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4th Germany-Portugal-Forum

On 10 November 2016, with our Portuguese partners Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Instituto Português de Relações Inter­na­cionais (IPRI-UNL), the 4th Germany-Portugal-Forum was held.

In the beginning, Parlia­mentary State Secretary Brigitte Zypries from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy spoke about a digital European Single Market as well as the active resis­tance within the German public to the trade agree­ments CETA and TTIP. She repre­sented Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who has been invited to deliver an opening statement but was unable to attend the forum, due to illness. The Portuguese Foreign Minister Prof. Dr. Augusto Santos Silva reviewed the topics, such as trade agree­ments and employment from the Portuguese perspective with special focus on Industry 4.0. As repre­sen­tative of the Bank of Portugal, Prof. Dr. Elisa Ferreira empha­sized the necessity of strength­ening the Banking Union in order to stabilize the Economic and Monetary Union and to generate growth.

Vividly debated were the tasks of European Security Union by the repre­sen­ta­tives from Foreign Ministries of both states, Minis­terial Director Martin Kotthaus und Ambas­sador Francisco Seixas da Costa, as well as by the politi­cians and scien­tists. The high levels of accep­tance among the citizens for an imple­men­tation of a Security and Defense Policy by the EU on the one hand, and the strong opposition to sharing the sover­eignty with the EU from national govern­ments of the Member states on another hand, were also subjects for discus­sions. It was noted, that the goal of creation of a European Security and Defense Union can only be accom­plished gradually by estab­lishing a Civilian and Military Management Centre as a first step.

Very inter­esting analyses of the Europe-Africa relations were provided regarding the equal inter­con­ti­nental relationship in the 21st  century. The necessity of an inten­sified cooper­ation between Europe and Africa was especially empha­sized, partic­u­larly with regard to state-building and civil societal dialog. A number of proposals were made on the technical and financial assis­tance possibly provided by the European Devel­opment Fund, the Inter­na­tional Monetary Fund and the European Investment Bank. In addition to the respon­si­bility based on the history of the European colonization of Africa, the need of improvement in the fields of education and enlight­enment in Europe concerning Africa was also reaffirmed.

The final panel with the Minister of State Michael Roth from the Federal Foreign Office and his Portuguese counterpart Dr. Margarida Marques was dedicated to the issue ‘Europe at the Crossroad’ and was accom­panied by the general discussion and comments by Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik and Dr. Vítor Martins, former State Secretary for European Integration.

The opening statement of the Minister of State Michael Roth at the Germany-Portugal-Forum on 10th November 2016 can be found here.

Please find more details in the attached program.

After the concluding remarks by the ambas­sadors of both states, Dr. Christof Weil und João Mira Gomes, there was a small reception.