A delegation of Ambassadors of the EU Political and Security Committee (COPS) is in Porto for a four-day visit to the city. The delegation was welcomed at Porto City Hall by Mayor Rui Moreira. Among the delegation are Sofie From-Emmesberger, President of the EU Political and Security Committee and José Fernando Costa Pereira, COPS Portugal Ambassador.
During the welcoming ceremony, Mayor Rui Moreira highlighted that the fact that the COPS delegation is visiting the Invicta is telling of both the city and the region’s relevance within the European context. Rui Moreira also recalled the EU Social Summit that was held in Porto, last May, in the framework of the Portuguese Presidency of the EC, which saw the highest EU dignitaries in Porto.
The EU Political and Security Committee (sometimes referred to by its French COPS acronym derived from Comité politique et de sécurité) is a permanent body within the European Union that handles matters of Foreign Policies and Common Security and Defence Policy, as referred to in the article 38 of the Treaty on European Union. It comprises 28 representatives of the EU, whose mission is to follow-up the international status of Foreign Policies and Common Security and Defence Policy, contribute to the formulation of appropriate EU policies and monitor their implementation.