MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
Prime Minister António Costa welcomed the elected President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and conveyed to him Portugal’s priorities for the immediate future of the European Union during a working meeting in Lisbon. António Costa and Charles Michel, Belgian Prime Minister, also visited a place for startup companies, and Ribeira das Naus.
The Prime Minister noted that Portugal considered ‘essential that an agreement should be reached as soon as possible to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union without agreement in order to maintain the best future relationship’.
He also stated that Portugal considers it ‘very important that the approval of the next multiannual financial framework be made as soon as possible in order to avoid discontinuities in the transitions of the financial frameworks’, especially as’ the new financial framework is very important in order to maintain dynamics of our economic growth and for Europe to maintain good economic dynamics in a context of uncertain world ‘.
António Costa also pointed out “the concerns already known in these negotiations: the preservation of the cohesion fund and the funds provided for in the second pillar of the common agricultural policy, which are for rural development, and which are of the utmost importance to Portugal. ».
The Prime Minister thanked Charles Michel for his visit “as President-elect of the European Council”, wishing him “all the best for the mandate that will begin on 1 December”.
António Costa said that both worked together for years, underlining that Charles Michel “has always had a very constructive spirit, has a great political experience, and a great ability to build bridges, which are essential qualities for the presidency of the European Council.”
The Prime Minister also thanked the President-elect’s concern “to seek to know Portugal’s priorities for the immediate future of the European Union.”
Listen to population expectations
The President-elect of the European Council (which brings together the Union’s Heads of State or Government) stated that “this meeting is very important because it aims to enable me to actively listen to the priorities of the Portuguese population, what are their expectations in this European project. , through Government messages’.
Charles Michel said that he addressed with Antonio Costa “some key issues for the future”, highlighting firstly the “future of the budget, the financial capacity not only of theoretical budgets, but to know with that budget what services Europe can provide”. provide to rediscover the priorities linked to the European project ‘.
The President-elect of the Council mentioned among them the priorities ‘on climate change, on economic and social convergence, on supporting a European green deal to create jobs and innovation that pull back the climate threat’. , and how to meet the challenge of immigration ».
Charles Michel and the Portuguese Prime Minister also addressed ‘the Council’s work agenda for improving decision-making capacity’.
The Belgian Prime Minister underlined that “the European project rests on the values we share: beyond differences and diversity, we are convinced that we can work together to create an area of peace, security, prosperity, development and as a guiding line the conception of the respect and the dignity of the people ».
The President-elect also thanked him for his welcome, referring to the “pleasure of discovering projects, namely starups with an innovative and inspiring project that illustrates well what I want for the European Union”, ie “the ability to put people to to work together, to connect, to unite, to be creative, to be innovative and positive, to look to the future.
Charles Michel also congratulated António Costa on the legislative elections, saying that in recent years he had “the opportunity to be side by side with António Costa at the European meetings and I realized that we could work together constructively because we share this hope of a new impetus to the project. European”.
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