Portugal has presented its programme in the framework of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, including the implementation of actions and financial instruments to promote a coordinated response to COVID-19.
The Portuguese Presidency will last from January 2021 to June 2021, focusing on three main priorities:
- Promoting a European recovery boosted by the green and digital transitions.
- Delivering on the European Union’s Social Pillar.
- Strengthening the strategic autonomy of a Europe that is open to the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the life of all EU citizens, and its socio-economic consequences are an unprecedented challenge for the EU and its Member States.
One of the main priorities of the Portuguese Presidency is to respond to these challenges and promote the recovery from the crisis, by implementing the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 and the EU Next Generation Instrument (Next Generation EU).
In addition, it will also pay special attention to enhance and strengthen the European social model, towards a stronger, fairer and more inclusive social Europe that ensures no one is left behind during the health crisis.
Social Summit in Porto on 7-8 May, the Portuguese Presidency, together with European
institutions, Member States, social partners and civil society, will give
political impetus to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social
Rights, with the central topics employment, qualifications, and social
Access the Programme here.