Speech by Mário Soares, Portuguese Prime Minister (standing on the right at the podium) with leaders from the EU sitting in the back


Mário Soares: a contribution to the European project

04 Dec · 14h30

© Photographer: Christian Lambiotte, European Union, 1985

The current President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, named Mário Soares as a reference for Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2021. Watch our video to find out more about the life and story of the man who signed the Treaty on Portugal's accession to the European Community (EEC).

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Much could be said about Mário Soares’s trajectory. His contributions are etched in history and in Portugal’s relationship with the European Union. As a posthumous tribute, the College of Europe, the prestigious European teaching institution, appointed Mário Soares as the patron of the 2020-2021 academic year. This recognition was bestowed on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Portugal’s accession to the EEC, and it coincides with Portugal’s fourth Presidency of the Council of the European Union.