The French President, Emmanuel Macron, as we speak greeted the Portuguese presidency of the European Union (EU) for the holding of the Social Summit, scheduled for Might, in Porto, as a part of the assembly with the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa.
The French head of state, who was talking to journalists at a press convention, mentioned that the Portuguese EU presidency “intervenes at a particularly necessary second within the European response to the disaster, to construct a extra social, greener and extra sovereign Europe”.
Macron harassed that he can be “very comfortable” to take part within the Social Summit in Might, with a view to “strengthen the European Social Pillar”.
The Prime Minister, António Costa, was within the French capital as we speak for a working lunch with the French President, with the preparation of the Portuguese presidency of the European Union as the primary theme.
António Costa strengthened, earlier than the working lunch with Emmanuel Macron, that France is “a elementary pillar” of the European Union.
“France is a elementary pillar of the European Union and if we wish a robust European Union, we have to rely on France 100% within the European Union,” he mentioned.
For his half, the French President highlighted the second during which Portugal is assuming this presidency, specifically “a second when Europe responds to the disaster”.
“In a number of days, Portugal will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union and this presidency occurs at a time when Europe is responding to the disaster, with a social and inexperienced Europe”, mentioned the President.
Emmanuel Macron additionally recalled that this second of response to the disaster takes place within the “unsure Brexit” context and that each France and Portugal need “issues to occur in the very best means”, however defending European pursuits.
The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, in accordance with the Authorities, has as principal targets to have the European finances for 2021-2027 in execution by the tip of June and to finish the method of approval of the Member States’ plans for the appliance of the Fund’s funds. of post-pandemic restoration.
The third goal is that the European vaccination plan towards covid-19 is superior when the semester ends and that there’s a contribution from Europe to common vaccination worldwide, and the fourth is to provide “the definitive impulse” to the conclusion of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which may have the Social Summit as its spotlight in Might in Porto.
Lastly, the Authorities intends to contribute, throughout the presidency, to the opening of Europe to the world.