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President´s Message

Prof. Doutor José Luís da Cruz Vilaça - President FIDE 2016 to 2018

The Portuguese Association for European Law (APDE) is, and has always been, a particularly active member of FIDE – Fédération internationale pour le droit européen, having participated in all the FIDE congresses since 1984. A book containing the Portuguese reports presented to the congresses that have taken place since then has been published, in English or French, by the APDE under the title “Estudos de Direito Europeu – Congressos da FIDE, Relatórios Portugueses – 1990-2008”, Lisboa, Principia Editora, 2009, 797 pages.

APDE is currently presiding FIDE again. In this capacity, it is organising the XXVIII FIDE Congress, which will take place between 23 and 26 May 2018 in Estoril. The debate of the topics chosen for the Congress will touch upon some of the main fieldworks and of the trickiest issues that will continue to mark the evolution of the European Union and to challenge the policies of its institutions for the next years.

In this context, I hope FIDE may give a valuable contribution to the debate of some of the main risks, which are seriously threatening our Union.

The Portuguese team I have the privilege to lead is very much looking forward to welcoming a record number of participants and accompanying persons in Lisbon, hopefully with its usually mild and gentle oceanic climate and beautiful sunshine.

I am confident that all participants will leave Estoril gratified by a dense and lively debate on the relevant EU law issues that will be on the programme - et avec un brin de nostalgie du fado, du soleil et de la mer de Cascais.

Prof. Doutor José Luís da Cruz Vilaça

President of FIDE 2016 to 2018 and President of APDE

Judge at the European Court of Justice

Professor at Católica Global School of Law, Lisbon