IN PORTUGAL, 20 per cent of the population is poor and many are unemployed, according to the Portuguese Anti-Poverty League. The organisation’s president, Father Jardim Moreira, thinks the wealth distribution imbalance in the country is “scandalous”.
“I don’t believe an employment policy is sufficient to rectify the situation,” he blasted. “It is necessary to qualify people, so they have the skills to compete in the job market and find a job that pays a decent wage.”
Illustrating the differences between the way EU structural funds were employed, he stormed: “While Ireland invests in education, Portugal invests in concrete.”