Council of Ministers (Portugal)

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The Council of Ministers (Portuguese: Conselho de Ministros, pronounced [kõˈseʎu dɨ miˈniʃtɾuʃ] or [kõˈsɐʎu dɨ mɨˈniʃtɾuʃ]) is a collegial executive body within the Government of Portugal. It is presided over by the Prime Minister, but the President of Portugal can take on this role at the Prime Minister's request. All senior ministers are members of the council of ministers, and when the prime minister finds it applicable, state secretaries can also attend its meetings.


The Council of Ministers discusses and approves bills to be submitted to the Assembly of the Republic and decrees and resolutions.

Current Council of Ministers[edit]

As of December 18, 2017, the Council of Ministers consists of the following:[1]

Party key Socialist Party
Ministry Incumbent Term
Prime Minister António Costa 26 November, 2015 – present
Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva 26 November, 2015 – present
Presidency and Administrative Modernization Maria Manuel Leitão Marques 26 November, 2015 – present
Finance Mário Centeno 26 November, 2015 – present
National Defence José Alberto Azeredo Lopes 26 November, 2015 – present
Internal Administration Constança Urbano de Sousa 26 November, 2015 – 21 October, 2017
Eduardo Cabrita 21 October, 2017 – present
Justice Francisca Van Dunem 26 November, 2015 – present
Deputy Minister Eduardo Cabrita 26 November, 2015 – 21 October, 2017
Pedro Siza Vieira 21 October, 2017 – present
Culture João Soares 26 November, 2015 – 14 April, 2016
Luís Filipe Castro Mendes 14 April, 2016 – present
Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor 26 November, 2015 – present
Education Tiago Brandão Rodrigues 26 November, 2015 – present
Labour, Solidarity, and Social Security José António Vieira da Silva 26 November, 2015 – present
Health Adalberto Campos Fernandes 26 November, 2015 – present
Planning and Infrastructure Pedro Marques 26 November, 2015 – 18 February, 2019
Economy Manuel Caldeira Cabral 26 November, 2015 – present
Environment João Pedro Matos Fernandes 26 November, 2015 – present
Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development Luís Capoulas Santos 26 November, 2015 – present
Sea Ana Paula Vitorino 26 November, 2015 – present

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