             Almeida Henriques, the     Magalhães.                 Economy, Innovation, Public Works and
                                                             councillor for Culture, Heritage  The president of APSTE  Housing commission.
                                                             and Tourism, Jorge Sobrado  stressed that the group of  “When we are talking about TAP we have
      Pedro Abrunhosa took part in the meeting to announce
      Pedro Abrunhosa took part in the meeting to announce
      Pedro Abrunhosa took part in the meeting to announce
      Pedro Abrunhosa took part in the meeting to announce
      Pedro Abrunhosa took part in the meeting to announce   and musician Pedro         companies operating in the  to realise that we cannot be limited to the
      proposals intended to revitalise the events industry in Portugal.
      proposals intended to revitalise the events industry in Portugal.
      proposals intended to revitalise the events industry in Portugal.  Abrunhosa took part.  area of technical services for  result of TAP as a company, because we
      proposals intended to revitalise the events industry in Portugal.
      proposals intended to revitalise the events industry in Portugal.
                                                             “Without us, artists don’t sing.  events currently accounts for  are talking about an airline that is one of the
           We need measures that  of APSTE’s management,     We get politicians to talk and  1,400 employees, in addition  largest national carriers. [...] Almost 90
           take into account the  told Lusa.                 help in their election to a certain  to securing seasonal  percent of our tourists arrive by air, half
           new reality of our     The businessman recalled   extent”, exemplified Pedro  employment for over 4,400  arrive via TAP. [...] It is an instrument of
      “companies,” Pedro          that “the ‘lay-off’ will end” and  Magalhães, speaking to Lusa.  people with different  national development and of job
      Magalhães, president        that government entities “do  In his opinion, the measures  employment status.   promotion”, he added.
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