Francisco Assis

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Francisco Assis
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Constituency Portugal
In office
1 July 2004 – 30 June 2009
Constituency Portugal
Personal details
Born Francisco José Pereira de Assis Miranda
(1965-01-08) 8 January 1965 (age 52)
Amarante, Portugal
Political party  Portugal:
Socialist Party
Party of European Socialists
Alma mater University of Porto
Profession Teacher

Francisco José Pereira de Assis Miranda (born 8 January 1965 in Amarante) is a Portuguese politician and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Socialist Party; part of the Party of European Socialists from 2004 to 2009, and again from 2014.

Political career[edit]

Role in national politics[edit]

Assis challenged incumbent António José Seguro for the party leadership in 2011.[1]

When the center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho lost its outright majority in parliament as a result of the 2015 national elections, Assis condemned "leftwing fantasies" within his Socialist Party, describing any attempt at an agreement with the anti-euro Communists and the radical left as "absurd".[2] However, on 24 November, Socialist leader António Costa was appointed as Prime Minister after forming a parliamentary alliance with three euroskeptic far-left parties.[3] Assis has since been publicly voicing his staunch opposition against the new coalition agreement.[4][5]

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

Ahead of the 2014 European elections, the Socialist Party named Assis at the top of their list.[6] Following the elections, he became a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights. He is also the chairman of the parliament’s delegation for relations with Mercosur.

Assis has been a political commentator for TV programs SIC Notícias and TVI 24.


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