About: Antonio Costa

Elections 07-10-2019

Portugal’s ruling Socialists win election but fall short of outright majority

Portugal's ruling Socialists won Sunday's (6 October) parliamentary election but fell short of an outright majority, meaning Prime Minister António Costa will need to negotiate a new deal with one or both of his far-left allies in the previous legislature.
Politics 13-08-2019

Portugal government orders striking fuel drivers back to work

Portugal's government ordered striking fuel-tanker workers back to work in some parts of the country on Monday (12 August) after fuel supplies ran low at locations including Lisbon airport despite measures to counter the impact of the walkout.
Future EU 27-05-2019

Sánchez and Macron open the top EU jobs talk

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday (27 May) and is expected to lobby for several socialist and social-democrat candidates for EU top jobs, as member states and political groups start jockeying for position.
Politics 24-05-2019

#EU2019 – Loss of EU funds overshadows Portugal’s campaign for EU elections

The anticipated loss of European funds in the European Union's new long-term budget has been the main theme in the Portuguese EU election campaign, which are seen as a warming up for the national elections in October. EURACTIV’s media partner Lusa reports.
EU Elections 2019 23-05-2019

Borissov: Horsetrading for the EU top jobs has started

In his usual straightforward manner, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has disclosed that French President Emmanuel Macron has consulted him this week to prepare the summit on 28 May when the future EU top jobs will be discussed for the first time.
EU Elections 2019 15-05-2019

Why centrists in European Parliament are prepared to drop the term ‘liberal’

The incoming centrist group in the European Parliament should no longer be calling itself "liberal". This could also lead to the group leaning more towards the left. EURACTIV France reports.
China 06-12-2018

China hails ‘mutual respect’ as loops Portugal into Belt and Road

China will always stick to "mutual respect" in its efforts to deal with global challenges, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday (5 December) in Lisbon, where he signed agreements to link Portugal to Beijing's One Belt - One Road initiative.
Global Europe 26-09-2018

Portugal reaches agreement with Spain, France to welcome Aquarius migrants

The Portuguese government said on Tuesday (25 September) it had reached an agreement with Spain and France to welcome some of the migrants on board the last private rescue ship in the Mediterranean, after Italy refused to let the vessel dock.
Energy 30-07-2018

France, Spain, Portugal up energy links

France, Spain and Portugal agreed on 27 July to build an undersea power line in the Bay of Biscay as they up electricity links aimed at helping the Iberian peninsula out of its energy isolation.
Future EU 26-07-2018

Energy, EU reform on the agenda as Macron heads to Spain and Portugal

France's Emmanuel Macron makes his first visit as president to Spain and Portugal, starting Thursday, in his push to overhaul the EU, with the two southern allies seeking French help to connect their energy grids to Europe.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2018

Portuguese PM: eurozone needs fiscal leg for stability, growth

The eurozone will never reach its full potential and may face a new crisis in the future without a fiscal capacity, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa told the European Parliament on Wednesday (14 March).
Future EU 26-01-2018

Inspired by Europe’s comeback, EU leaders promise to ‘deliver’

The World Economic Forum missed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday (24 January), but presidents, prime ministers, and ministers from all EU countries were there to send the message that Europe is back.
Energy 25-01-2018

11 member states smash 2020 renewables targets early

Eleven EU countries have already met their 2020 renewable energy goals ahead of schedule while the bloc as a whole has reached 17%, just shy of the overall target with two years to go, according to new data from Eurostat.
Electricity 14-12-2017

France, Portugal and Spain to attend mini energy summit

Portugal will organise early next year a summit dedicated solely to energy interconnectors, as lawmakers work to end the Iberian peninsula’s energy market isolation.
Global Europe 17-10-2017

Tropical storm hits Europe, fuels wildfires in Portugal and Spain, batters Ireland

Tropical storm Ophelia killed at least 36 people in wildfires raging through Portugal and another three in Spain on Sunday and Monday (15 and 16 October). Three people died in Ireland as the storm battered the island’s southern coast, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre waves.
07-04-2017

Dijsselbloem clings onto Eurogroup job

President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem said today (7 April) he does not intend to resign before his mandate ends in January. He insisted that none of his EU counterparts had called for his resignation.
Elections 03-04-2017

Portugal raises wages and keeps deficit low

While the European left is largely struggling where it holds power, Portugal's government alliance stands out as a remarkable exception. It is raising wages and gaining popularity as well as delivering the lowest budget deficit in living memory.
Economic governance 23-03-2017

Indignation grows over Eurogroup chief’s ‘drinks and women’ remarks

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday (22 March) expressed "regret" over his comments that southern European countries blew their money on "drinks and women" but rejected calls to resign, despite a growing chorus of indignation.
Economy & Jobs 03-03-2017

French PM visits Athens to offer support on bailout talks

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, accompanied by Finance Minister Michel Sapin and Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir, will visit Greece today (3 March), aiming to offer political backing for the crucial bailout talks of the indebted country.
Euro & Finance 17-01-2017

Mixed bag of results for member state budgets from Commission

The European Commission said today (17 January) that Spain's budget for this year is "broadly" in line with EU targets and Portugal claimed that it met its 2016 goals. However, there were less positive signs from Italy and Lithuania.
Public Affairs 09-01-2017

Portugal, EU pay last respects to ex-leader Soares

Portugal on Sunday (8 January) prepared to pay its final respects to Mário Soares, widely seen as the father of the country's modern-day democracy, after the former president died in hospital, at the age of 92.
Elections 13-12-2016

Socialists declare end to EU institution grand coalition

The European Parliament grand coalition between the right-wing European People’s Party (EPP) and the Socialist and Democrats (S&D group) is over and cannot be re-established, said its chief, Gianni Pittella, today (13 December) during a news conference in Strasbourg.

Portugal’s Left Bloc says budget talks smooth, sees deal

Portugal's budget negotiations between the minority Socialist government and its left-wing backers in parliament are heading towards a deal that would involve providing more income to pensioners, the leader of the Left Bloc said on Tuesday (13 September).
Med & South 05-08-2016

Southern EU countries in push for anti-austerity alliance

The Greek government has invited the leaders of five southern EU countries, including France, Italy and Spain, to Athens in a bid to forge an anti-austerity alliance.

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