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  • Portugal has formally assumed the rotating presidency of the EU
  • The EU will particularly deal with COVID-19 vaccination and decreasing the socio-economic affect of the pandemic
  • Brexit may even stay on prime of the company for EU in coming six months

MADRID: Portugal has formally assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of European Union (EU) on Friday, with a motto of “a fair, green and digital recovery”.

The COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit would be the primary agenda of the EU for the subsequent six months below Portugal’s presidency, which it has taken over from Germany.

The EU will particularly deal with COVID-19 vaccination and decreasing the socio-economic affect of the pandemic.

The end result of the Brexit settlement may even be on the 27-member bloc’s agenda as the brand new commerce deal between London and Brussels might be carried out in 2021.

Portuguese Overseas Minister Augusto Santos Silva mentioned Portugal might be an “honest broker” below the phrases of the brand new take care of the UK (UK), pointing to the diplomatic alliance between Portugal and the UK courting again to the 14th century.

In an announcement saying the priorities of its time period presidency, Portugal pledged to “promote recovery leveraged by the climate and digital transitions.”

The nation additionally goals to implement a “European Pillar of Social Rights of the EU as a distinctive element for ensuring a fair and inclusive transition” in addition to strengthening Europe’s autonomy whereas remaining open to the world.

Portugal additionally plans to defend and consolidate the “rule of law” precept inside the EU, combating discrimination and selling pluralism within the media, in accordance with the assertion on the EU web site.

Though EU member states reached an settlement for the 2021-2028 funds and restoration plan below Germany’s time period presidency, the technical course of might be accomplished throughout Portugal’s time period presidency, with the funds set to succeed in 27 member states.

The postponed EU-Africa summit, commerce negotiations with India, and the ecological and digital transition course of may even be prioritized by the EU throughout the subsequent six months.

Some worldwide points, such because the latest developments within the Jap Mediterranean, Libya, and Syria in addition to the relations with Turkey and the EU may even be on the bloc’s agenda.

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

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