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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.

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.

Portugal to ‘immediately follow up’ on Commission’s EU-Mercosur proposal

Portugal will "immediately follow up" on the proposal for further clarification of the EU-Mercosur agreement that the European Commission presents, the foreign minister said on Monday, reiterating that he "strongly" expects progress on this matter during the Portuguese presidency.

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.

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.
Digital 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.

Portugal wins EU support for corporate tax transparency law

Portugal’s EU Presidency on Thursday (25 February) won broad support form EU countries to move forward with the European public country-by-country reporting directive, which aims to make multinationals publish information on where they make profits and pay taxes.

Portuguese minister: EU countries should start receiving funds by June

Portugal's minister of planning, Nelson de Souza, said on Wednesday (26 February) that member states that have their recovery and resilience plans approved by April should receive the first funds by June.
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 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....

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 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).

Commission wants to ‘explore options’ for India trade, investment

The European Commission said on Thursday (18 February) that it wants to "explore options" for expanding the EU’s trade and investment with India, notably ahead of the summit scheduled for May in Porto as part of Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU.

EU adopts temporary measures to help transport sector

The Council of the European Union on Monday (16 February) adopted temporary measures to help the transport sector, which has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the relaxation of rules regarding airport slots and the extension of the validity of driving licences.

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.
Politics 10-02-2021

Porto EU social summit expected to focus on youth

The European Commission wants to promote a "strong social dimension" at the May summit in Porto, as part of the Portuguese EU Council presidency, advocating a focus on young people who are facing a "difficult period" due to the COVID-19 crisis​​​​​​​.

China is an economic partner but US is an ally, Portuguese FM insists

Portugal's foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva said on Tuesday (10 February) that China is no substitute for the United States, emphasising that Beijing is an economic partner while Washington is an ally.

Eight EU countries have not yet submitted recovery plans to Brussels

Eight EU member states have yet to submit their national recovery and resilience plans to the European Commission to access EU post-crisis funds for COVID-19, while 19 countries have already done so, including Portugal. Asked on Tuesday by EURACTIV’s media...

France ‘won’t sign this EU-Mercosur deal’

France "will not sign at this stage" the trade liberalisation agreement between the EU and Mercosur, the French foreign trade minister said on Thursday (4 February), adding he "expects guarantees" from the South American bloc on "environment and health standards.

Portugal to meet with Frontex to ensure ‘European law’ is respected

Portugal will organise a meeting with the board of directors and the executive director of Frontex to ensure "European law" and "established rules" are respected, Eduardo Cabrita, Portugal's minister for internal administration, said on Thursday (4 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...

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.

Portugal, Argentina vow to progress on EU-Mercosur agreement

Portugal and Argentina, which hold the presidencies of the EU Council and Mercosur respectively, have agreed to make progress on the outstanding issues for the entry into force of the EU-Mercosur agreement, Argentina’s government has announced. 

EU security, defence missions in Africa do not translate into ‘real political influence’, says minister

The financial efforts and missions of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in Africa do not translate into "real political influence", Portugal's defence minister, João Gomes Cravinho, argued on Thursday (28 January).
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