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Economy & Jobs 04-05-2021

Fourteen EU countries have submitted recovery plans, 13 still to go

The European Commission has received national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRP) from 14 countries to access the bloc's €750 billion recovery fund. 13 of the EU's 27 member states are still missing from the list.

Schmit hopes for agreement on EU minimum wages by June

Member states will hopefully reach a common position on the definition of EU minimum wages before the end of Portugal’s presidency of the Council, which runs until June, European Commissioner for employment, Nicolas Schmit, told Lusa.pt, highlighting the “efforts” made...

European Commission looks forward to clinching travel pass with EU Parliament

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (29 April) welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament of its negotiating position on plans for a digital pass proving COVID-19 testing, recovery or vaccination to facilitate travel, pending negotiations with the Portuguese EU Council presidency of the Council of the European Union.

‘Act without delay’ to help EU tourism, Portugal urges

Portugal has urged member states and EU institutions to "act without delay" to support European tourism to recover from the crisis, also calling for rapid progress in the creation of the green passport.

EU Council adopts conclusions on Indo-Pacific cooperation strategy

The Council of the European Union, currently presided over by Portugal, adopted on Monday  (19 April) conclusions on the EU strategy for cooperation with the Indo-Pacific region, advocating stability and an "open and fair" environment for trade and investment.
Health 09-04-2021

EU Presidency: AstraZeneca vaccine decisions ‘affect everyone’

The Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union on Wednesday warned member states that individual decisions affected everyone regarding the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, involved in risks of blood clots, calling for the most coordinated position possible among the 27. A statement issued after the...

Airbnb welcomes common tax framework for digital platforms

Airbnb has welcomed the agreement reached among EU member states to create a common tax reporting framework for digital platforms, which will require sales to be reported to the tax authorities.
Digital & Media 23-03-2021

Sales on online platforms must be reported to tax authorities as of 2023

The Council of the European Union (EU), currently chaired by Portugal, on Monday (22 March) adopted new rules to improve administrative cooperation in the field of taxation by obliging digital platform operators to report the income earned by sellers.
Cybersecurity 23-03-2021

Council adopts cybersecurity strategy conclusions

The Council of the European Union (EU), currently chaired by Portugal, on Monday (22 March) adopted conclusions on the EU cybersecurity strategy, particularly about fifth-generation mobile networks (5G), aimed at protecting against cyber threats.
Politics 22-03-2021

EU’s Vestager has ‘reservations’ about online privacy proposals

Margrethe Vestager, the executive vice-president of the European Commission, said on Friday (19 March) that she has "reservations" about a proposal from the Portuguese EU Presidency to unblock negotiations on the ePrivacy regulation.
The Council of the European Union, which is currently chaired by Portugal, on Tuesday (16 March) gave the green light to the Digital Europe programme to fund investment in cutting-edge technology in the EU, in areas such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, with a total budget of €7.6 billion to 2027.
Digital & Media 16-03-2021

Council approves €7.6B Digital Europe plan for cutting-edge tech

The Council of the European Union, which is currently chaired by Portugal, on Tuesday (16 March) gave the green light to the Digital Europe programme to fund investment in cutting-edge technology in the EU, in areas such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, with a total budget of €7.6 billion to 2027.

Portugal convenes EU ‘recovery summit’ in June

Portugal will hold a high-level summit in Lisbon on 21 June focused on the recovery plans of the 27 EU member states, defending "smart fiscal policies" in response to the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic.

Talks on EU corporate tax transparency law to start ‘very soon’

The European Parliament said on Thursday (4 March) it expected negotiations to start "very soon" with Portugal's EU Presidency on a new EU directive to make multinationals publish information on where they make profits and pay taxes.

Portugal wins EU support for corporate tax transparency law

Portugal’s EU Presidency on Thursday (25 February) won broad support form EU countries to move forward with the European public country-by-country reporting directive, which aims to make multinationals publish information on where they make profits and pay taxes.

Commission wants to ‘explore options’ for India trade, investment

The European Commission said on Thursday (18 February) that it wants to "explore options" for expanding the EU’s trade and investment with India, notably ahead of the summit scheduled for May in Porto as part of Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU.

EU adopts temporary measures to help transport sector

The Council of the European Union on Monday (16 February) adopted temporary measures to help the transport sector, which has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the relaxation of rules regarding airport slots and the extension of the validity of driving licences.
Politics 10-02-2021

Porto EU social summit expected to focus on youth

The European Commission wants to promote a "strong social dimension" at the May summit in Porto, as part of the Portuguese EU Council presidency, advocating a focus on young people who are facing a "difficult period" due to the COVID-19 crisis​​​​​​​.

Eight EU countries have not yet submitted recovery plans to Brussels

Eight EU member states have yet to submit their national recovery and resilience plans to the European Commission to access EU post-crisis funds for COVID-19, while 19 countries have already done so, including Portugal. Asked on Tuesday by EURACTIV’s media...
5G 29-01-2021

Portugal blames COVID-19 for 5G delays, promises progress

The Portuguese government on Thursday (28 January) attributed the deadlock in implementing fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks in the European Union (EU) to the Covid-19 pandemic. Still, it ensured "close monitoring" of progress and cybersecurity throughout the bloc.
Under the Portuguese chairmanship of the Council of the European Union (EU), Portugal will focus on adopting the first EU law on artificial intelligence, based on transparency and respect for users' rights, and also expects cooperation with the US administration.
Digital & Media 28-01-2021

Portugal to focus on adopting first EU artificial intelligence law – minister

Under the Portuguese chairmanship of the Council of the European Union (EU), Portugal will focus on adopting the first EU law on artificial intelligence, based on transparency and respect for users' rights, and also expects cooperation with the US administration.

Breton: Jab certificates not enough to ensure free movement

COVID-19 vaccination certificates are “important but not sufficient” to ensure the resumption of free movement within the EU during the pandemic, EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said on Tuesday (19 January), adding instead that rapid tests should also be introduced.

Vaccination certificate ‘is a medical requirement’, says Von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (14 January) welcomed the Greek government's initiative allowing for vaccinated people to travel freely, and called for a mutually recognised vaccination certificate across European Union countries.
Agrifood 09-04-2019

Portuguese EU candidates concerned about CAP cuts

The Portuguese candidates for the EU elections from centre-left and left parties PS, PSD, PCP and BE, have voiced concern about the planned budget cuts in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The conservative CDS party criticised the Lisbon government's "tragic inability" to draw on these funds. EURACTIV’s media partner Lusa reports.