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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.
The forthcoming Portuguese EU Presidency will put forward a 'Charter of Digital Rights' as part of its leadership of the European Council in the first half of 2021, a government official from the country has informed EURACTIV.
Digital & Media 28-10-2020

Portugal EU presidency to present ‘Charter of Digital Rights’

The forthcoming Portuguese EU presidency will put forward a 'Charter of Digital Rights' as part of its leadership of the European Council in the first half of 2021, a government official from the country has informed EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 23-10-2020

Portugal to invest €43 billion in large infrastructure by 2030

Portugal's prime minister announced €43 billion of public infrastructure investment on Thursday (22 October), including a high-speed rail link between Lisbon and the country's second largest city, Porto, to be carried out by 2030.
Global Europe 27-07-2020

Portugal on high alert as firefighters battle blaze

Portugal will go on high alert as more than 850 firefighters struggle to put out a fire sweeping across part of the country's central region on Sunday (26 July), with strong winds and high temperatures complicating efforts to tackle the blaze.
Electricity 15-07-2020

Portugal’s coal phase-out jumps forward by two years

Portuguese energy utility EDP has announced the closure of its Sines coal power plant, bringing forward the planned shutdown of coal-fired power plants in the country by two years, from 2023 to 2021.
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2020

Italy will not accept ‘weak compromise’ on EU recovery fund, PM says

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday (7 July) the European Union must act decisively to build a common response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, urging that support measures be activated rapidly.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Portugal pushes ahead with plans for state-owned development bank

Portugal's government approved on Thursday (18 June) plans to create a state-owned development bank to channel funds into certain companies and sectors to bolster the economy.
Future EU 17-06-2020

Trio-presidency programme: A relay with a German sprint

Germany, Portugal and Slovenia presented their joint EU presidency programme for the next 18 months on Tuesday (16 June), seeking to focus primarily on social recovery in the wake of the pandemic. Despite expectations, the 31 pages are otherwise filled with little substance. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2020

Centeno: Portugal today has a credible economic and budgetary policy

In his last interview as Portugal's finance minister, Mário Centeno, who is also the outgoing president of the Eurogroup, talked to the Portuguese broadcast RTP about his mandates, the relation with Prime Minister (PM) António Costa and the possibility of becoming the new governor of the Bank of Portugal.
Aviation 10-06-2020

Portugal’s €1.2bn airline bailout given EU blessing

The Portuguese government’s decision to grant national airline TAP a €1.2 billion rescue loan was approved by the European Commission’s competition authorities on Wednesday (10 June), which cited the carrier’s crucial role in the country’s tourism sector.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2020

Mario Centeno quits Eurogroup post, Portuguese government

Portuguese Finance Minister Mário Centeno, the Eurogroup's president, has resigned from government, following a period of less than idyllic relations with Prime Minister António Costa, and will be replaced by state secretary for budget João Leão.