Portugal is taking over, for the fourth time, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, until the 30 of June 2021, under the motto “Time to deliver: a fair, green and digital recovery”

The programme for the semester of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, adopted by the Council of Ministers on December 17, 2020, presents in detail the main priorities and lines of action of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The Portuguese Presidency’s priorities for Security and Defence policy include: the development of the Strategic Compass; Strengthening EU-Africa Relations and Partnership in peace and security; European Strategy for Maritime Security; a more ambitious EU-NATO relationship, with tangible results; a strong European Defence Economy; a resilient Europe prepared to deal with complex emergencies.

For a stronger European Defence Economy, idD Portugal Defence will promote, together with the relevant entities, the deepening of European cooperation in terms of capacity development, with a view to fostering the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) and the specific role of SMEs. In this sense, Portugal proposes the definition of a common approach to the European defence economy, through an inclusive, diversified and sustainable methodology.

Therefore, on May 24th, idD Portugal Defence will organize an International Seminar on the European Defence Economy at the CCB. We will also defend the operationalization of the European Defence Fund, seeking to guide it towards the development of critical technological sectors.

The current trio of Presidencies is made up of Germany (second half of 2020), Portugal (first half of 2021) and Slovenia (second half of 2021).