Berlim Foreign Affairs Forum 2020 Panoramica © David Ausserhofer Körber Stiftung


“The post-pandemic recovery in Europe should be targeted towards the transformation of our economy”

04 Dec · 14h30

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The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, took part in the 2020 edition of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum with his German and Slovenian counterparts, Heiko Maas and Anže Logar. 

Looking ahead to post-pandemic Europe

At the opening session of the Berlin Forum, Augusto Santos Silva was a member of the panel “Turning Crisis into Opportunity? Europe in a (Post-) Pandemic World Order”.


Taking part alongside his counterparts in the Trio Presidency, the Portuguese minister explained that “the post-pandemic recovery in Europe should be targeted towards the transformation of our economy”, turning it, in particular, greener and more digitaland making a commitment to “strengthening the European social model, which lies at the heart of our democracies”.


As Augusto Santos Silva stated at the conference, the European Pillar of Social Rights represents the resilience and strength not only of modern economies but also the societies for whom equal opportunity is a priority.

Augusto Santos Silva Berlim Foreign Policy Forum 2020 © David Ausserhofer Körber Stiftung

© David Ausserhofer / Körber-Stiftung

National and European vaccination strategies

The priorities for Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union were conceptualised with the aim of leveraging the economic recovery process. For Portugal, economic recovery in Europe cannot take place without development of the European social model, by means of the creation of an Action Plan for the European Pillar of Social Rights. It is the pandemic, precisely, that makes this all the more urgent.


Recovery from the crisis produced by the pandemic also involves Portuguese and European vaccination strategies. In Berlin, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs argued in favour of the need to draw up and implement a vaccination strategy that is truly inclusive and comprehensive, “accessible to all and seen as a public good”. 

The Berlin Foreign Policy Forum

Since 2011, the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum has been organised annually by the Körber Foundation, in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office. It is now an important and indispensable event that has already brought together around 250 German and international politicians, experts and journalists.