Portugal takes over the rotating, presidency of the EU for six months

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MADRID: Portugal officially took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) on Friday with a motto of a – fair, green and digital recovery”

The COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit will be the EU’s main agenda for the next six months under the Portuguese Presidency, taking over from Germany.

Portugal
Portugal

The EU will specifically focus on COVID-19 vaccination and reduce the socio-economic impact of the pandemic’

The outcome of the Brexit agreement will also be on the agenda of the 27-member bloc, as the new trade agreement between London and Brussels will be implemented in 2021′

Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said Portugal could be an “honest mediator” under the new agreement with the United Kingdom, pointing to the diplomatic alliance between Portugal and the United Kingdom dating back to the 14th century”

In a statement announcing the priorities for its presidency, Portugal promised to “promote climate recovery and digital transitions.”.

The country also aims to implement a “European Pillar of Social Rights in the EU as a distinctive feature to ensure a fair and inclusive transition” as well as to strengthen Europe’s autonomy while being open to the world.”

Portugal also plans to defend and consolidate the “rule of law” within the EU, combat discrimination and promote media pluralism, according to the statement on the EU website.”

Although EU countries agreed on the budget and recovery plan for 2021-2028 during Germany’s term, the technical process will be completed during Portugal’s presidency with the means to reach 27 Member States.”

The postponed EU-Africa summit, trade negotiations with India and the ecological and digital transition process will also be prioritized by the EU over the next six months.”

Some international issues such as recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and Syria as well as relations with Turkey and the EU will also be on the bloc’s agenda.”

Slovenia will take over the EU presidency from Portugal on 1 July.”

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