The term presidency of the European Union (EU) passed from Germany to Portugal as of January 1. In the EU, where Portugal will hold the term presidency for the fourth time in its history. The main agendas in the next 6 months will continue to focus. On the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) and Brexit.
The implementation of the EU’s decisions to reduce the socioeconomic impact of the epidemic in this process. It is expect to focus on the environment created by the vaccination process and the results of the Brexit agreement.
Although an agreement reached for the EU’s 2021-2027 budget and the bailout plan under the German term. Completion of all technical elements will be managed under Portugal’s leadership so that funds begin to reach the member states.
Foreign policy experts, due to the veto that Hungary and Poland lifted on the distribution of EU funds. “It will be challenging, Portugal must play a role in ensuring that things get done on time”
The Portuguese Presidency also entered into force on 1 January following the trade agreement reached between Brussels and London. It will also make visible how Brexit works, where Britain is no longer part of the EU’s market and customs union.
Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, in his statements to the press on this issue. Referring to the diplomatic alliance of Portugal and England dating back to the 14th century, and the second residence of many Britons today. “Portugal can be a good mediator in this new process that will start with England.”
Priorities of the EU in recent years, ecological and digital transition plans will also come to the fore during Portugal’s term presidency.
The rotating EU presidency will pass to Slovenia on 1 July, after Portugal.