According to Eduardo Cabrita, the two groups in Europe and North America have made “progress” in the vaccination process and can now begin “a hopeful era.”
The Minister of the Interior said on Tuesday that the European Union and the United States are “stepping up their work” to “return to normal” personnel movements with a view to non-essential travel.
Eduardo Cabrita said: “We will now step up our work in accordance with the new European instrument digital vaccination certificate to restore the normal state of the movement of people on both sides of the Atlantic and open these trips to non-essential trips.” On, after a meeting between the political leaders of the European Union (EU) and the U.S. Ministry of Justice and Interior.
According to the minister, the two groups in Europe and North America registered the “Road to Progress” during the vaccination process, and now the “period of hope” has begun.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of State for Internal Security of the United States who attended the same meeting at the Belém Cultural Center (CCB) in Lisbon, also talked about the possible removal of restrictions on the movement of people between the European Union and the United States. Consider the “dedication” of the two groups to fight the pandemic.
“We also talked about trying to lift restrictions so that we can travel between our countries not only to take into account financial needs, but also to allow family members to be reunited, some of whom have not seen each other for a year,” he Pointed out.
Majorcas promised in his speech that “the United States is once again committed to the transatlantic partnership,” and that it is “increasingly important in challenging a world without borders.”
The meeting of political leaders of the European Union and the United States Department of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior during the Portuguese chairmanship of the Council focused on the current cross-border challenges of the two groups.
Among the topics on the agenda, Minister Eduardo Cabrita emphasized “cooperation on security issues”, especially efforts in “preventing and combating terrorism”.
He went on to say that political leaders also discussed “coordinated management of migration phenomena” to “combat human trafficking and smuggling networks.”
“We want to attach importance to the establishment of legal immigration, legal and safe immigration mechanisms, which is very important for countries that are aging to some extent and lack immigrants to build society,” the minister said.
Eduardo Cabrita also emphasized the importance of this face-to-face meeting for Portugal’s presidency of the European Council. He believes that this is already a “great victory” for Portugal’s term of office, which will end on June 30.
“We have left here with optimism about signs of hope for joint efforts in the future,” the minister concluded, pointing to the Slovenian who will assume the rotating presidency of the European Council on July 1.