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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.

Scientists, NGOs says marine Cetambicion project is waste of ‘precious time’

France, Spain, and Portugal launched the joint Cetambicion marine project on 15 March to protect cetaceans in the Bay of Biscay, but researchers and civil society campaigners say it is a waste of 'precious' time. EURACTIV France reports.

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.

Expert: Porto summit can be ‘historic moment’ of EU social rights

The President of the European Foundation for Progressive Studies, Maria João Rodrigues, has said the Porto Social Summit pushed forward by Portugal’s EU Presidency, can be a "historic moment" of Europe's commitment to social rights.

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).
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Towards a ‘new normal’: What challenges for EU’s post-crisis Cohesion policy?

What effect will the COVID-19 pandemic have had on cohesion within the EU and what lessons can be learned from the crisis to strengthen the bloc in the future? These are some of the questions addressed in the European Policy Centre's report published on Thursday (18 February), a year after the start of the pandemic. EURACTIV France reports.

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.

MEPs threaten to sue over European Prosecutors’ appointments

The European Parliament is requesting all documentation concerning the nominations for the European Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) of the candidates from Belgium, Bulgaria and Portugal, where national ministers overruled the selection committee picks.

Revamped EU-India link could re-balance China ties, Portuguese FM says

Relations between the EU and India, especially in the context of an increasingly influential China, will be the central point of the Portuguese EU presidency, Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Coronavirus 28-01-2021

Germany sends medical experts to Portugal as hospitals face COVID-19 crisis

Hospitals in Lisbon flooded with COVID-19 patients are at risk of failing to meet soaring demand for oxygen, the head of Portugal's doctors association said as Germany sent military medics to the country to evaluate how they can help.
Coronavirus 27-01-2021

Portugal urged to seek international help as COVID-19 deaths hit record

Portugal's government was urged to transfer COVID-19 patients abroad on Tuesday (26 January) as deaths hit a record high and the oxygen supply system of a large hospital near Lisbon partly failed from overuse.
Health 21-01-2021

EU summit to weigh race between variants versus jabs

EU leaders will grapple Thursday (21 January) with the threat of new coronavirus variants whose spread risks outpacing the hope that vaccines will put a quickish end to the pandemic in Europe.
The European Commission in October asked Portugal’s communications regulator, Anacom, to clarify the terms of the auction of fifth-generation mobile telecommunications frequencies.
5G 26-11-2020

Portugal: EU asked telecoms regulator to clarify controversial 5G auction terms

The European Commission in October asked Portugal’s communications regulator, Anacom, to clarify the terms of the auction of fifth-generation mobile telecommunications frequencies.