EU Council Presidency

18-01-2021

Dombrovskis: Continued suspension of EU Stability Pact will depend on spring assessment

The suspension of the Stability and Growth Pact in 2022 will depend on economic developments, European Commission executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis told EURACTIV’s partner Lusa, pointing to a possible decision in the spring.
15-01-2021

Vaccination certificate ‘is a medical requirement’, says Von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (14 January) welcomed the Greek government's initiative allowing for vaccinated people to travel freely, and called for a mutually recognised vaccination certificate across European Union countries.
Outer space 14-01-2021

Space a ‘critical resource’ for green and digital transitions, Portuguese minister says

Portugal's minister for science, technology and higher education, Manuel Heitor, on Wednesday (14 January) described space as a "critical resource" in the EU green and digital transition and in promoting "a new future for Europeans".
14-01-2021

Lisbon wants Biden at the first EU Council meeting

Lisbon “would very much like” to have the first meeting during its EU Council presidency with new US President Joe Biden to discuss the new transatlantic agenda, said Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, said on Wednesday....
13-01-2021

UN refugee agency urges Portugal to show leadership on migration issue

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) asked Portugal on Tuesday to “show leadership” on the issue of migration during its presidency of the EU Council and “better protect refugees in Europe”. In a document entitled “UNHCR Recommendations for...
Digital 11-01-2021

EU Presidency: Measures planned to combat hate speech, radicalisation online

Portugal's government will foster "political and legislative steps" to combat hate speech, incitement to violence and the processes of radicalisation on social networks during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, the minister for foreign affairs said on Monday (11 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 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).
07-01-2021

Cyprus pins hopes on Portugal to steer EU migration pact

“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.
Politics 04-01-2021

PM Costa: Blocking EU-China deal because of the US would be a ‘terrible sign’

Europe must be an autonomous global actor and it would be “a terrible sign” if the EU blocked a recently concluded investment agreement with China in order to coordinate with Washington, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa told EURACTIV’s partner Lusa in an exclusive interview.
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