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Economy & Jobs 25-11-2021

Portugal’s vaccination rate gives Commission confidence on economic recovery

The European Commission remains confident in a successful recovery of the Portuguese economy, especially as the COVID-19 vaccination rate in the country is so high. As part of the “autumn package” adopted on Wednesday, the EU executive has published the latest post-programme...

EU Council reaches agreement on road charging

The Council of the European Union (EU), chaired by Portugal, has reached an agreement with the European Parliament to revise the rules on road charging, the so-called Eurovignette, to reduce emissions of polluting gases and infrastructure congestion.

EU in talks with US, UK on mutual recognition of COVID-19 travel certificates

The European Commission is discussing with the United States and the United Kingdom the recognition of the COVID-19 travel certificate that will come into force in July in the EU, the European Commissioner for Justice has announced.

Council adopts changes to visa system in a bid to boost security

EU member states have approved changes to the European visa system aimed at increasing security in the Schengen area by providing for greater monitoring of short-stay and residence permits.

Budget rules to apply from 2023 to avoid ‘fiscal risks’ – Commission

The European Commission's executive vice-president has said that the provision of liquidity to the debt markets for "too long" in the EU could result in "fiscal risks".
Economy & Jobs 10-05-2021

France ready to pick up the baton on EU minimum wage proposal

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday (8 May) that Paris was ready to pick up the baton on the EU’s minimum wage proposal if an agreement cannot be reached during the Portuguese EU presidency, which ends on 1 July.

Commission has ‘plan B’ if Portugal’s presidency ends with no minimum wage consensus

The European Commission is considering future presidencies after Portugal's presidency as a 'plan B' should Portugal fail to reach consensus in the Council on the definition of minimum wages, according to EU Employment Commissioner Nicolas Schmit.

EU Council chief expects an ‘important new chapter’ with India

Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, said on Wednesday (5 May) he hoped that the summit between leaders of the EU and India would open an "important new chapter" between Brussels and New Delhi, despite the "dramatic scenario" of the pandemic.
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.