SÁB 25 DE MAIO DE 2019 - 21:18hs.
Brazilian President introduces new PM

Temer goes back with measure that cuts lottery passages to culture and sport

President of Brazil Michel Temer will present to ministers on Thursday (12) a Provisional Measure (PM) that cancels the cuts in the sectors of culture, sport and education. A norm signed by him in June diverted resources from federal lottery revenues to the security area. The information was disclosed by the newspaper Folha de São Paulo.

The decision had caused a strong reaction in the affected areas. Brazilian Culture Minister Sérgio Sá Leitão called the measure "misguided" and said that reducing the amount of cultural policy is "an incentive to crime, not the opposite."

MP 841 dealt with the redistribution of lottery revenues by directing part of it to the National Public Security Fund (FNSP). The percentage of transfer would vary according to the year and lottery mode. According to the MP, 50% of the funds from the lotteries will be transferred to the states and the Federal District, for application in public safety programs.

MP 841 would redirect the participation of the sectors in the social transfers of federal lotteries. In addition to the FNSP, a percentage of the proceeds from bettors goes to Social Security (which includes health, welfare and social assistance), the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and the National Fund for Culture (FNC), among other areas. In addition to lotteries, the security fund could also receive funds from the Union budget.

The provisional measure was signed last June 11 by President Michel Temer, at the same ceremony in which the project that established the Public Security System (SUSP) was sanctioned. The bill became Law 13.675 / 18. In order to enter into force, MP 841/18 would be examined initially by a joint committee. The approved report would go to the plenary of the House of Representatives and the Senate for a vote.


"It is very clear to all of us that this [public security] is an area that deserves to receive urgent and priority investments from the Public Power, but never to the detriment of sports, known as a strong ally in the fight against violence," of Sport, Leandro Cruz.

"We can not agree on the decision to withdraw resources such as those for Olympic and Paralympic athletes' training clubs and for bodies that promote school and university sports. Changing legislation governing the distribution of lottery funds does not help to solve the problema," adds the note.

From the collections obtained by the state-owned bank Caixa Econômica Federal, through the Federal Lotteries, in 2017, the Ministry of Sports made a projection about how the scenario of social transfers would be for 2018 and 2019, according to the percentages stipulated by the MP.


Also in a note, the Minister of Culture, Sérgio Sá Leitão, says that the MP "drastically reduces" the participation of the National Fund of Culture in the revenue of the federal lotteries. That is because, according to him, the current percentage, of 3%, could fall to 0.5%.

"This is a wrong decision [the publication of the MP] that does not have the support of the Ministry of Culture. Investing in public security is obviously crucial at this critical moment in the country. The fight against urban violence, however, should not be detrimental to culture, but also through culture, as well as sport and the promotion of development," the note said.

After releasing this note, Sérgio Sá Leitão disclosed another, stating that he does not intend to resign.

Source: GMB