January 10, 2021
Portugal’s presidency of the EU Council: 1 January – 30 June 2021.
On the first day of 2021, the Portuguese Republic assumes the powers of the next rotating chair of the EU Council. The priorities of Portugal’s presidency are driven by its motto: “Time to deliver: a fair, green and digital recovery”.
The presidency programme focuses on five main areas, which are in line with the goals of the EU’s strategic agenda:
- strengthen Europe’s resilience
- promote confidence in the European social model
- promote a sustainable recovery
- speed up a fair and inclusive digital transition
- reaffirm the EU’s role in the world, ensuring that this is based on openness and multilateralism
It focuses on three main priorities: promoting economic recovery focused on the transition to advanced climate norms and digital technologies; establishing a European framework for social rights as a key element in the successful implementation of a just and inclusive climate and digital transition; strengthening the strategic autonomy of Europe open to the whole world.
The Portuguese presidency of the Council of the EU will focus on bringing the EU through the COVID-19 pandemic. It will promote a vision of the EU that is innovative, looks to the future and is based on common values of solidarity, convergence and cohesion.
SOURCE : AICEP, EUROPEAN COUNCIL