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Portuguese FM: EU enlargement could be ‘great achievement’ for Slovenia

Portugal's foreign minister, Augusto Santos Silva, said on Thursday (24 June) that the launch of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania would be "a major achievement" of Slovenia's upcoming EU Presidency.
Economy & Jobs 19-05-2021

EU’s outermost regions could be ‘immunological labs’, Portugal says

The far-away European Union territories could become "immunological laboratories" by accelerating and achieving full vaccination of the population there, Portugal's Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias said on Tuesday (18 May).

Portugal to proceed against Poland, Hungary for violation of European values

Portugal's minister of foreign affairs reaffirmed on Monday the intention of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU to move forward with the proceedings against Poland and Hungary for suspected violations of European values.

Right conditions in place for safe tourism in summer, EU’s Breton says

The European Union already has the right conditions in place for a "safe reopening" of tourism in the summer, its commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton, said on Friday (14 May), while warning that the recovery of the sector "will still take time" after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.
Energy 23-04-2021

Brussels urges 27 to ‘make the most’ of energy efficiency funds

The European commissioner for energy, Kadri Simson, said on Thursday (22 April) that member states should take advantage of the European Union's historic €1.8 trillion budget and recovery fund to invest in energy efficiency.

Commissioner supports modernising, expanding EU railways

European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform Elisa Ferreira has expressed her support for expanding railways in the European Union, calling for investment in modernisation and regional connections.

Expert: Porto summit can be ‘historic moment’ of EU social rights

The President of the European Foundation for Progressive Studies, Maria João Rodrigues, has said the Porto Social Summit pushed forward by Portugal’s EU Presidency, can be a "historic moment" of Europe's commitment to social rights.

Social pillar will define next decade of European policy, EU official says

The action plan for a European Pillar of Social Rights will mark the next decade of European policies, European Commission advisor on social rights José António Vieira da Silva has said.

EU vaccination certificate will allow ‘resuming normality’, says Portuguese minister

A proposal for an EU-wide vaccination certificate, due to be presented this month by the European Commission, will allow “resuming normality” in the daily lives of European citizens in the best possible conditions, Portugal's health minister Marta Temido has said.

‘New economic model’ needed to deal with climate change, EU presidency says

Europe's current economic model "has no future" and does not respond to "major environmental challenges", Portugal's prime minister António Costa said on Friday, calling for the adoption of new models such as the circular economy and sustainable bioeconomy.

Portugal pushes for EU meeting with Biden before July

Portugal’s EU Presidency is working to have a meeting with the US President during the first half of the year, the secretary of state for European affairs has said.
Technology 26-02-2021

European industry more competitive if digital transition investment made now: Vestager

European Commission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager said on Thursday (25 February) that European industry would be "even more competitive in a digital future" if it starts investing "now" in people, technology and the right regulatory frameworks.

EU Commission warns of disorderly recovery from 2020 crisis

Not all EU countries will recover from the economic losses of 2020 at the same pace, the European Commission said on Monday (22 February), calling for a “strong joint response” from all 27 EU member states.

Portugal defends ‘geopolitical’ importance of EU-Mercosur trade deal

Portugal’s secretary of state for internationalisation, Eurico Brilhante Dias, defended the importance of the EU-Mercosur agreement, not only in the field of trade, but also at "geopolitical and geostrategic" level.

Commission seeks to mitigate inequalities between children in distance learning

The European Commission has called on member states to invest in equipment and training to mitigate “inequalities between children” which have been highlighted by the use of distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance learning has been adopted by schools...
EU Priorities 2020 22-01-2021

Israel urges Portugal to rekindle EU links

Israel hopes that Portugal will be able to convince the EU to reconvene the Israel-EU Association Council during the Portuguese presidency of the European Union, the country's envoy said on Thursday (21 January).

Portuguese minister: Vaccination certificate to abolish testing at EU borders

A vaccination certificate under discussion in the EU should act as proof of safety and lift certain requirements at the EU's internal borders, Portugal's Minister of the Interior Eduardo Cabrita has said. 

Cyprus pins hopes on Portugal to steer EU migration pact

“There is no better member state of the EU than Portugal to deal successfully” with negotiations on the European Pact on Migration and Asylum, Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Wednesday (6 January). EURACTIV’s media partner Lusa reports.