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Government gives up on closing Perse by MP and will address the issue by bill, says Haddad

The federal government reached an agreement with leaders of the Chamber of Deputies to give up ending the Perse (Emergency Events Sector Resumption Program) via provisional measure and will address the issue by bill on an urgent basis. The announcement was made after the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad, met this Tuesday (5) with party leaders and presented figures indicating that the current benefit model for the events sector enabled fraud.

“We will forward a project with the discussion that was held with the leaders. They made several suggestions to reduce what they saw as a complete lack of control over the program,” said Haddad. “We left the meeting now with the homework of designing how to address these exclusions and focusing on any segments that have not yet undergone recovery,” added the minister.

According to Haddad, the Treasury committed to carrying out a study to assess which sectors still need incentives for recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Of the 11 thousand companies in Perse, revenue in 2019, therefore pre-pandemic, was R$ 146 billion. Revenue in 2020, at the peak of the pandemic, was R$ 101 billion. And revenue in 2022 was already R$ 200 billion, so we are already in full recovery”, he commented.

He also complained that some companies receive aid improperly. “I raised the problem of companies that do not deserve to be waived, especially because they were not even in operation during the pandemic. Many were created later. So there are a series of inconsistencies in Perse that were also recognized by the leaders. And they made suggestions on how to protect the program so that there is no this type of bleeding and bring it to levels that are bearable through compensation.”

Author of the project that created the program, deputy Felipe Carreras (PSB-PE) said that the conversation with Haddad was fruitful and that the project would be sent “as quickly as possible”. “I imagine it could still happen this week.”

In relation to Haddad's allegations about irregularities, Carreras indicated that there was a signal from parliamentarians that there would be a “rigorous” investigation and punishment for companies that misuse the benefit.

Credits: R7

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