The Council of Ministers today decreed to resort to the civil request of striking dangerous drivers for areas and services in which a situation of default is occurring, namely in the Algarve.
“The ordinance enforces the civil requisition only in areas and services where there is non-compliance with minimum services, particularly in the supply to the southern part of the country from Sines, the Emergency Network of Gas Stations, airports and autonomous units. natural gas ”, said the Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Minister, Tiago Antunes, at a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Ministers.
"The government had no alternative but to recognize the need to resort to civil requisition," said the official, explaining that in the Algarve, the supply to emergency network stations, made from Sines, did not occur under the same conditions from the afternoon shift (after 2:30 pm).
“In the afternoon, no cargo was supplied from Sines, which serves the southern part of the country,” explained Tiago Antunes.
The civil requisition, he continued, is "an exceptional instrument, which should only be mobilized when its need is realized."
The Prime Minister, António Costa, had already revealed, in the afternoon, that GNR military and PSP agents had been mobilized to transport fuel from Sines to the Algarve.
The fuel race in the Algarve on the first day of the hazardous drivers' strike is already affecting at least four stations included in the Emergency Gas Station Network (REPA), without any fuel available, according to the portal. It is no longer possible to supply.
The hazardous materials drivers strike has started this Monday. The government had already decreed the energy crisis situation last Friday to deal with the strike.