Porto will host on May 7th and 8th of what is considered the highlight of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union: the Social Summit. Member States are called upon to approve an Action Plan with concrete measures to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.

The summit will be organised around two events: on May 7th, a High-Level Conference is scheduled, taking place at the Congress Centre of Alfândega do Porto; and on May 8th, Saturday, the Informal Meeting of Heads of State and Government that will take place at Super Bock Arena - Rosa Mota Pavilion.

In the morning of May 7th, Friday, a solemn welcome session is also scheduled to take place at Porto City Hall’s Noble Room. The Mayor, Rui Moreira, will hand over the Keys of the city to the Highest Representatives of the European Union: the President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli; the President of the European Council, Charles Michel; and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

An Action Plan, presented by the European Commission in March, will be debated at the Social Summit in Porto, which proposes a series of initiatives and establishes three main goals to be achieved by 2030 at European level: employment rate of at least 78% in the European Union; at least 60% of all adults should participate annually in training; reduction in the number of people at risk of social exclusion or poverty by at least 15 million people, including 5 million children.

Portugal holds the presidency of the Council of the EU until June 30th, after which it will be chaired by Slovenia.

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