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António Costa

António Costa

His Excellency
António Costa
GCIH
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119th Prime Minister of Portugal
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 November 2015
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
Preceded by Pedro Passos Coelho
Secretary-General of the Socialist Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
22 November 2014
President Carlos César
Preceded by Maria de Belém Roseira (Acting)
Vice-President of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 11 March 2005
President Josep Borrell
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 11 March 2005
President Josep Borrell
Mayor of Lisbon
In office
1 August 2007 – 6 April 2015
Preceded by Marina Ferreira (Acting)
Succeeded by Fernando Medina
Minister of the Internal Administration
In office
12 March 2005 – 17 May 2007
Prime Minister José Sócrates
Preceded by Daniel Sanches
Succeeded by Rui Pereira
Minister of Justice
In office
25 October 1999 – 6 April 2002
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by José Vera Jardim
Succeeded by Celeste Cardona
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
In office
25 November 1997 – 25 October 1999
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by Manuel Dias Loureiro
Succeeded by Luís Marques Mendes
Adjunct Secretary of

State for Parliamentary Affairs

In office
28 October 1995 – 25 November 1997
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by Luís Filipe Menezes
Succeeded by José Magalhães
 
Personal details
Born António Luís Santos da Costa
(1961-07-17) 17 July 1961 
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Fernanda Tadeu (m. 1987)
Relations Ricardo Costa (brother)
Children 2
Parents Orlando da Costa
Maria Antónia Palla
Residence São Bento Palace
Alma mater University of Lisbon
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António Luís Santos da Costa, GCIH  is a Portuguese lawyer and the Prime Minister of Portugal, in office since 26 November 2015. Previously he was Minister of Parliamentary Affairs from 1997 to 1999, Minister of Justice from 1999 to 2002, Minister of State and Internal Administration from 2005 to 2007, and Mayor of Lisbon from 2007 to 2015. He was elected as Secretary-General of the Socialist Party in September 2014.

Early life and education

Costa was born in 1961 in São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisbon, the son of writer Orlando da Costa. His father was of Goan, Portuguese and French descent. His mother is Maria Antónia Palla, a Portuguese journalist and recognized feminist activist. In 1975, at the age of 14, he was already a member of the Socialist Youth.

Costa graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon in the 1980s, when he first entered politics and was elected as a Socialist deputy to the municipal council. He later practiced law briefly from 1988, before entering politics full-time.

Political career

Costa’s first role in a Socialist government was as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs under Prime Minister António Guterres between 1997 and 1999. António Costa was Minister of Justice from 1999 to 2002.

Costa was a Member of the European Parliament for the Socialist Party (PES), heading the list for the 2004 European elections after the dramatic death of top candidate António de Sousa Franco. On 20 July 2004 he was elected as one of the 14 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament. António Costa also served on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Costa resigned as an MEP on 11 March 2005 to become Minister of State and Internal Administration in the government of José Sócrates following the 2005 national elections.

Mayor of Lisbon, 2007–2015

António Costa resigned all government offices in May 2007 to become his party’s candidate for the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. He was elected as Lisbon’s mayor on 15 July 2007 and reelected in 2009 and 2013, with a bigger majority each time. In April 2015 he resigned his duties as a mayor, while António Costa was already the Secretary General of the Socialist Party and the party’s candidate for Prime Minister, so that he could prepare his campaign for the October 2015 general elections.

Candidate for Prime Minister, 2014–2015

In September 2014, the Socialist Party chose Costa as its candidate to be Prime Minister of Portugal in the 2015 national elections; in a ballot to select the party’s candidate, gaining nearly 70 percent of the votes, he defeated party leader António José Seguro, who announced his resignation after the result. By April 2015, he stepped down as mayor to focus on his campaign.

During the campaign, Costa pledged to ease back on austerity and give more disposable income back to households. He proposed to boost incomes, hiring and growth in order to cut the budget deficits while scrapping austerity measures and cutting taxes, asserting that would still allow deficits to reduce in line with the Euro convergence criteria. Also, António Costa pledged to roll back a hugely unpopular hike in value added tax on restaurants and reinstate some benefits for civil servants.

Prime Minister of Portugal, 2015–present

On 4 October 2015, the conservative Portugal Ahead coalition that had ruled the country since 2011 came first in the elections winning 38,6% of the vote, while the Socialist Party came second with 32,3%. Passos Coelho was reappointed Prime Minister the following days, but António Costa formed an alliance with the other parties on the left (the Left Bloc, the Portuguese Communist Party and the Ecologist Party “The Greens”), which altogether constitute a majority in Parliament, and toppled the government on 10 November (the People–Animals–Nature party also voted in favour of the motion of rejection presented by the left alliance). After toppling the conservative government, Costa was chosen as the new Prime Minister of Portugal by President Cavaco Silva on 24 November and assumed office on 26 November.

By March 2017, polls put support for Costa’s Socialists at 42 percent, up 10 points from their share of the vote in the 2015 election and close to a level that would give them a majority in parliament were the country to vote again.

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Personal life

António Costa’s paternal grandfather, Luís Afonso Maria da Costa, was a Goan Catholic and his father was the writer and poet Orlando da Costa. He also has French descent through his father. His mother is the writer Maria Antónia Palla. His half-brother by his father’s second marriage is the journalist Ricardo Costa.

In 1987, Costa married Fernanda Maria Gonçalves Tadeu, a teacher. The couple have a son and a daughter.

Costa is an avid Benfica fan, being a frequent attendant to the games as Lisbon mayor, as opposed to Sporting Lisbon’s. He also accompanied Benfica to both Europa League finals, in 2013 and 2014.

Civil awards and decorations

  • PRT Order of Prince Henry - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand-Cross of the Order of Prince Henry, Portugal (1 March 2006)
  • Den kongelige norske fortjenstorden storkors stripe.svg Grand-Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Norway (25 September 2009)
  • EST Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana - 3rd Class BAR.png Third Class of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Estonia (16 July 2010)
  • LTU Order for Merits to Lithuania - Grand Cross BAR.svg Grand-Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania, Lithuania (16 July 2010)
  • CHL Order of Merit of Chile - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand-Cross of the Order of Merit, Chile (31 August 2010)
  • GC.OrdineS.GregorioMagno.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, Holy See (3 September 2010)
  • OPMM-gc.svg Grand-Cross of the Order pro merito Melitensi, Sovereign Military Order of Malta (23 November 2010)
  • POL Polonia Restituta Komandorski ZG BAR.svg Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Poland (18 July 2012)
  • BRA Ordem de Rio Branco Comendador BAR.svg Commander of the Order of Rio Branco, Brazil (19 May 2014)
  • JPN Zuiho-sho 2Class BAR.svg Second Class (Grand-Cross) of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Japan (16 February 2015)
  • 2nd class Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Poland (16 February 2015)
  • ESP Charles III Order GC.svg Grand-Cross of the Order of Charles III, Spain (25 November 2016)
  • GRE Order of Honour Grand Cross BAR.png Grand-Cross of the Order of Honour, Greece (21 April 2017)

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