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Portugal assume a Presidência do Conselho da União Europeia no primeiro semestre de 2021, sendo responsável por planear e presidir às reuniões do Conselho e dos seus comités e grupos de trabalho, representando-os nas relações com as outras instituições da UE.

Portugal presides over the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2021. It is incumbent upon the Minister of Justice to preside over the meetings of the Justice and Home Affairs Council of Ministers and represent the Council before the other EU institutions.


The priorities of the Portuguese Presidency in the justice area:

The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) takes place between 1 January and 30 June 2021, at a particularly difficult time when the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic consequences represent an unprecedented challenge for the EU and its Member States.

Under the motto "Time to deliver: a fair, green and digital recovery", Portugal seeks to promote the European recovery, cohesion and values, as well as the European Union as a leader in climate action, accelerating digital transformation at the service of citizens and businesses, valuing and strengthening the European social model and promoting a Europe open to the world.

The protection and strengthening of the Rule of Law in the European Union, the promotion of equal opportunities and the fight against all forms of discrimination, the accession of the Union to the European Convention on Human Rights, the review of the Strategy for the effective implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, as well as the review of the Regulation of the Agency for Fundamental Rights, are the general priorities, with emphasis on the Justice area.

In the Justice scope, in particular, the following priorities were identified:

  • The protection of vulnerable adults
  • The use of new technologies at the Justice service
  • Counterfeiting in its connection with organised crime.

Work will also continue to be carried out in other areas of justice, including:

  • Judicial cooperation in criminal and civil matters
  • Strengthening and protecting fundamental rights and the Rule of Law
  • Prevention and fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime.

Message from the Minister of Justice