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António Costa insists on the use of national production

Prime Minister António Costa asked all Portuguese to start using reusable masks produced by the Portuguese industry and, in the reception to four associations of the sector (Portuguese Textile and Clothing Association, National Association of Clothing and Apparel Industries, National Association of Home Textile Industries and National Association of Wool Industry), highlighted the advantages of use.

“It is environmentally friendly and avoids destroying resources that can and should be reused, protects us against the pandemic and protects the jobs of those working in the textile industry and the textile industry companies themselves,” said the prime minister, as it can be seen in a video of the Government’s responsibility and inserted in its institutional page.

In a session in which the associations offered examples of reusable and certified community masks produced by Portuguese companies, António Costa also highlighted “the enormous effort that the textile industry has been making over these months to adapt to reality”.

António Costa added that despite the fall in the supplier market, companies managed to reinvent themselves to create something indispensable to the lives of all citizens: masks and personal protective equipment.

Until June 30, the support mechanisms promoted by the Government had supported a total of 407 productive innovation projects, 41 research and development projects for Covid-19, 16,927 under Adaptar Micro and 728 under Adaptar PME. Of these, 105 relate to textile projects and 134 to clothing, with an accumulated eligible investment of 226.9 million euros just for projects in the sector.

Source: Jornal T