Within the framework of the European Semester, the Government sent the National Reform Programme (NRP) 2022 to Brussels on 29 April. An official statement declared that “The National Reform Programme 2022 introduces the XXIII Constitutional Government’s medium-term strategy for the development of Portugal and the agendas for the Portugal 2030 Strategy, which benefit from the «Strategic vision for the Portugal economic recovery plan 2020-2030 ».” (https://www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/gc23/comunicacao/comunicado?i=governo-entrega-programa-nacional-de-reformas-e-programa-de-estabilidade-a-bruxelas)
The NRP 2022, coordinated by PlanAPP, is formed around four agendas: People first: better demographic balance, more inclusion, less inequality; Digitalisation innovation and skills as drivers of development; Climate transition and resource sustainability; An externally competitive and internally cohesive country.
The 2022 NRP was presented and debated in Parliament on 22 April, having given rise to five draft resolutions with proposals for amendments – three by PAN, one by IL and one by Livre. Only the Draft Resolution 7/XV/1 “Provision in the 2022 National Reform Programme for an adaptation of the National Water Plan addressing climate change as a measure to combat drought’, proposed by PAN, was approved.
The NRP is a national strategy and planning instrument which is part of the political process of economic and social governance of the European Union (EU). It is drafted and presented annually by the government of each member country to the European Commission, following the timetable of the European Semester, which was designed to guarantee the coordination of the public policies of the different member states with the guidelines and policies pursued in the European framework.
With the publication of Decree-Law 21/2021 of 15 March, it is established that PlanAPP is responsible for “coordinating the preparation of the National Reform Programme, integrated in the European Semester, and monitoring its implementation and compliance with the obligations arising from the European Union, in coordination with the governmental bodies for foreign affairs and finance”.