Prime Minister António Costa admitted today that the Algarve is the area of the country where “the most is being felt” the effects of non-compliance with minimum services on the supply of gas stations and that the government will assess the need for civil requisition.
"The Algarve is the area in the country where the effects of non-compliance with minimum services are being felt the most," said the minister after a meeting with the President of the Republic, where the effects of the strike by dangerous drivers were assessed. kicked off this Monday.
The Prime Minister considered that the situation was normalized throughout the country until 2:30 pm, when the minimum services were no longer performed generally.
Noting the “systematic” breach from then on, the government has already deployed GNR military and PSP agents to transport fuel, particularly from Sines to the Algarve and Lisbon Airport, António Costa said.
The objective is to “ensure that particularly affected areas, such as the south of the country or airports, are not in short supply,” said the prime minister.
In the Algarve, there are already several gas stations included in the Emergency Gas Station Network (REPA) without any type of fuel, according to the portal VOST Portugal No Longer.
António Costa said a meeting of the Council of Ministers is scheduled for late Monday afternoon, where the possibility of issuing a civil requisition will be on the table.
The civil requisition, explained the prime minister, can be directed exclusively to those who are violating the obligation of minimum services, can be confined to any region where there is a critical situation or to a certain type of services, such as airports.
“Situations are different in the north or south of the country, or from company to company. Being a conflict between private parties, the state should act at the minimum necessary to meet the fundamental needs of the Portuguese, ”said António Costa.