On the Eve of the Portuguese EU Council Presidency
The event will be livestreamed here.
Portugal will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2021 – and that at a difficult time. In 1986, the country joined what was then the EEC. Portugal, with around 10.3 million inhabitants, is a member of the Schengen area and the euro zone.
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to shape the agenda. In addition, difficult issues are on the negotiation table with the Multiannual Financial Framework, the Recovery Plan, the new European Pact on Migration and Asylum as well as the future relations with the United Kingdom. Portugal will also highlight long-term priorities, such as combating climate change, strengthening the EU’s global role, multilateralism, and enlargement issues. Furthermore, Portugal’s government will particularly focus on completing the Economic and Monetary Union and Europe’s digital future. Portugal’s government has e.g. already announced to draw up a “Charter of Digital Rights”. Regionally, Portugal is likely to concentrate on relations with India and Africa.
We cordially invite you to discuss the priorities of the Portuguese EU Council Presidency with representatives from Portugal and Germany.