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Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

13-07-2021 News

From 1st January to 30th June 2021, Portugal took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the fourth time, under the motto ‘Time to deliver: a fair, green and digital recovery’. For six months, and under the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portuguese Presidency focused mostly on Europe’s recovery, specifically through the climate and digital transitions, the Social Pillar of the European Union and Europe’s strategic autonomy.

Marking the end of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council, we bring you some of the biggest results and achievements of the last six months:

  • Approval of the European Climate Law, putting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050;
  • The Porto Social Summit, which resulted in the adoption of the Porto Declaration on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the EU-India Summit with EU leaders and the Indian Prime Minister, reinforcing cooperation in areas such as economy, investment, climate, space and digital;
  • Approval of the EU Digital COVID Certificate as a way to resume and facilitate free and safe circulation within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Fiscal Transparency: conclusion of the proposal on the tax transparency of large multinational companies.

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