We all know that the construction of Europe is in Portugals interest. I am from a generation of politicians and citizens who were born into the European project and who continue to believe that it is one of the most important and generous projects both for Europe and for the world.
I therefore want to clearly state the driving force behind the Portuguese presidency of the European Union: a stronger Europe for a better world. We want a Europe that overcomes the deadlocks that have held it back. A Europe that is able to face up to global challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of these times of change. A Europe that knows how to build new bridges of dialogues, with a more audible and decisive voice in a world in need of stability, justice and development. The Portuguese presidency therefore revolves around three key axes: the reform of the Treaties; an agenda for modernising European economies and societies, and the strengthening of Europes role in the world.