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Portuguese Presidency believes that conditions exist for taking “action” at the Porto Summit

09 Apr · 12h00

© Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union / Pedro Sá da Bandeira

The Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs has guaranteed that the conditions are in place for moving “from principles to action” at the Social Summit to be held in Porto in a month’s time, in the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU. 


“We already have a commitment from the European institutions. What we want is to get the commitment of the Member States, but even more so, our ambition is that companies, trades unions and civil society also commit to these goals”, said Ana Paula Zacarias. 


The Secretary of State for European Affairs believes that the “main point” is moving from principles to action, adding that the move from the commitments reached in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2017, to the Porto Summit means “going from the time of principles to the time to deliver”. 

“ Goals can always be criticised; people can say that reducing poverty by 15 million is very little, but we have to be realistic. It would be very good if we were able to have a 78% employment rate among the adult population, particularly with good jobs, equality and a fair minimum wage ”

Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs

“And finally, if we were able to lift 15 million people out of poverty, and especially five million children, I think that would be a very important milestone which, if the unions and employers associations commit to, the Member States must commit to also", she said. 


*in collaboration with LUSA