PRESS RELEASE 054
Spain and Portugal address preparation of Porto Social Summit and launch of Conference on Future of Europe
18/03/2021

The State Secretary for the European Union, Juan González-Barba, met by video-conference with the State Secretary for European Affairs of Portugal, Ana Paula Zacarías, to exchange impressions on preparations for the upcoming Porto Summit in May.


The Summit, which will be the climax of the Portuguese Rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will be given over to the European Pillar of Social Rights and its importance for the post-Covid recovery. Spain and Portugal are two of the most active Member States in defending social affairs at a European level.


Juan González-Barba and Ana Paula Zacarías addressed the role that the Action Plan on the implementation of the Social Pillar - recently published by the European Commission - should play, as well as the importance of involving the social stakeholders in their discussions at the Summit. It is expected that the Plan, which establishes a series of social targets to reach by 2030, will be backed by both the Heads of State and Government and by the social stakeholders at the meeting in Porto.

 

Furthermore, Juan González-Barba discussed with his counterpart the imminent launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe, within the framework of which Spain will take part in its Executive Council. The State secretary also informed her of the initiatives that Spain is working on with a view to the Conference in the field of European citizenship, sport, the participation of cities and regions in European governance and the development of the regions that are facing difficulties, due to their island nature or the demographic challenge.

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