Numerous challenges for Portugal in the rotating presidency of the EU

He has six months of hard work ahead of him. Portugal will try to fulfill the arduous task that awaits it in its recently inaugurated presidency of the European Union. Both Lisbon and Brussels will have to put into practice the achievements made during the German administration. The pandemic is, still today, a great threat to the community bloc.

“Fear feeds populism. If we want to combat this populism we have to give citizens confidence. And we have to give them confidence to confront fear. Today what we all fear is the coronavirus. And that is why why vaccination is essential “, declares the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa.

“The possibility of joint success that we will have this year 2021, with an effective distribution of the vaccine, is the essential condition for a new economic and social relaunch”, says Charles Michel, President of the European Council.

In the coming months, the EU will also have to implement the Brexit agreement, reached with the United Kingdom on December 24.

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