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Prime Minister makes four-day official visit to Argentina and Chile

Between 12 and 15 June 2017, Prime Minister António Costa paid an official visit to Argentina and Chile, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, and the Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral.

In Argentina, António Costa met the President of the Republic, Maurício Macri. In Chile, the Portuguese Prime Minister met the President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, at the Palace of La Moneda in Santiago de Chile.

The signing of an agreement between AICEP (Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade of Portugal) and its counterpart InvestChile and the reopening of the Agency’s delegation in Argentina were two major highlights of the visit. Also a  free movement agreement have been signed which will allow Portuguese youth between the ages of 18 and 30 to work, study or vacation in Argentina and Chile for a period of one year without visa requirements, as well as Argentines and Chileans who travel  to Portugal.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and António Costa celebrate 10 June between Portugal and Brazil

The celebrations of 10 June, Day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities, took place between Porto, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The Day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities began with the traditional Military Ceremony with the presence of the three Branches of the Armed Forces, chaired by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Porto. The celebrations continued in Brazil, where both met the Portuguese Community in São Paulo, where the Ministry of Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, was also present.

In the following day, at the Consulate General of Portugal in São Paulo, a technical cooperation protocol was signed between the Camões Institute, the São Paulo Culture Secretariat and the Roberto Marinho Foundation, to provide content for the New Portuguese Language Museum, due to the previous one being destroyed by a fire in 2015. Subsequently, the “Act of assignment of the land and built for the future Portuguese School of São Paulo” was also signed by the governor of the State of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, and the Portuguese Minister of Education. At the end of this day, both the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister travelled to Rio de Janeiro for a meeting with the local Portuguese community.

Besides the Minister of Education, other Ministers and members of the Government, had the opportunity to meet with the Portuguese communities around the world for the celebration of the national day. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, was in Paris; the Minister of Planning and Infrastructures, Pedro Marques, went to Luxembourg; the Minister of the Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, dined with representatives of local economic and academic circles in Lyon; and the Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities, José Luís Carneiro, was in Seville.

President of the Republic officially inaugurates the largest European centre for marine rehabilitation

On 15 June, the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, inaugurated the ECOMARE – Laboratory for Innovation and Sustainability of Marine Biological Resources, at the coastal fishing port in Gafanha da Nazaré, Ílhavo. This laboratory has an investment of 4.4 million euros.

ECOMARE encompasses the Centre for Extension and Research in Aquaculture and Sea (CEPAM) and the Marine Research and Rehabilitation Centre (CPRAM), and might be considered the largest and most modern European centre of this type. It is promoted by the University of Aveiro as a result of a partnership between the Administration of the Port of Aveiro, the Council of Ílhavo, the Portuguese Society of Wild Life and the Oceanário de Lisboa,

The goal of ECOMARE is to develop excellence, fundamental and applied research and to promote innovation and technology transfer services to companies, governmental organizations and national and international institutions in the field of marine science and technology.

This lab is supported by the CENTRO 2020 System of Support for Scientific and Technological Infrastructures, and the total eligible investment amounts to around 4.4 million euros.

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