João Manso Neto, CEO of EDP Renováveis, assures us that "it was not EDP that got in" the former Economy Minister, Manuel Pinho, at Columbia University, New York. The reason for this is the fact that Pinho was invited to teach at the university, after leaving the Government, at a seminar sponsored by EDP.
During the hearing of Manso Neto on the parliamentary committee to investigate excessive revenues in the electricity sector, this afternoon in the Assembly of the Republic, Representative Jorge Costa from the Left Block asked the EDP manager about who invited Pinho to give classes at Columbia University.
"It was not EDP who got Dr. Manuel Pinho" at the seminary sponsored by the company at Columbia University, Manso Neto replied. "Dr. Manuel Pinho was nominated by the university," he said.
Manso Neto will thus deny the contents of a email revealed by "Visão" magazine in December 2017. "António Mexia, president of EDP, received a email of the University of Columbia, USA. In that email, sent on December 2, 2009, Dean John Coatsworth informs Mexia that, following their November 20 meeting in New York, if EDP made a first payment of $ 300,000 by the end of the year, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) could, among other things, 'pay the salary of a guest teacher' to teach one semester about 'energy and environment'. And the person 'better placed to occupy this position', added the rector in the email, was 'Manuel Pinho', "the magazine reported.
Asked also why EDP did not provide the parliamentary inquiry committee with the emails relating to the protocol with Columbia University, Manso Neto said he was not aware of such a request.