Edite Estrela

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Edite Estrela
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Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 2014
Mayor of Sintra
In office
Preceded byRui Silva
Succeeded byFernando Seara
Personal details
Born (1949-10-28) 28 October 1949 (age 73)
Belver, Carrazeda de Ansiães Municipality, Portugal
Political partyNational:
Socialist Party
Party of European Socialists

Edite de Fátima Santos Marreiros Estrela, GCIH (born Belver; 28 October 1949[1]) is a Portuguese politician of the Socialist Party[2] who has been serving as a member of the Parliament of Portugal since the 2015 elections. She is a currently the parliament's vice president

Estrela was previously a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 until 2014. She was also the Mayor of Sintra from 1994 and 2002 and ateacher of literature.[1]

Political career[edit]

Member of the European Parliament, 2004–2014[edit]

During her time in the European Parliament, Estrela was a member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.[3]

From 2009 until 2010, Estrela served as the parliament's rapporteur on draft legislation on parental leave.[4][5] In 2013 she wrote a controversial parliamentary report on sexual and reproductive health and rights, which was narrowly rejected in the European Parliament.[citation needed]

In addition to her committee assignments, Estrela was part of the parliament's delegation for relations with the Mercosur countries (2009–2014), to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (2007–2014) and for relations with the countries of Central America (2007–2009).[6]

Member of the Parliament of Portugal, 2015–present[edit]

In addition to her role in parliament, Estrela has been serving as a member of the Portuguese delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 2016.[7] As a member of the Socialist Party, she is part of the Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group.

On the Assembly, Estrela serves on the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (since 2021); the Sub-Committee on Public Health and Sustainable Development (since 2020); the Sub-Committee on Gender Equality (since 2019); the Sub-Committee on the Rights of Minorities (since 2019); the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (since 2018); the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 2018); and the Sub-Committee on Children (since 2018). She is also the Assembly's rapporteur on climate change[8] and Romania.[9] Since 2022, she has been one of the Assembly’s vice-presidents, under the leadership of president Tiny Kox.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Edite Estrela". European Parliament. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Longer maternity leave eyed in EU to boost births". Reuters. 20 October 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  3. ^ Edite Estrela European Parliament.
  4. ^ Jim Brunsden (9 December 2009), Empowering Europe’s women European Voice.
  5. ^ Simon Taylor (7 December 2010), Maternity leave plan rejected European Voice.
  6. ^ Edite Estrela European Parliament.
  7. ^ Edite Estrela Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
  8. ^ Developing ‘climate resilience’ in the face of global warming through the rule of law Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, press release of 16 March 2021.
  9. ^ PACE co-rapporteurs, ending Romania visit, welcome ongoing judicial reform Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, press release of 7 July 2022.
  10. ^ PACE elects two new Vice-Presidents Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), press release of 20 June 2022.