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Nota de Imprensa
July 17, 2024
António Ventura diz que campo de férias promovido pelo Serviço de Desenvolvimento Agrário das Flores é “exemplo a seguir”
O Secretário Regional da Agricultura e Alimentação, António Ventura enalteceu a iniciativa levada a cabo pelo Serviço de Desenvolvimento Agrário da ilha das Flores (SDA Flores), nos dias 8, 9 e 10 de julho, um campo de férias destinado às crianças entre os 6 e os 12 anos de idade, no âmbito do projeto Ciclos, uma iniciativa daquele serviço que pretende recuperar vivências de outros tempos. “Apostando na literacia agrícola de uma forma cada vez mais dinâmica e inovadora, as crianças tiveram oportunidade de experienciar diversas atividades, desde as mais tradicionais às mais atuais, participando na laboração de queijo fresco artesanal, na confeção de biscoitos caseiros e de gelados aromatizados com ervas aromáticas”, frisa o governante. Para além disso, continuou, as crianças “tiveram ainda oportunidade de degustar de um lanche com os produtos confecionados pelos próprios, onde também marcaram presença a compota produzida com tomate cultivado nos campos de experimentação do SDA Flores, o mel produzido nos apiários do SDA Flores e o pão caseiro, acompanhados de infusões de ervas aromáticas”. António Ventura defendeu que a iniciativa do SDA Flores deve ser tida em conta como um “exemplo a seguir na promoção da consciencialização das crianças açorianas para a sustentabilidade”. A iniciativa contou com a inscrição de 42 crianças, que foram divididas em dois grupos definidos por escalões etários, sendo um grupo composto pelas crianças dos nove aos 12 anos e outro composto por crianças dos seis aos oito anos. Deste evento também fizeram parte as atividades de tecelagem em mini-teares produzindo pequenos panos, em carros de “rabo de gato”, produzindo pulseiras e colares e de elaboração de velas em cera de abelha. As crianças procederam ainda à transplantação de plantas tintureiras e polinizadoras e, dos momentos mais lúdicos, fizeram parte os jogos tradicionais do galo e salto à corda. Todas as crianças receberam uma medalha identificativa do Campo de Férias do SDA, na qual foi gravado o nome do respetivo participante, procedendo-se, no final, à entrega de certificados de participação. De acordo com a diretora do Serviço de Desenvolvimento Agrário das Flores, Alice Ramos, “as crianças adoraram participar e, tal como pretendido, foram-lhes proporcionados bons momentos, cheios de diversão, e aprendizagem, o que faz com que o balanço deste campo de férias tenha terminado com um balanço bastante positivo”. No rescaldo da iniciativa, fica o desejo de que “cada criança que participou no campo de férias seja um motor para a mudança e que através da aprendizagem obtida nas experiências realizadas connosco levem para casa, para a escola e para o seu meio social, ferramentas objetivas imprescindíveis para um amanhã mais sustentável”. “Cada uma das crianças pode levar consigo, para casa, os trabalhos que realizou, na expetativa que funcione como um ‘fermentinho’ para a replicação destas atividades no seu quotidiano, contribuindo para a promoção da economia circular”, concluiu.
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Nota de Imprensa
July 17, 2024
Berta Cabral valoriza garantia de que OSP de transporte aéreo entre Açores e continente vão ser relançadas “o mais rapidamente possível”
O Secretário de Estado das Infraestruturas assegurou, esta semana, à Secretária Regional do Turismo, Mobilidade e Infraestruturas, Berta Cabral, que o Estado vai lançar “o mais rapidamente possível” as obrigações de serviço público (OSP) de transporte aéreo entre os Açores e o continente português. Em declarações à comunicação social, após uma reunião de trabalho com Berta Cabral, Hugo Espírito Santo sublinhou não haver dúvida de que estas rotas, no atual formato, “necessitam de ser compensadas”. Segundo adiantou, o facto de o concurso ter ficado vazio exige uma reflexão sobre as condições do mesmo. As rotas estão a ser operadas pela SATA, situação que levou o governante a referir que têm de ser avaliadas “todas as opções”, sendo “importante definir os critérios” das novas OSP, para que sejam rapidamente propostas a concurso, para haver “uma compensação formada em função daquilo que são as especificações e os requesitos que foram efetuados”. Por seu lado, Berta Cabral afirmou que a SATA “sente-se no direito de querer essa compensação, e tem esse direito, porque está a operar estas rotas”, relembrando, no entanto, que existe legislação muito específica da UE sobre ajudas de Estado que tem de ser observada – recorde-se que a SATA  “está em processo de reestruturação aprovado pela Comissão Europeia”. “Não podemos cair numa situação como a que a SATA já passou, que a obrigou a devolver 72 milhões de euros precisamente de ajudas de Estado ilegais”, adiantou a Secretária Regional, defendendo a necessidade de “estudar este processo adequadamente para não correr riscos”. Para Berta Cabral, “tudo tem de ser feito com o devido cuidado”. E justificou: “agora, é justo que a SATA seja compensada pelo serviço publico que está a fazer, até para não contrariar aquilo que são as exigências do plano de reestruturação de não operar rotas de deficitárias”. Entretanto, no que concerne ao subsídio de mobilidade, Berta Cabral disse que o Governo dos Açores quer continuar a “manter o subsídio de mobilidade sem limite, porque foi assim que o mesmo foi concebido”. “O grupo de trabalho está a funcionar e aguardamos com expetativa as suas conclusões. A nossa preocupação é evitar situações de abuso devendo os casos de fraude devem tratados nas instâncias próprias, como já está a acontecer”, referiu. A governante destacou a importância de ser encontrado um modelo que permita ao passageiro pagar apenas o valor definido na lei para o residente, sem necessitar de adiantar o preço total da passagem e receber, posteriormente, o respetivo reembolso. “Há um grupo de trabalho que está a encontrar as melhores soluções para o subsídio de mobilidade, tentando desburocratizar e simplificar, cujo foco principal é que o residente pague apenas a tarifa de residente e não haja a necessidade de adiantar o total do bilhete”, afirmou.
