The assistant secretary general of the PS, José Luís Carneiro, said this Wednesday that the Portuguese presidency of the European Union ended, from the point of view of the Socialist Party, “in a very positive way”, despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic.

The Portuguese presidency of the European Union ended this Wednesday and “from the point of view of the Socialist Party, it ended in a very positive way, despite all the limitations imposed by the covid-19 pandemic”, said José Luís Carneiro, in a message on Facebook.

It was about a deepening of European solidarity and cohesion and, on the other hand, a new strategic look at the world and at international cooperation and trade relations”, continued the assistant secretary general of the PS.

Regarding cooperation and solidarity, “I would like to highlight the Social Summit of Porto, in which for the first time the European Union takes on very clear, very objective responsibilities, so that by 2030 it can invest more in employment protection, in the qualification of citizens. and, particularly, in the fight against poverty and, among this, the fight against child poverty,” he added.

But this solidarity was also evident, namely in the way in which the vaccines were jointly acquired and, at the same time, in the attempt to guarantee vaccination as homogeneous as possible to ensure that immunization occurred symmetrically across the European Union”, highlighted.

In addition, the Portuguese presidency “also managed (…) to guarantee the covid-19 digital certificate to create better conditions for mobility, entry and circulation within the European space”.

With regard to the strategic dimension, “we cannot fail to value the meeting of European leaders with India”, stressed José Luís Carneiro.

The meeting with India means not only a historical meeting, a cultural meeting and an institutional meeting, but at the same time a willingness to start negotiations, with a view to guaranteeing higher levels of cooperation in international trade and also in the domain of new technologies and in the field of reciprocal investment between the European Union and also India”, he said.

José Luís Carneiro also highlighted the trade agreement closed with the United Kingdom, which he classified as “of the greatest strategic importance for the future of the European Union in the context of its relations with the Atlantic”.

The Portuguese presidency ended, he concluded, “with an immense effort made by the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, and by the entire Ministry of Foreign Affairs” and by “diplomats who in Portugal, who in Brussels, they tried to do their best to defend the interests of the European Union, naturally bearing a special mark on the way the Portuguese see and face world challenges”.

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