During the first half of 2021, Portugal holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, assuming the important role of planning and presiding over meetings of the Council of the European Union and its preparatory instances and representing it in its relations with the other EU institutions.
This is the 4th occasion that our country has performed these important functions since joining the European Union in 1986 and we are very pleased in Canberra to do the widest possible public disclosure of Portugal's action during our presidency of the European Union.
For the exercise of the Presidency, Portugal established the following main priorities: the promotion of European economic and social recovery fostered by climate and digital transitions; the implementation of the European Union's Social Pillar as an essential element to ensure a fair and inclusive climate and digital transition and the strengthening of the strategic autonomy of Europe open to the world, with a commitment to work for a resilient, social, green, digital European Union and global.
Against the background of an extremely adverse current situation of the Covid-19 global pandemic, which has significantly affected the European Union and its Member States in many different aspects, the trio of Presidencies of the EU Council, which comprises Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, have adopted an 18-month program that covers the main priorities of the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024, namely the importance of protecting citizens and freedoms; the development of a strong and dynamic economic base; building up a neutral climate impact; to promote European interests and values on the world stage; to agree quickly on the next Multiannual Financial Framework and related sectoral programs and to seek a comprehensive partnership with the United Kingdom.
In this framework, we are pleased to invite everyone to consult and follow the 2021PORTUGAL.EU portal, designed to promote and publicize the action developed by our country during the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, certain that it will be a particular moment of affirmation of the Portuguese contribution to the strengthening and consolidation of the European project.
Pedro Rodrigues da Silva