António Costa offers Portuguese masks to European leaders

in News · 17-07-2020 17:50:00 · 2 Comments

Prime Minister António Costa on 17 July offered European Union leaders protective masks against covid-19 made in Portugal and all personalised, at the beginning of the first face-to-face summit in Brussels since the pandemic reached Europe.

With various patterns, including roosters from Barcelos, the surgical masks are personalised, with each head of state or government receiving white masks with their name inscribed and the respective national flag.

The heads of state and government started a mid-morning summit in Brussels today, which is expected to be long, during which they will try to reach an agreement on the European economic recovery regarding the crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic.

Today, upon his arrival at the Council, António Costa reiterated his desire for a “quick agreement” around the proposal to relaunch the European economy, hoping that the Council will not waste any more time, not least because the proposal on the table is “excellent”.

“We have an excellent proposal from the Commission. The President of the Council did a great job to accommodate the different criticisms from the different Member States. Now, it is up to the Council not to postpone, not to waste time, and to take the decisions that are quickly necessary to respond to what is urgency for the economy, for employment, for the economy recovery of Europe”, declared the Prime Minister, who said that Portugal is ready to approve the current proposal.


All countries and economies in the world are struggling to save lives, jobs and businesses within their own borders. Hardly any are in a position to help others. The EU, in spite of its many flaws, is prepared to offer assistance to member countries like Portugal. Any grants or loans from the recovery package should be used wisely. Incentives for start-ups and support to small- and medium-sized businesses and major industries are vital in creating and maintaining jobs - in all regions of the country. Long-term unemployment will only cause bigger problems.

By Annie from Algarve on 20-07-2020 02:38

Excellent msg do Sr Antonio costa.

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By João Vasco Pinto Rodrigues from UK on 18-07-2020 10:48
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