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).

Minister: Detachment from NATO would widen divisions in the EU

Any attempt to distance the European Union from NATO would only deepen the divisions among EU member states, Portugal's defence minister, João Gomes Cravinho, has said, arguing instead that the mechanisms of cooperation between the two partners should be improved.

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. 

Breton: Jab certificates not enough to ensure free movement

COVID-19 vaccination certificates are “important but not sufficient” to ensure the resumption of free movement within the EU during the pandemic, EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said on Tuesday (19 January), adding instead that rapid tests should also be introduced.