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Policy recommendations for the Portuguese Council Presidency: between finishing unfinished business and setting its own mark


On 1 January 2021, Germany will hand over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) to Portugal. The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) has a tradition of formulating recommendations to incoming Presidencies. TEPSA’s advice draws on the expertise of a network of think tanks across Europe. This policy brief initially offers an overview of the key challenges the Portuguese Presidency will be facing before focusing on providing in-depth recommendations regarding the following major issue areas: migration and asylum, digitalisation, EU-Africa relations, and trade relations with Latin America around the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement.