• Portugal moves to halt privatization of public transport


    LISBON: Portugal’s new left-wing, anti-austerity government announced late Friday it was moving to halt the privatization of transport systems in Lisbon and Porto, a measure introduced by its right-wing predecessor. The government will ask the Court of Auditors to “suspend the authorization approval” which would have greenlit the privatization, it said in a statement carried by the Portuguese news agency Lusa. The previous right-wing government decided in September to hand the management of Lisbon’s public transport over to the Spanish group Avanza, while the northern city of Porto would see its system managed by the Spanish Alsa and French Transdev.



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