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Presentation of the new cooling unit of the Transinsular Logistics Hub Azores, of the ETE Group
Nota de Imprensa
July 16, 2024
Berta Cabral defends that logistics platforms are very important for Azorean islands
The Regional Secretary for Tourism, Mobility and Infrastructures, Berta Cabral, stressed today in Ponta Delgada the importance of logistics platforms for the Azorean islands, considering the "discontinuity and territorial dispersion" of the Azores. Berta Cabral spoke on behalf of the President of the Government at the presentation of the new cold storage unit of the Transinsular Açores Logistics Centre, owned by the ETE Group, stressing that these centres "play a key role in the supply and subsistence of the population, and the local economic development." "These are strategic spaces for promoting territorial and social cohesion, through the storage and coordinated distribution of essential goods and commodities, both in import and export flows," she emphasised.  According to her, "it is undeniable that, given the impossibility of establishing economies of scale and large-scale production, Azorean producers need to focus on quality and added value to compete in external markets." However, Berta Cabral noted the importance of creating "opportunities and conditions for the distribution of local products, particularly perishables and fresh produce, through the installation of new facilities such as this cold storage unit and the use of advanced technology, particularly real-time management and tracking systems to boost efficiency in the logistics chain." The Regional Secretary also highlighted the doubling of the cold storage capacity of the Transinsular Açores Logistics Centre, an investment that will harness the potential of Transinsular's operations and boost the company's competitiveness and the efficiency of trade to and from the Region. Berta Cabral "thanked the ETE Group and Transinsular, in particular, for their long-standing commitment to the Autonomous Region of the Azores." "For more than 30 years, Transinsular has played a vital role in supplying our islands. A role that is deeply respected and valued by companies and the Regional Government, as they are well aware of its importance for the local economy and our internal cohesion," she stressed. As she pointed out, the Azorean economy has grown consistently and uninterruptedly, largely due to the increase in the travelling population due to the unprecedented tourism growth, which naturally creates greater demands on the supply of our communities. About 99% of goods entering the Azores are transported by sea. In 2023, more than 2.5 million tonnes were handled in the archipelago's ports, representing a growth of 8% compared to 2019. "These are clear signs of the vitality and potential of our economy, which naturally requires solid, modern and flexible logistics infrastructures just as much as it requires reliable, regular and frequent maritime transport of goods," she said. In this regard, she urged the ETE Group to continually invest in the Azores, creating ever-better conditions of reliability, efficiency and capacity in transporting, storing and distributing goods.
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Visit the shipyards where the research vessel of the Autonomous Region of the Azores is being built
Nota de Imprensa
July 16, 2024
Research vessel enters fourth phase of construction and schedule remains unchanged, highlights Mário Rui Pinho
The Regional Secretary for the Sea and Fisheries, Mário Rui Pinho, valued today the construction of the Azorean research vessel, which is now entering its fourth phase on a schedule that is "up to date and without slippage." "I leave here very pleased. Construction is proceeding according to schedule, without any delays," stressed Mário Rui Pinho. The vessel will operate with the highest technological standards. It will be used to a greater extent than the Azores Sea, and will be a "crucial asset for the entire country," he said, speaking in Vigo, at the Armon shipyards, where the ship is being built. The research vessel has a budget of about 20 million Euros under the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) - it is estimated to arrive in the Region between the end of 2025 and the beginning of 2026. The multidisciplinary scientific research vessel aims to provide the Region with a technological platform for accessing the deep sea of the central north-east Atlantic, and in particular the Exclusive Economic Zone of the archipelago. The new research platform will have the latest technological standards in terms of capacity and equipment as well as high energy performance. The vessel will be registered in the Portuguese Flag Register as a research vessel, with a minimum capacity of 20 people for global navigation, excluding ice zones, ten technical crew members and ten scientific crew members. In addition, it will have a capacity for a minimum of 30 people on daily voyages. The new research vessel will operate, among other things, in areas such as seabed mapping (bathymetry based on acoustic equipment), biological prospecting and exploration of organisms with biotechnological aptitude, support for the development of offshore renewable energy production technologies and training of staff as part of the Azores Maritime School. Among other equipment, the vessel will be fitted with electronic acoustic equipment to maximise the platform's research potential to a depth of at least five thousand metres.  With a length of 45.95 metres and a beam of 10.5 metres, the ship will have an autonomy of 15 days, using diesel-electric propulsion. It will include cabins corresponding to its maximum capacity, a classroom, laboratories (dry and wet) and a data centre.
