The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is holding its 54th annual Joint Meeting in Lisbon, at the invitation of the Portuguese government. Portugal’s Minister of Finance, Mário José Gomes de Freitas Centeno, opened the session.
In his opening address, Minister of Finance Mário Centeno commended the CEB on its continuing sound performance and capacity to meet the needs of its members, and highlighted the social development areas in which Portugal had been cooperating with the Bank. “The CEB is a strong and reliable partner to promote inclusive and sustainable growth,” he stressed, and expressed confidence that the partnership with Portugal would strengthen further in the years to come.
Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Council of Europe Director General of Democracy underlined that the CEB was a major tool at the disposal of member countries that could be used in order to tackle challenges such as rising inequalities, social exclusion and human rights violations. “The Council of Europe, the CEB and member states must continue their collective efforts to protect democracy and human rights from challenges to social cohesion,” she concluded.