On 8 May (the day before Europe Day), the Library team attended a concert on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Portugal’s accession to the European Economic Community – now the European Union.
The European Parliament’s Office in Portugal organised a concert to celebrate the occasion, to which it invited the Portuguese band – GNR. The band, which was formed in 1981, symbolises and typifies the spirit of Portuguese rock and the band’s large number of recordings testifies to its enduring popularity.
GNR’s first success was with the single “Portugal na CEE” (“Portugal in the EEC”), which in time became a modern classic in Portugal. The song’s political message helped define the band and heralded a new wave of innovation and creativity in Portuguese rock.
At the event, the charismatic singer, Rui Reininho, was true to form and in excellent shape. The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, was able to take part in the occasion thanks to a relayed video message, and the Portuguese State Secretary for European Affairs, Margarida Marques and the MEP Carlos Zorrinho (Socialists and Democrats, S&D) were present at the event.
1 January 2016 marked the thirtieth anniversary of Portugal’s and Spain’s accession to the then European Community. The accession process had started just over one decade before, in 1974-75, with the demise of the dictatorships in the two Iberian states. Until that time the long-standing authoritarian regimes had prevented the two countries from joining the European family, keeping apart from the process of integration that had begun in Europe after the Second World War. The return of democracy and the two countries’ application to join the European Community heralded a new beginning.
You can listen to the original song by GNR here.
For further reading on the topic of Portugal’s accession to the EU we reccomend two titles from Library’s collection:
“Portugal in the European Union : assessing twenty-five years of integration experience” edited by Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira
“As negociações de adesão de Portugal à CEE : 1977-1985” by Miguel Mattos Chaves