• European Parliament, Member
  • Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, Acting Group Leader, Vice-president
  • S&D Group Bureau, responsible for the Commission’s work programme, relations with socialist members of EU institutions and relations with National Parliaments


  • Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Member
  • Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Substitute


  • Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China, Member
  • Delegation for relations with India, Substitute


Education (qualifications and diplomas)

  • 1995-1995 : University, Economics: Postdoctoral agregação examination (ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute)
  • 1984-1987 : University, Economics: Doctorate (University of Paris I – Sorbonne)
  • 1980-1983 : University, Economics: Master's degrees (University of Paris I – Sorbonne)
  • 1972-1977 : University, Social science: Licentiate (first-cycle) degree (ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute)

Professional career

  • 2005-2007 : Special adviser to the Commission (EU institution (other areas))
  • 2004-2009 : Adviser (International organisation (other areas))
  • 2002-2006 : Chair of the Commission Advisory Board for Socio-economic Sciences (EU institution (other areas))
  • 1998-2008 : Chair of Commission high-level groups (EU institution (other areas))
  • 1978-2008 : Lecturer at the ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute (Public service /Government (other areas))
  • 2008-2014 : Lecturer at the Free University of Brussels (Public service /Government (other areas))

Political career

Offices held in a political party or national trade union

  • 2009-2011 : Member of the Portuguese Socialist Party National Committee

Offices held in a national government

  • 1995-1997 : Minister for Employment in the first Guterres Government

Offices held in an international political party organisation or an international trade union organisation

  • 2008-2011 : Adviser to the President of the Party of European Socialists

Offices held in the EU institutions

  • 2000-2000 : Adviser to the EU Presidency
  • 2004-2004 : Adviser to the EU Presidency
  • 2005-2007 : Special adviser to the Commission
  • 2007-2007 : Adviser to the EU Presidency

Offices held in other European organisations

  • 2001-... : Member of the Board of Directors of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute
  • 2002-2010 : Member of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre

Offices held in other international organisations

  • 2001-2001 : General rapporteur for the ILO Global Employment Forum

Other activities

  • 1994-1995 : Member of the Portuguese Economic and Social Council (person of recognised merit)


  • Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator (Portugal)
  • Order of the Oak Crown (Luxembourg)
  • Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France)


Brussels Office

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+32 2 284 58 63

Strasbourg Office

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