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meeting with Prime Minister Montenegro
Nota de Imprensa
July 16, 2024
José Manuel Bolieiro and Luís Montenegro agree on holding intergovernmental summit
The President of the Regional Government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolieiro, met with Prime Minister, Luís Montenegro, on Monday in Lisbon. They agreed to hold a summit between the Azorean Government and the National Government by the end of the year. The meeting between both leaders took place at the São Bento Palace, the Prime Minister's official residence. The possibility remained open regarding the Prime Minister travelling to the Azores before the intergovernmental summit to strengthen direct contact with José Manuel Bolieiro on various matters of interest to the Region and the Country.
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Nota de Imprensa
July 16, 2024
Press release
It is with deep sadness that the Government of the Azores, represented by the President of the Government, José Manuel Bolieiro, mourns the death of Mário Serafim da Silva Machado, Mayor of the Covoada Parish Council, elected in 2017, in the municipality of Ponta Delgada. Mário Serafim da Silva Machado was an exemplary citizen, known for his kindness, integrity and tireless dedication. His active participation in public life demonstrated his commitment to collective well-being and progress. He was a charismatic figure, whose actions reflected a profound attachment to and knowledge of his parish and its residents.  At this time of pain and loss, the Government of the Azores offers its most sincere condolences to his family, friends and all those who had the privilege of knowing and working with Mário Serafim da Silva Machado. May they find strength and comfort in the memories and legacy left by this remarkable human being.
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Nota de Imprensa
July 16, 2024
José Manuel Bolieiro congratulates Azorean MEPs who took office in European Parliament
The President of the Regional Government, José Manuel Bolieiro, congratulated the Azorean MEPs elected to the European Parliament, Paulo do Nascimento Cabral, André Rodrigues, Ana Martins and Catarina Vieira, who took office today following the June 9 elections. "I am confident that, while carrying out their duties, they will be strong advocates of our aspirations in the European Union and in this Atlantic projection that we represent," stated José Manuel Bolieiro. "The presence of MEPs who know the reality of the Azores is fundamental to the defence of our Region's interests in Brussels and Strasbourg," he added. The President of the Government also reiterated the Government's commitment to collaborate with the new MEPs to ensure that the priorities of the Azores are taken into consideration in the decision-making process of the European Union. José Manuel Bolieiro also congratulated Roberta Metsola on her reelection as President of the European Parliament, stating that this was "a sign of confidence in her leadership and her ability in such challenging times."
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Nota de Imprensa
July 16, 2024
Artur Lima addresses Corsican Committee on Legislative and Regulatory Powers and Statutory Evolution
The Vice-President of the Regional Government, Artur Lima, will visit Corsica between July 17 and 19 at the invitation of the President of the Corsican Assembly, Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis. The Vice-President of the Government will meet with the President of the Corsican Assembly and the President of the Executive Council, Gilles Simeoni, to discuss matters related to insularity and common actions to be taken on the European stage. Artur Lima will also speak at the Corsican Committee on Legislative and Regulatory Powers and Statutory Evolution, as part of the cycle of works dedicated to statutory developments on the island. The speech will address regional autonomy, the Political-Administrative Statute of the Azores, and the challenges facing this island as an outermost region. In April this year, the President of the Regional Government, José Manuel Bolieiro, and the Vice-President of the Government, Artur Lima, met with Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis, President of the Assembly of Corsica, on the occasion of the General Assembly of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), held in Ponta Delgada. This meeting provided an opportunity to reflect on and confirm the possibility of an exchange on matters concerning statutes and insularity based on the Azorean example. In addition to its protocol component, this event is part of the series of hearings held by the aforementioned Commission with the aim of benefiting from the experiences of the autonomous regions or territories in France and throughout Europe. In a broader sense, the goal is also to continue promoting greater synergy and joint work among European islands in a context marked by the results of the European Parliament elections. This is particularly pertinent given that the priorities of the new political agendas emphasise the need for coordinated and renewed action to defend insularity and address its specificities. On this visit to Corsica, Artur Lima will be accompanied by the Regional Director for European Affairs and External Cooperation, Carlos Amaral.
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