MIL OSI Translation. Mediterranean Region: Portugal – Prime Minister António Costa met with European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and nominee Commissioner Elisa Ferreira, thanking Carlos Moedas for what he did for the country at the European Commission, and Elisa Ferreira for accepting his invitation to join the Commission.
In a statement following the meeting with the Commissioner-designate, the Prime Minister wished Elisa Ferreira “best wishes in the performance of her duties” at the next European Commission.
António Costa said that he had “the privilege of working several times with Elisa Ferreira – we were colleagues of the Government, colleagues in the Assembly of the Republic and the European Parliament” – and followed his whole career.
Elisa Ferreira «is a woman who has extensive political experience in Portugal, a great knowledge of the territory, for her experience in the North Regional Coordination and Development Commission, where she developed the pioneering work of creating the Vale do Ave integrated development operation, She then wants to be Minister of Planning and Minister of Environment.
She also has “a vast European experience” and has “contributed to developing very important policies in response to the crisis as coordinator of the socialist group in the European Parliament”.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the way Elisa Ferreira “has worked over the past year as deputy governor of Banco de Portugal, contributing greatly to its credibility, namely in the supervisory role”.
“I am therefore confident that it is someone who has all the personal, technical, political and European-level competences to honor Portugal as a Commissioner,” he said, adding that “the Government has always said that it would choose the person with the right profile for it.” area ‘.
Answering questions from journalists, António Costa said that “the Governments and Commissioners-designate have committed themselves to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who would be announcing the briefings of the different Commissioners.”
The choice of the Commission is’ a complex exercise because it has to be done by the President of the Commission given that there are 27 Member States with the choices of each of the Governments, that there are several political families, that there are regional balances, gender balances, and there is the profile of each person according to each area of responsibility ‘.
“Portugal supported from the outset the criteria defined by Ursula von der Leyen, namely as regards gender balance, and in the dialogue that took place between Portugal and the President of the Commission, several names were considered and we concluded that the right choice for the role was Elisa Ferreira . I am very pleased and Ursula von der Leyen is also very pleased with the choice, ”he said.
The College of Commissioners has yet to be approved by the European Council, which comprises the Heads of State or Government of the member countries, and the European Parliament, which has the final vote.
«Carlos Moedas was a tireless defender of Portugal»
In a statement at the end of the meeting with Carlos Moedas, the Prime Minister expressed “a great pride in the way Portugal has, over the last five years, been represented at the European Commission by Carlos Moedas. It was a great pleasure for me to witness all the compliments I heard from all my colleagues, Heads of Government or State, and the tremendous recognition throughout Europe for the excellent work done by Carlos Moedas as Commissioner in charge. Science and Innovation ”.
“As Prime Minister I want to thank the impeccable way in which we have always had a very close relationship,” he said, adding that “always respecting the independence of a European Commissioner, Carlos Moedas was a tireless defender of the Portuguese and Portugal in all circumstances.” .
“The country owes him a lot” and “in all circumstances, and some very difficult, during the last four years, Carlos Moedas has been essential,” said António Costa.
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