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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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...
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).
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.
“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.