Portugal will move forward with freedom of movement even without unanimity of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries

Portugal will move forward with freedom of movement even without unanimity of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking

Portugal should move towards bilateral free movement agreements with States of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) even if there is no unanimity within the organization, the secretary general of the Socialist Party and Prime-minister of Portugal said Wednesday in Lisbon.

António Costa, quoted by the news agency Lusa, also said that Portugal had made a mistake when it joined the Schengen agreement of the European Union, without safeguarding the special ties it had with other Portuguese-speaking countries.

"I believe that the current presidency of the CPLP, held by Cape Verde, will give a decisive impetus for the free movement agreement to be possible," said the socialist leader, addressing members of the Cape Verdean Lisbon Association, during an electoral campaign action by the PS.

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