Launching of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2021

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The Embassy of Portugal in Washington D.C.,

Cordially invites you to the virtual launching of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, to be followed by a piano jazz concert, live from the distinguished performing arts center “Casa da Música” (Porto), by world class Portuguese composers Mário Laginha and Pedro Burmester. 

Welcome to the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU!  Welcome to a Time to Deliver!


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Contribution of the European Diasporas to the EU-US relations - January, 29th

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The Embassy of Portugal in Washington, D.C.

Cordially invites you to the first webinar of the series OutSpoken, within the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, to be followed by a cello concert, performed by Mafalda Santos. 

"The Contribution of the European Diasporas to the EU-US relations"

moderated by Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital, with the following panelists:

Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California (GREECE)

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman Emeritus The Ireland Funds America (IRELAND)

Anthony Tamburri, Dean del Calandra Italian American Institute (ITALY)

Frank Spula, President of the Polish American Congress (POLAND)

Angela Costa Simões, President of the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PORTUGAL)

Since its very foundation, the United States has been home and adoptive country to countless generations of Europeans. On this first Webinar of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Embassy of Portugal in Washington D.C. gathers representatives from some of the most numerous European diasporas in the US, to discuss their past and continuing invaluable contribution to the relations between both sides of the Atlantic. We will also explore ways of leveraging their presence and influence to the benefit of an even stronger transatlantic relationship.


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Global Challenges: a transatlantic response in the present geostrategic context - March, 26th

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The Embassy of Portugal cordially invites you to the third webinar of our OutSpoken series, within the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, to be preceded by Initial Remarks by the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on Global Challenges, as follows:

Initial Remarks on Global Challenges by the

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres 

Followed by:

Webinar on “Global Challenges: a transatlantic response in the present geostrategic context”

Panel:

- Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to the United States

- Ambassador Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of the European External Action Service

- Dr. Amanda Sloat, Senior Director for Europe, National Security Council

- Dr. Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media

Moderation by Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital

Transatlantic relations are a top priority for the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council. On both sides of the Atlantic, there is a renewed commitment to the transatlantic relation in addressing the global challenges we are faced with. Last December, the European Union approved “A new EU-US agenda for global change”, with clear proposals for strengthened cooperation on a number of areas such as the pandemic, climate change, multilateralism, trade, technology, security and defense, among others. At the same time, the Biden administration has been making clear its steadfast determination to work closely with the European Union and European countries, both bilaterally and in the international arena.

However, for closer cooperation to be effective, it has to bear in mind internal factors specific to the European Union and the United States of America. It also has to take into account an evolving international geostrategic environment. India, the largest democracy in the world, is a crucial actor within this framework. Under the current Portuguese Presidency of the Council, the European Union will hold a Summit with India on May 8.

This webinar will try and identify the main challenges and opportunities ahead of us, as well as the elements affecting the construction of a transatlantic response.

Musical Moment

The webinar will be followed by a concert by Portuguese Guitar player Marta Pereira da Costa. The Portuguese Guitar is very closely associated with Fado, the soulful music from Portugal acknowledged by UNESCO as part of the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. While upholding the roots and traditions of Fado, Marta risked new sounds and sought to give voice to her instrument through the world of Jazz, World Music and Portuguese Music.

She will be accompanied by António Pinto on the acoustic guitar, Gonçalo Leonardo on the double bass, André Sousa Machado on percussion, and Alexandre Diniz on the piano and accordion.

Marta is the first and only female professional Fado guitarist worldwide.


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The Biden administration’s drug policy strategy and lessons from Portugal - April, 27th

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On April 1, the Biden administration released its strategic drug policy plan, amid an intensifying drug epidemic with escalating overdose deaths across the United States. The policy guidance embraces many elements advocated by the drug reform policy community, such as enhancing evidence-based harm reduction efforts and expanding access to treatment. Among the global community, Portugal has been a leader in implementing many of these priorities with positive results, and is widely considered a model of drug policy reform.

On April 27, Foreign Policy at Brookings and the Embassy of Portugal will host a webinar on drug policy reform, trends in the United States and around the world, and lessons from Portugal. After opening remarks by Domingos Fezas Vital, ambassador of Portugal to the United States, Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown will moderate a panel discussion.

After their remarks, panelists will take questions from the audience. Viewers can submit questions for panelists via email to events@brookings.edu or on Twitter using #DrugPolicy.

Introductory remarks

Vanda Felbab-Brown, Senior Fellow and Director, Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors, The Brookings Institution | @VFelbabBrown
Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States | @PortugalintheUS

Panel

João Castel-Branco Goulão, National Coordinator for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Ministry of Health, Portugal | @SICAD_Portugal
Keith Humphreys, Esther Ting Memorial Professor, Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University | @KeithNHumphreys
Moderator: Vanda Felbab-Brown, Senior Fellow and Director, Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors, The Brookings Institution | @VFelbabBrown


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The EU’s road to recovery: A conversation with Portuguese Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition Pedro Siza Vieira - May, 21st

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The Embassy of Portugal in Washington, D.C. cordially invites you to the fifth webinar of our OutSpoken series, within the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union:

The EU’s road to recovery: A conversation with Portuguese Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition Pedro Siza Vieira

The post-COVID-19 recovery has been a central focus of the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union. Business survival in hard-hit economic sectors, climate change, fiscal sustainability, and employment losses are among the many challenges policymakers face as they strive to ensure a strong and resilient recovery. After an introduction by Portuguese Ambassador to the United States Domingos Fezas Vital, Portuguese Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition Pedro Siza Vieira and AEI’s Stan Veuger will reflect on these issues and the Portuguese government’s approach to them.

Ricardo Toscano Trio - Jazz Concert

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