Portuguese PM António Costa to debate future of Europe with MEPs 

Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa will be the third EU leader to debate the future of Europe with MEPs on Wednesday morning.

António Costa was a Socialist MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament from July 2004 to March 2005, when he resigned to become Minister of State and Home Affairs in Portugal. Amongst other political roles, Mr Costa was also Mayor of Lisbon for eight years. He became Prime Minister on 26 November 2015.

This will be the third of a series of debates between EU heads of state or government and MEPs on the future of the European Union, after Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on 17 January and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on 6 February.

EP President Antonio Tajani and Portugal’s PM António Costa will give a joint press conference after the debate in plenary, at around 12.30.

The next future of Europe debate, with French President Emmanuel Macron, is scheduled for the April plenary session.

Debate: Wednesday, 14 March

Press conference: Wednesday, 14 March, at around 12.30, in Daphné Caruana Galizia room, LOW N-1/201

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