António Vitorino

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António Vitorino
Costa Perry Vitorino DF-SC-98-03115.jpg
António Vitorino in the middle
2nd European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs
In office
13 September 1999 – 31 October 2004
President Romano Prodi
Preceded by Anita Gradin
Succeeded by Franco Frattini
Minister of the Presidency
In office
28 October 1995 – 25 November 1997
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by Fernando Nogueira
Succeeded by Jorge Coelho
Minister of Defence
In office
28 October 1995 – 25 November 1997
Prime Minister António Guterres
Preceded by António Figueiredo Lopes
Succeeded by José Veiga Simão
Judge of the Constitutional Court
In office
2 August 1989 – 10 March 1994
Appointed by Assembly of the Republic
Preceded by Armando Marques Guedes
Succeeded by Maria Fernanda Pereira
Personal details
Born 12 January 1957 (age 58)
Lisbon, Portugal
Political party Socialist
Profession Lawyer

António Vitorino (12 January 1957 in Lisbon; Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɔniu vituˈɾinu]) is a Portuguese politician and member of the Socialist Party (PS).


Vitorino graduated in law from the University of Lisbon. A lawyer by training, he was first elected to Parliament in 1980. He was part of the Portuguese administration in Macau, returning in 1989 to become a judge of the Constitutional Court.

In 1995, he became minister for defence and deputy prime minister in the first government of António Guterres. He resigned in 1997 for being suspected of tax evasion.[1] After being cleared of the charges, he was appointed European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs.[2]

In 2004, Vitorino refused to run for leader of the Socialist Party after the resignation of Ferro Rodrigues, despite being overwhelmingly the favourite candidate.[citation needed] José Sócrates become the new leader of the party instead of Vitorino.

Vitorino also has an ongoing role as commentator for RTP 1's programme Notas Soltas hosted by television journalist Judite Sousa (pt).[3]

Vitorino serves as an Honorary Co-Chair for the World Justice Project.[4]

Antonio Vitorino is the President of Notre Europe, the European think tank founded by Jacques Delors, since June 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Vitorino is married and has two children.


  1. ^ "Portuguese Prime Minister Accepts Aide's Resignation". Washington Post. 23 November 1997. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "EC call for Euro green card". CNN. 12 July 2001. Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "As Notas Soltas de António Vitorino". Retrieved 14 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Honorary Chairs – World Justice Project". Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 

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