Joana Gomes

MEPs want COVID-19 restrictions standardised across Europe

European lawmakers have called on the EU to build upon the digital vaccination certificate as a major step forward in facilitating movement within the bloc during the pandemic by harmonising criteria for the imposition of coronavirus restrictions across member states.

Creative Europe programme to provide €2.5bn funding for culture sector

European Commissioner for Innovation and Research, Mariya Gabriel, has said that the Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme will focus on the "economic sustainability" and the "digital inclusion" of the cultural and creative sectors by funding projects for specific challenges.

Commission: EU future debate should focus on ‘genuine people’ not ‘Brussels bubble’

Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Vice-President for the Promotion of the European Way of Life, has underlined that the Future of Europe conference should focus on the "genuine people" and not the "Brussels bubble".
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).

Schmit: ‘Real problem’ that ‘too few’ social rights exist in EU

European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, underlined on Friday (7 May) that it is a real problem that "too few" social rights exist, calling for a collective duty of the EU to provide concrete answers to citizens.

Von der Leyen calls for African green deal

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Friday called for the creation of an African Green Deal which, like the European Green Deal, would be the "centrepiece" for Africa's recovery.

Commissioner: EU institutions to speak with ‘one voice’ at Future of Europe conference

European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica has underlined that the three European institutions - Parliament, Council and Commission - will speak with "one voice" through the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Energy 21-04-2021

Energy-efficient buildings should be ‘new normal’, says EU’s Simson

The European commissioner for energy, Kadri Simson, on Tuesday (20 April) underlined the importance of the 'Renovation Wave' strategy in combating energy poverty in the European Union, saying that sustainable, energy-efficient buildings should be "the new normal".
Energy 21-04-2021

Energy poverty ‘likely to increase’ once bank moratoriums are lifted

The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on Tuesday (20 April) called for "coordinated action" across the European Union to tackle energy poverty, warning that poverty is "likely" to increase once bank moratoriums are lifted.

Portuguese official: Socially excluded must join green, digital transition

Portugal's secretary of state for integration and migration said on Thursday that socially excluded populations should participate in the climate and digital transition, enhancing their opportunities, integration and participation in the labour market.

Vulnerable adult victims of hate crime struggle to file complaints

Portugal's minister of justice has said the main difficulty for vulnerable adult victims of hate crime or gender violence in Europe lies in making a complaint to the formal instances, as "fear" is the main barrier to overcome.

European Parliament wants EU funds to depend on rights such as equality

German Green MEP Terry Reintke, co-chair of the European Parliament's LGBTIQ intergroup, called for "strong limitations" so that EU funds can only be spent on projects respecting fundamental values such as equality.

Portugal seeking ‘clarification’ on environmental standards before EU-Mercosur trade deal

The Portuguese Foreign Minister has said that the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union is working with Mercosur countries on "additional clarification" on environmental standards in the trade agreement negotiated with the EU.

Portugal considers including unapproved vaccines on EU certificates

Portugal's secretary of state for European affairs acknowledged on Tuesday that vaccines not certified by the EMA but are already circulating in Europe might be included in the EU digital vaccination certificate due to be presented soon by the Commission.

Portugal to table proposals to resume intra-EU travel ‘as soon as possible’

Portugal's minister of economy and digital transition on told an informal meeting of European Union ministers with responsibility for tourism that, as holder of the EU Council presidency, the country would propose measures to "resume as soon as possible movement" between EU member states.

‘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 wants EU defence, security partnership with UK

The European Union should create “broad structures of partnership” with the United Kingdom on defence and security policy, Portuguese defence minister João Gomes Cravinho said on Friday (19 February).

EU presidency trio assesses European defence policy progress

Portugal’s defence minister, João Gomes Cravinho, held a videoconference with his German counterpart and the Slovenian secretary of state on Wednesday (3 February) to take stock of “developments in European defence policy”. The presidency trio comprises the current presidency of...

Member states should create ‘synergies’ between recovery plans, Horizon Europe R&I programme – minister

Portugal’s science, technology and higher education minister on Wednesday highlighted the need to prioritise the relationship between science and employment, open collaborative research and career development in the areas of innovation and research. Manuel Heitor, speaking at a videoconference on...

Breton: EU recovery fund should help tourism sector become ‘more resilient’

The EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund should be used to help tourism "emerge more resilient from the crises ahead," the EU's internal market commissioner Thierry Breton said on Thursday (21 January).
Portugal's minister for economic affairs said on Thursday (7 January) that Portugal intends to take forward negotiations on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Law during the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
Digital & Media 07-01-2021

Portugal vies to push ahead with new EU digital regulation

Portugal's minister for economic affairs said on Thursday (7 January( that Portugal intends to take forward negotiations on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Law during the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).