André Curvelo Campos

EU health ministers back stronger pandemic role for EMA

EU health ministers have met for the last time under Portugal’s presidency of the Council of the EU to agree on that body’s postition for negotiations with the European Parliament on new rules to strengthen the role of the European...

EU ministers approve strategy on climate change adaptation

European Union environment ministers on Thursday (10 June) approved the EU’s new climate change adaptation strategy, which sets out a vision up to 2050 to make Europe resilient and "fully adapted to its inevitable impacts".

EU-US summit hailed as ‘milestone’ in transatlantic relationship

The Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU has highlighted the "symbolic importance" of next week's summit between the European Union and the United States, which it believes has "the potential to be a key milestone" in renewing the transatlantic partnership.

EU justice ministers call for close monitoring of high-risk fans at Euro2020

European Union justice ministers meeting under the Portuguese presidency have called for close monitoring of risk supporters during the European football championships, stressing that the format of the competition already poses "a unique security challenge".
Coronavirus 20-05-2021

Europe stands out among global players in sharing vaccines

The EU is ready to discuss concrete proposals on the suspension of patents on vaccines against COVID-19, but until then has been acting like no other global actor, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva has said.

Portugal ‘will fight to last minute’ to seal migration pact

Portugal's EU Presidency "will fight until the last minute of its term of office" for an agreement on the Pact on Migration and Asylum proposed by the European Commission, the foreign minister said in the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Juncker: If Costa can’t succeed at social summit, no one can

Jean-Claude Juncker believes that Portugal will be able to achieve concrete results at the Porto Social Summit, commenting that if Prime Minister António Costa is not successful, "no one will be, because he is one of the best".

Portugal gets mandate to negotiate health technology assessment law

The Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union on Wednesday obtained a mandate from the member states to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a legislative proposal on Health Technology Assessment (HTA).
Politics 24-03-2021

Portugal will ‘do everything’ to ensure health passport by June

The Portuguese presidency of the EU will "do everything possible" to ensure that the legislative process for the implementation of a COVID-19 digital health certificate is completed by June, the Secretary of State for European affairs has said.

Lisbon, Brussels want citizens to participate now in Conference on the Future of Europe

The Portuguese presidency of the Council and the European Commission today indicated that it wants citizens to start participating in the Conference on the Future of Europe now, even before the formal launch planned for 9 May.

EU ministers to confirm budget rule suspension in May

EU countries agree with the criteria proposed by the European Commission to determine how long budgetary rules should be suspended for and should decide in May to continue the suspension in 2022, Portugal’s finance minister João Leão said on Tuesday (16 March).

EU Presidency: Council meeting on migration ‘extremely constructive’

EU foreign and home affairs ministers had an “extremely constructive” joint meeting on Monday that gives confidence that progress can be made on the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, Portugal’s interior minister Eduardo Cabrita has said.

Seven EU countries have not yet submitted recovery plans

The European Commission reiterated on Thursday (11 March) that the remaining seven EU member states have to submit their national recovery plans by the end of April in order to access the funds.

Jointly steered Conference on Future of Europe awaits go-ahead

The European Union's Conference on the Future of Europe could this week finally get the green light, when member states and the European Parliament give their verdict on the joint declaration negotiated under the aegis of Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU.

EU states find common ground in first debate over trade policy

Portugal's foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva said the first discussion among EU member states over the European Union's future trade policy was "an excellent starting point," although tough debates on trade and climate policy have yet to be addressed.
The Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union wants to quickly conclude an agreement with the European Parliament on the provisions of the EU law on privacy in electronic communications to combat child sexual abuse on the internet.
Digital & Media 23-02-2021

Portugal wants deal on EU privacy law to combat online child sex abuse

The Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union wants to quickly conclude an agreement with the European Parliament on the provisions of the EU law on privacy in electronic communications to combat child sexual abuse on the internet....

EU27 accept Portuguese idea on Conference on the Future of Europe

EU member states gave the 'green light' on Wednesday (3 February) to the format proposed by the Portuguese presidency for the Conference on the Future of Europe, which is due to start next May, European sources told Lusa.pt.

EU must not lose ‘momentum’ for dialogue offered by Biden, Portugal says

Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told EU lawmakers on Tuesday (26 January) that the bloc should not lose the new momentum offered by Joe Biden's administration to relaunch dialogue with the United States.

Portuguese minister: Fiscal discipline suspension should continue due to second wave

Portugal's finance minister said on Monday (25 January) that the stimulus to the European economy must be maintained until the COVID-19 pandemic “loses momentum”.