During the last several months, the Portuguese NGDO Platform (Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD) conducted a consultation process of Portuguese Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) aimed at identifying the priority areas for the Portuguese EU Council Presidency. The process reached its peak with the presentation of the document “Civil Society Priorities for the Portuguese EU Council Presidency” at a public event that gathered the Portuguese State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Francisco André, the member of the cabinet of the Commissioner for International Partnerships, Renaud Savignat, the Head of the European Commission Representation in Portugal, Sofia Colares Alves, CONCORD’s Director, Tanya Cox, Chairman of VENRO’s Executive Board Deputy, Mathias Mogge, and the Platform’s Executive Director, Rita Leote.

Among the main priorities, Civil Society highlighted the importance of the EU leaving no one behind during the recovery from the pandemic crisis. As a global actor, it is up to the EU to make sure that the most vulnerable communities have access to the Covid-19 vaccine and that the recovery and both the digital and climate transitions are built around the principle of fairness. It is based on the importance to guarantee that EU policies promote sustainable development within the EU and in partner countries that the “Civil Society Priorities for the Portuguese EU Council Presidency” are built upon. 

The document can be consulted here.

The Portuguese Platform is thankful for the participation of around 150 Civil Society Organizations in this consultation process, especially to those who took part in the technical meeting.

The Portuguese NGDO Platform also extends its gratitude to the contributuion of the Platform’s Working Groups (Ethics, Development Education and Global Citizenship and Aidwatch).

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