EU Council Presidency

20-04-2021

EU Council adopts conclusions on Indo-Pacific cooperation strategy

The Council of the European Union, currently presided over by Portugal, adopted on Monday  (19 April) conclusions on the EU strategy for cooperation with the Indo-Pacific region, advocating stability and an "open and fair" environment for trade and investment.
19-04-2021

Portugal: Europe needs ‘comprehensive, balanced view’ of Asia

The European Union must adopt a “comprehensive and balanced view” on Asia, Portugal’s minister of foreign affairs has told a conference, stressing the “enormous challenges” posed by the United States-China-Russia triangulation.
16-04-2021

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.
Climate change 15-04-2021

Africa seeks Europe’s support to invest in ecological transition

Africa is the continent that contributes least to climate change, yet it is impacted more harshly than others and lacks support to innovate, says the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council, which organised an EU-Africa Green Talk in Paris on Tuesday (13 April).
15-04-2021

Lisbon, New Delhi expect to restart EU-India talks in May

Portugal has said it hopes to resume negotiations on trade and investment between the EU and India at a summit between EU leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Porto on 8 May.
14-04-2021

Kyriakides: Lifting patents is not way forward to produce more vaccines

Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides on Tuesday (13 April) acknowledged the need to accelerate production of COVID-19 vaccines but stressed that lifting patents is not a way forward and that other options are under consideration.
08-04-2021

Energy ministers urge for regulatory framework on hydrogen

European energy ministers on Wednesday highlighted the need to create a stable regulatory framework for hydrogen in the European Union, capable of attracting private investors into a competitive and predictable market.
07-04-2021

EU social summit offers prospect to move ‘from principles to action’, presidency says

Portugal's Secretary of State for European affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, assured Lusa on Tuesday that there is a prospect of moving "from principles to action" at the planned Social Summit of the European Union to be held next month in Porto, which is to be a centrepiece of the country's six-month presidency of the Council of the EU.
01-04-2021

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.
31-03-2021

Airbnb welcomes common tax framework for digital platforms

Airbnb has welcomed the agreement reached among EU member states to create a common tax reporting framework for digital platforms, which will require sales to be reported to the tax authorities.
30-03-2021

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.
29-03-2021

Portuguese EU Presidency vows to adopt new Erasmus+ in June

Portugal's minister of education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, has welcomed the European Commission's launch of its proposed Erasmus+ exchange programme for the period 2021-2027, pledging to work towards its formal adoption and announcing its official launch on 18 June in Viana do Castelo, in northern Portugal.
26-03-2021

Barroso calls for more European support for global vaccination

President of the Global Alliance for Vaccines (Gavi), José Manuel Barroso, on Thursday called on the European Union to accelerate access to vaccines in developing countries by increasing multilateral contributions and donating excess doses through the Covax platform. “We have...
25-03-2021

Portugal gets mandate to negotiate health technology assessment law

The Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union on Wednesday obtained a mandate from the member states to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a legislative proposal on Health Technology Assessment (HTA).
Politics 24-03-2021

Portugal will ‘do everything’ to ensure health passport by June

The Portuguese presidency of the EU will "do everything possible" to ensure that the legislative process for the implementation of a COVID-19 digital health certificate is completed by June, the Secretary of State for European affairs has said.
24-03-2021

Lisbon, Brussels want citizens to participate now in Conference on the Future of Europe

The Portuguese presidency of the Council and the European Commission today indicated that it wants citizens to start participating in the Conference on the Future of Europe now, even before the formal launch planned for 9 May.
23-03-2021

EU adopts €5billion fund to train and equip foreign military forces

Despite criticism from European lawmakers and advocacy groups, the EU adopted the €5 billion worth French-brokered European Peace Facility (EPF) on Monday (22 March), which will open the door for the bloc to deliver military aid to partner countries and...
Politics 22-03-2021

EU’s Vestager has ‘reservations’ about online privacy proposals

Margrethe Vestager, the executive vice-president of the European Commission, said on Friday (19 March) that she has "reservations" about a proposal from the Portuguese EU Presidency to unblock negotiations on the ePrivacy regulation.
19-03-2021

Presidencies for sale?

The practice of multinational companies sponsoring the governments which hold the EU's rotating presidency, while lobbying the same ministers, is a rotten practice that must stop, write Vicky Cann, Suzy Sumner, and Manuel Araujo.
17-03-2021

EU ministers to confirm budget rule suspension in May

EU countries agree with the criteria proposed by the European Commission to determine how long budgetary rules should be suspended for and should decide in May to continue the suspension in 2022, Portugal’s finance minister João Leão said on Tuesday (16 March).
16-03-2021

EU Presidency: Council meeting on migration ‘extremely constructive’

EU foreign and home affairs ministers had an “extremely constructive” joint meeting on Monday that gives confidence that progress can be made on the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, Portugal’s interior minister Eduardo Cabrita has said.
12-03-2021

Portugal wants online terror content removed within an hour

One priority of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU is to conclude the legislative process that will allow terrorist content placed on the Internet to be eliminated in just one hour, Portugal's minister of internal affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, said in Madrid on Thursday (11 March).
12-03-2021

Seven EU countries have not yet submitted recovery plans

The European Commission reiterated on Thursday (11 March) that the remaining seven EU member states have to submit their national recovery plans by the end of April in order to access the funds.
11-03-2021

Portugal convenes EU ‘recovery summit’ in June

Portugal will hold a high-level summit in Lisbon on 21 June focused on the recovery plans of the 27 EU member states, defending "smart fiscal policies" in response to the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic.