Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed the importance of a united EU during a visit to the Parliament on 22 March.It was part of an official visit to Brussels on the first anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks. In addition to meeting Parliament President Antonio Tajani, he also met several Portuguese MEPs and made a brief visit to the reading room Lucas Pires,named in honour of the Portuguese MEP who died in 1998.
Referring to recent statements by Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Rebelo de Sousa said: "There is no Europe of the south, the east, the west or the north. We are different, but we are united. At this moment, we need statements that highlight our union and not our divisions."
This is the second time that the Portuguese head of state elected has visited the European Parliament. Last April he called for a united Europen during a speech in the plenary chamber in Strasbourg.