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EU must rebuild industry, avoid protectionism after pandemic: Portugal PM
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Sergio Goncalves | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa speaks to the media outside European Commission building after a meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in Brussels, Belgium, October 15, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoLISBON (Reuters) - Rebuilding European industry and making it less reliant on China and other nations should be a priority after the coronavirus pandemic but the EU should avoid protectionist policies, Portugal’s prime minister said on Monday. The pandemic has exposed how dependent the European Union has become on China and other countries for essential goods and this makes supply chains more vulnerable to the risk of disruption, Antonio Costa said. “Europe cannot be totally dependent on essential goods produced outside,” Costa said during an event to outline the main priorities of Portugal’s six-month EU presidency, which starts on Jan. 1. Part of the strategy should be to develop networks of different firms working on a European scale, he said, adding that the EU could only benefit from decentralising innovation and production chains.
Persons: Antonio Costa, Ursula von der Leyen, Olivier Hoslet, ” Costa, Costa Organizations: Portugal's, European, European Union, European Central Bank Locations: Brussels, Belgium, LISBON, China, Europe
Portugal to ban domestic travel, close schools around national holidays
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.85   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoLISBON (Reuters) - Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Saturday. Schools will close on the Mondays before both holidays, while businesses must close early. Employers are being encouraged to give workers the day off in order to minimise travel activity. “We continue to have a very high number of cases which is a threat to our health,” Costa told a press conference. Portugal reported 62 deaths and 6,472 cases of coronavirus on Saturday, mostly in the north of the country, bringing the total infections to 255,970 cases, with 3,824 deaths.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Antonio Costa, ” Costa, Costa Organizations: REUTERS, Employers, European Centre for Disease Prevention Locations: Lisbon, Portugal, LISBON, Europe
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