Today, the relations between France and Portugal are situated in the context of European integration.
1) Constructive cooperation within the European Union
France and Portugal have managed to agree on many European topics. Accordingly, like France, Portugal attaches a great deal of importance to the Common Agricultural Policy. Similarly, it supports the establishment of a European maritime policy, a European energy policy, an EU strategy for Africa and the “military Erasmus” project (officer training exchange). Finally, Portugal has expressed its support of various French initiatives of the FPEU, including the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum (for which it favours a “humanistic” and “voluntary” approach), the “Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean” (of which it hopes that the interests of the Southern shore will be taken more into account), plus the initiative for conflict resolution in Georgia.
2) France: preferred partner of Portugal
The year 2003 was marked by the desire of our two countries to further improve our bilateral ties. Since then, a high-level meeting, presided over by the Prime Ministers, has been devoted to a specific topic. Three meetings have been held to date:
31 October 2003 in Lisbon on the topic of the “Franco-Portuguese partnership in view of enlargement”;
10 April 2006 in Paris on the topic of competitiveness;
22 February 2008 in Lisbon on the topic of the sea. This meeting was also in line with the preparation of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. An agreement on the recognition of diplomas and an agreement on maritime safety were signed on this occasion.
3) A large Portuguese community in France
The quality of the relationship between France and Portugal is also related to the position of the Portuguese community in French society (492,000 people in 2005). Accordingly, Portugal provided the largest contingent of European voters during the municipal elections in France in March 2008 (63,385 people).
Updated on 14.08.09
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