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Portugal – Visit by Harlem Désir (November 4, 2014)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today travel to Lisbon, notably to meet with his counterpart, Bruno Maçães, Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade.

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Although Franco-Portuguese relations are evolving, especially in a European context (in particular due to their presidencies of the European Union Council that are close together), it seems essential to improve our bilateral exchanges.

• France is one of Portugal’s preferred partners

In 2003, Portugal decided to expand its “preferred partner” network (Spain, Brazil, Morocco) to include France, thereby marking a genuine political desire to deepen its relations with this latter. Since then, our relations are punctuated by a high-level meeting devoted to a specific topic. Four meetings have been held to date:

-  on 31 October 2003 in Lisbon on the topic of the “Franco-Portuguese partnership in view of enlargement”,
-  on 10 April 2006 in Paris on the topic of competitiveness,
-  on 22 February 2008 in Lisbon on the topic of the sea,
-  on 7 May 2010 in Paris on the topic of innovation and research.

• A large Portuguese community in France

Finally, the quality of the relationship between France and Portugal is also judged with 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 12.04.11



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