The Estoril Institute for Global Dialogue, which is responsible for organizing the Estoril Conferences, will also be responsible for organizing the first edition of Portugal Talks, to be held in Cascais, on the new campus of the Nova School of Business and Economics, on October 19th.


Opened to the public, this launch session of the Portugal Talks, included a debate with the participation of Nuno Garoupa, president of the scientific commission of Portugal Talks and Professor of Law at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law; Pedro Magalhães, political scientist and researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon; Marina Costa Lobo, researcher and political scientist at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon; Catarina Santos Botelho, researcher and assistant professor at the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP), in Oporto; and Miguel Pinto Luz, engineer, politician and president of the Strategic Council of Portugal Talks. The debate was moderated by José Manuel Fernandes, journalist.
Together and for about an hour and a half, the participants made a brief diagnosis of the abstention in Portugal, in which the identity problem, in particular of young people and the political supply in Portugal were the biggest problems identified and in need of a response.
Portugal Talks is a biennial meeting, of discussion and action, aimed at all politically interested civil society, whose objective is the production of proposals for action and concrete reforms in the scope of Portuguese policies and juridical territorial planning, with its first focus on abstention levels in Portugal, its diagnosis and solutions.

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