Portugal"s foreign affairs minister, Augusto Santos Silva, said he hopes to sign the agreement on mobility in the Portuguese-language world at the next Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) summit in Angola, noting that the most difficult issue has been overcome.
"My expectation is that, at the next CPLP summit, which will take place in Angola," marking the passage of the organisation's Cape Verdean presidency to Luanda, "the heads of state and government can appreciate and hopefully approve by consensus a mobility and free movement regime," he said on Thursday at a press conference in Luanda.
The heads of diplomacy of the CPLP mandated, after the last meeting of the Council of Ministers of the organisation, which took place in July in Mindelo, Cabo Verde, a technical commission to complete, by November, the final model of integration and mobility, to be approved at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the organisation in the first quarter of 2020.
Santos Silva noted that most of the work is done, including the drafting of a political proposal and the legal agreement that implements it, and the most difficult issue relating to mobility between CPLP countries, arising from the different rules to which they are subject, is resolved".
Augusto Santos Silva, who spoke before a meeting with his Angolan counterpart, Manuel Augusto, recalled that Portugal does not have total freedom of movement, and is also bound by European rules applicable to the Schengen area, particularly regarding short-stay visas (three months).
For this reason, the agreement foresees that countries can choose for themselves the degree of mobility they want and when they want to implement it, which Santos Silva considers as flexible enough to accommodate problems or specific circumstances of each member state.
Augusto Santos Silva was in Angola for a two-day visit, as part of the Luanda Biennial, and took advantage of the trip to address issues on the bilateral agenda that included meetings with his Angolan counterpart Manuel Augusto, and the agriculture minister, António Assis.