Prime Minister António Costa highlights INL as an “important starting point” for common Iberian projects in cutting-edge economic areas

June 6, 2022

António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, spoke, last Friday to members of the Portuguese-Spanish Chamber of Commerce, in a speech in which he defended that INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory is an “important starting point” for common Iberian projects in cutting-edge economic areas. The prime minister also informed that he agreed with his Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sánchez, that the next Spanish Luso Summit will take place in autumn, at INL.

“Minho is a border region where we have not been for a long time and which will allow us to better understand the potential of the Braga Nanotechnology Laboratory, which is world-class and can play a crucial role in terms of a common strategy for the future”, he said.

“We have to look at these research centres as being Iberian and not exclusively from Portugal, just because they are based in Braga. We have to know how to take advantage of all the technology that has been produced in these research centres”, he declared.

According to the leader of the executive, “the bet that the European Union has made regarding the effort to relocate in Europe many of the activities previously outsourced to other regions of the world, as well as the bet to shorten value chains, investing in the reindustrialization effort, is of immense complexity”.

“This effort cannot stop at Eastern Europe or Central Europe. We must have in Portugal and Spain the ability to play a crucial role”, he warned. In the perspective of António Costa, Portugal and Spain “have the resources for this and have a unique geographical position in a Europe that is more autonomous but also more open to the world”.