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Enlargement 22-05-2022

Zelenskyy warns only diplomacy can end war, rejects alternative to EU enlargement

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned only a diplomatic breakthrough rather than an outright military victory can end Russia's war on his country, while pushing its case for EU membership.
Global Europe 20-05-2022

US aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

The White House is working to put advanced anti-ship missiles in the hands of Ukrainian fighters to help defeat Russia's naval blockade, officials said, amid concerns more powerful weapons that could sink Russian warships would intensify the conflict.
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2022

How Portugal became Europe’s accidental ‘bitcoin heaven’

As governments slowly shackle the crypto industry with regulations and obligations, Portugal is increasingly isolated in Europe -- a place with few rules that investors describe as a crypto paradise.
Energy 17-03-2022

Portugal seeks to position itself as Europe’s ‘new gateway for gas’

The European Union will struggle to cut dependence on Russian gas, but must do so to avoid possible supply shortfalls next winter, a Portuguese minister said on Wednesday (16 March), adding Portugal's liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports could help.
Global Europe 11-03-2022

Portugal says question of Abramovich citizenship depends on inquiry

Portugal said on Thursday it would not strip the citizenship of Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich because that measure was not part of EU sanctions against Russian oligarchs, but his nationality status could change depending on an inquiry.
Agrifood 18-02-2022

MEPs, Commission share concerns over ‘severe’ Iberian drought

As Spain and Portugal are hit by the worst drought in 15 years, MEPs have voiced worries over the situation. EU Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli raised hopes that support could come from funds in the EU's farming subsidies programme.
Technology 11-02-2022

Digital Brief powered by Google: Chips Act, Google Analytics strike two

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “With the European Chips Act, we are putting out the investments and the strategy. But the key to our...
Climate change 01-02-2022

Drought prompts Portugal to order hydropower dams to limit water use

Facing a worrying winter drought, Portugal's government on Tuesday (2 February) ordered some of the country's hydropower dams to temporarily limit water use for electricity production and irrigation, prioritising human consumption instead.
Elections 25-01-2022

Portugal’s flourishing far right target Roma ahead of vote

Portugal's far-right Chega party has adopted a harsh line against the country's Roma population ahead of Sunday's snap election, accusing the community of welfare benefits abuse and crime.

Portuguese lithium, fuel of Europe’s electric vehicle revolution?

Portugal next year could approve lithium mining that will reduce Europe's dependence on outside sources for a key ingredient in the frenetic global race to decarbonise the auto industry.
Transport 15-12-2021

Environmentalists take Portuguese government to court again over new Lisbon airport

The Lisbon airport project is headed to court again after eight environmental organisations said they consider the strategic environmental assessment, which does not allow for alternatives, to be illegal.
Technology 05-11-2021

Inside Portugal’s bid to become a ‘startups factory’

A new body to promote tech entrepreneurship, an enhanced funding programme, a flagship tech event - all these recent signs point to Portugal’s new ambition to become an innovation hub.
Politics 10-09-2021

Jorge Sampaio, who showed extent of Portuguese presidential powers, dies at 81

Former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio, who made national history in 2005 with an extraordinary use of his powers to dissolve parliament and oust an unstable majority government, died on Friday (10 September) at the age of 81.
Economy & Jobs 03-08-2021

Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium get first tranches of EU recovery funds

Portugal, Luxembourg and Belgium on Tuesday received their first tranches of money from the 800 billion euro ($950.8 billion) EU recovery fund aimed at helping them rebound from the pandemic and make their economies greener and more digitalised.
Global Europe 28-06-2021

Delta variant spread upsets EU plans for return to relative normality

Moscow and Indonesia recorded their worst daily coronavirus death toll due to the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant, while various EU countries envisaged new restrictions, likely to upset their plans for a return to relative normality this summer.
Coronavirus 18-06-2021

Lisbon residents confined to region at weekends as COVID spikes

Residents of the Lisbon region will not be allowed to leave the area at weekends as authorities scramble to control a spike in COVID-19 infections, the government said on Thursday (17 June).
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Economy & Jobs 16-06-2021

Thinking about investing in Portugal? Think again.

In 2017, a coalition of institutional investors, including Pimco and Blackrock, boycotted an issuance of Portuguese bonds to protest the risks associated with actively investing in Portuguese public or private debt “as the Banco de Portugal still has not addressed...

Portugal’s Galp moves to green hydrogen at refinery, eyes €1bn investment

Portugal's Galp Energia plans to install a 100-megawatt electrolyser to power its refinery in Sines with green hydrogen by 2025, a project which could be expanded to up to 1,000 MW and be worth €1 billion, Chief Executive Andy Brown said on Monday (14 June).
Economy & Jobs 14-06-2021

Portugal investors demand bank bond money back or will boycott European fund

A group of international institutional investors coordinated by the Attestor Capital fund, on the hook for €2 billion in the Banco Espírito Santo case, want the European Commission to settle the case, warning that otherwise, they will not fund the post-pandemic economic recovery.
Global Europe 10-06-2021

Portugal handed data on anti-Putin protesters to Moscow

Authorities in the Portuguese capital admitted on Thursday (10 June) that they had handed over the personal details of three organisers of an anti-Kremlin demonstration to the Russian embassy in Lisbon, a move that has prompted much eyebrow-raising in Brussels.
Coronavirus 17-05-2021

Portugal opens to Schengen and UK tourists

Portugal will open to tourists from nearly all European countries from Monday (17 May), the interior ministry said, following months of restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

EU ministers in search of consensus on sustainable tourism

Portugal's secretary of state for tourism hopes that a high-level forum on Friday (14 May) will resolve "two major concerns": the commitment of member states to sustainable tourism and funding lines for this transformation.

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.
Health 01-04-2021

Expert: Portugal’s new anti-Legionella regime fits with EU tap water rules

The new Portuguese framework for the prevention and control of Legionnaires’ diseases is compatible with the flexibility allowed under the European Union’s overhauled tap water rules, a Portuguese health expert has told EURACTIV.com.