PAN – PEOPLE, ANIMALS, NATURE MANIFESTO
Climate Crisis, Ecological Justice, Economic Transition
- to approve the climate accord law.
- to highlight the relevance of the Ministry of the Environment in the hierarchy of the state (at present the third to last in government hierarchies).
- to fight for the introduction of Ecocide (Crimes against the environment) as one of the crimes that the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over.
- to exclude economic considerations in environmental impact assessments.
- to forbid the authorization of oil exploration and to close coal-fired power stations by 2023.
- to democratize energy, decentralizing its production based on the precepts of shared consumption.
- to draw up the Railway Plan 2035 linking all district capitals.
- to halt the construction of the airport at Montijo until the Environmental Impact Assessment is assured.
- to create a nucleus for hydrogen technologies.
- to raise Waste Management Rates for incineration or landfill.
- to encourage ecodesign for packaging.
- to grant tax breaks for companies working to prevent food-waste.
- to grant financial, tax and social incentives to those intending to set up as organic farmers.
- to grant Income tax deductions for the purchase of organic products
- to extend the carbon tax to meat production.
- to get rid of eucalyptus plantations in Portugal
Education, Higher Education and Research
- to support educational innovation: philosophy for children, emotional education, mindfulness and learning from nature.
- to set up a multidisciplinary team to revise school manuals with the aim of consolidating their content.
- to give access to higher education by means other than national exams.
- to recognise teaching as an especially demanding profession.
Culture, Arts and Heritage
- to reinforce the culture budget by €235M through an increase in VAT on the catering and hotel sector (from 6% to 13%).
- to return cultural items from the Portuguese ex-colonies by means of a technical commission, thus assuring historical acts of justice, already existent in some other European countries, and which have led to the restitution of cultural artifacts, at present in national public collections, to the countries of origin.
- To widen the scope of the norms established under the terms of Law 33/2008, 22nd of July, which sets up measures to promote access to information to people with visual impairment, to people with other disabilities such as nanism or hearing impairment.
Equality, Inclusion, Social Policy
- to create a Secretariat of State for senior citizens.
- to draw up a law of inclusivity (to combat a number of discriminations).
- To create a victim’s statute for children who are witnesses to scenes of domestic violence.
- To grant ten days leave to victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse to allow them to seek secure housing and to develop strategies for dealing with what has happened.
- to create the career of Community and Intercultural Mediator.
- to ensure that news broadcasts on generalist channels are accessible to the hearing-impaired through Portuguese Gestural Language interpreters.
- to provide emergency accommodation for the homeless in every district of Portugal.
- To combat human trafficking through the reinforcement of the Foreigner and Border Service (SEF).
Protection, health and well-being of animals
- to create a vetinerary support network for poorer families and for animal rescue associations.
- to reduce VAT for pet food.
- to set up a Secretariat of State for animal protection and welfare.
- to set up animal rescue teams as part of Civil Protection.
- to abolish bullfighting.
Preparation for the future of younger generations – intergenerational justice
- to review the rules for pension payments through the creation of a new scale.) Which guarantees that the pension does not lose real value in cases of slower economic growth, thus protecting lower pensions.
- to attract qualified migrants and to provide training for migrants.
- to reinforce tax benefits for small savers.
Prevention of illness and promotion of health
- to introduce an exclusivity clause for National Health Service doctors.
- to attribute nutritionists to the National Health Service to help overweight children.
- to offer psychological support for security force professionals.
- to offer the possibility of leave for pregnant woman from the 32nd week (in order to prepare for the birth and the new family dynamics).
- to ban added sugar in all baby food.
- to create tax Incentives to the food industry to stimulate the development of alternative vegetable proteins.
- to decriminalize medically assisted dying.
- to increase investment in the construction of affordable public rented housing.
- to increase the budget provision for rented accommodation for young people.
Labour rights and More Time to Live
- to standardize the 35 hour week and 25 days of holiday for workers both in the civil service and in the private sector.
- to reinforce the rights of shift workers and more time off and better pay for night workers
- to introduce campaigns for the prevention of burnout.
- to equalize parental leave for both parents.
Justice, transparency and combatting corruption
- to implement a progressive model for the costs of justice.
- to review all the potentially misleading clauses in the present public/private partnerships (PPP).
- to set up tribunals specializing in crimes of corruption and domestic violence.
Democracy, Citzenship and the Organization of the State
- to introduce an exclusivity clause for deputies.
- to grant the right to vote at 16.
- to give the Republican Assembly the right to nominate the Attorney-General (instead of the government).
- to create a site to enable the consultation of personal data in order to guarantee greater data protection.
- to promote the neutrality of the internet by prohibiting zero-rating offers.
Portugal and the world
- to support the expusion of Equatorial Guiné from the Portuguese Language Community of Nations (CPLP) if the death penalty is not abolished there.
- to guarantee that the Portuguese Council PresidencyPresidency of the gives priority, through its temporary programme, to ecological transition in Europe.
- to guarantee Portugal a major role in the Council of Europe and to reinforce the influence of the European Union in bringing about more ambitious targets towards achieving a social and economic transition that prioritizes the combat against climate change, the preservation of biodiversity, the defence of the rule of law and of human rights.