The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, considered today that the portfolio assigned to Elisa Ferreira in the European Commission is "important for Portugal", because it combines cohesion with an idea of sustainability and structural reforms.
"Bringing this all together in one folder – there are, in fact, several folders in one folder – I think it's imaginative and good for us," said the head of state, following an initiative at the Museum of the Presidency of the Republic in Lisbon .
Speaking to journalists, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa began by mentioning that he "already had an idea of what would be the folder" of the Commissioner appointed by Portugal – Cohesion and Reforms – and considered that "it is an important folder for several reasons."
“The first one is because it brings together the idea of cohesion, which we have always been advocating, but we were suspected of advocating thinking about funds. And so it was always thought that a portfolio involving funds and cohesion would never end up in Portugal. It came, ”he said.
The President of the Republic also stressed the fact that the portfolio assigned to Elisa Ferreira involves “an idea of sustainability” and “the idea of structural reforms”.
“There are structural reforms that the European Union has to do and a new directorate-general for these structural reforms is created. Therefore, it is not just cohesion, trying to rebalance those who are disadvantaged in Europe, it is what must be done throughout Europe if it is to be less unequal in the future and better able to meet the great scientific and technological challenges of the digital revolution, ”he added. .
European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday announced the distribution of her team's responsibilities.
Elisa Ferreira will work closely with Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, who will oversee the work of the Cohesion and Reform Commissioner, as well as the Commissioners responsible for Agriculture, Health, Transport, Energy and Environment and the Oceans.
The appointed Commissioners will be subject to hearings in the European Parliament before the competent parliamentary committee, which should take place at the beginning of October, with the European Assembly giving its opinion on the college as a whole in a vote scheduled for October 22 in Strasbourg. .
Elisa Ferreira, 63, was Minister of the Governments headed by António Guterres, Prime Minister of the Environment, between 1995 and 1999, and after Planning, between 1999 and 2002, was MEP between 2004 and 2016, having held since September 2017 Deputy Governor of Banco de Portugal.
The future Commissioner, the first Portuguese woman to join the Community Executive since Portugal's accession to the European Economic Community (1986), will succeed Carlos Moedas, who was appointed Commissioner by the previous PSD / CDS-PP government, and was in charge of her. the Research, Science and Innovation portfolio and was appointed in November 2014.