A Fair, Green and Digital recovery: objectives of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union
On January 1, Portugal began its six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union; its fourth since Portugal's accession to the EU in 1986 (previous Portuguese Presidencies: 1992, 2000, 2007). Portugal is preceded by Germany and will be followed by Slovenia, together forming the current "presidency trio".
The Portuguese have decided to focus on three major priorities, driven by the motto: "Time to deliver: a fair, green and digital recovery":
- Promoting Europe's recovery, leveraged by the climate and digital transitions
- Implementing the Social Pillar of the European Union as a key element for ensuring an inclusive climate and digital transition
- Strengthening Europe's strategic autonomy, keeping it open to the world
These priorities will be pursued through five action lines:
1. Resilient Europe: Promoting Europe's recovery, cohesion and values
The implementation of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027, together with the Next Generation EU Instrument (including the Recovery and Resilience Facility), will take a prominent role in the agenda, alongside the execution of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans. To ensure recovery, the Presidency will pay special attention to those economic sectors worst hit by the crisis: tourism and the creative industries.
2. Green Europe: Promoting the EU as a leader in climate action
3. Digital Europe: Accelerating digital transformation in the service of citizens and enterprises
4. Social Europe: Promoting and strengthening the European social model
5. Global Europe: Promoting Europe's openness to the world
The Portuguese Presidency makes use of sponsors for covering some of its needs. All sponsors are Portuguese and have recognised sustainability and social responsibility policies. To date, the Presidency has signed three contracts for in-kind sponsorship that will meet the needs in areas such as events.