The announcement of the Portuguese presidency's theme for 2021 was made by Costa during the presentation of conclusions of the 5th Summit of Southern European Countries which took place in Nicosia, Cyprus and was attended by the heads do state and government of France, Italy, Greece, Malta and host Cyprus.

Referring to issues raised regarding the migratory crisis in Europe, Costa said it was fundamental to have a mechanism in place of permanent solidarity so as to not have an emergency when faced with each new situation.