Speaking in Prague, upon arrival at an informal meeting of European Union Defense Ministers, Helena Carreiras, who in July assumed the objective of the Government of Portugal to complete the ratification process as quickly as possible, reiterated that accession from Finland and Sweden to NATO should be ratified by the Assembly of the Republic very soon, after the parliamentary holidays.

The Government's proposed resolutions on the subject – approved by the Council of Ministers on 14 July – were submitted to the Assembly of the Republic on 19 July.