German Embassy to represent Portugal on EU matters

German Embassy to represent Portugal on EU matters

GERMANY ended its six-month rotating presidency of the European Union on Saturday and handed over power to Portugal for the remainder of the year.

The symbolic transfer took place in Berlin where German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier passed the baton to his Portuguese counterpart, Luis Amado. During its presidency Germany got the European Union to agree to a 20 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emission by 2020 and prepared the groundwork for a new treaty to overhaul the 27-nation bloc, increasing political unity and streamlining decision-making.Following the closure of the Embassy of Portugal in Windhoek earlier this year, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany will act as the local representative of Portugal in Namibia in matters pertaining to the European Union during the six months.Portugal faces the challenge of getting the revamped EU reform treaty approved, but that is not the only priority on its agenda.Lisbon will also try to refocus EU foreign policy to look southwards, relaunching relations with Africa, intensifying Mediterranean dialogue and Middle East peace efforts, and establishing a privileged partnership with Brazil.During its presidency Germany got the European Union to agree to a 20 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emission by 2020 and prepared the groundwork for a new treaty to overhaul the 27-nation bloc, increasing political unity and streamlining decision-making.Following the closure of the Embassy of Portugal in Windhoek earlier this year, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany will act as the local representative of Portugal in Namibia in matters pertaining to the European Union during the six months.Portugal faces the challenge of getting the revamped EU reform treaty approved, but that is not the only priority on its agenda.Lisbon will also try to refocus EU foreign policy to look southwards, relaunching relations with Africa, intensifying Mediterranean dialogue and Middle East peace efforts, and establishing a privileged partnership with Brazil.

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