|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2014 – 2019
20 July 2004 – 30 June 2009
|Mayor of Amarante|
|Member of the Assembly of the Republic|
27 October 1995 – 19 July 2004
20 June 2011 – 30 June 2014
15 October 2009 – 19 June 2011
Francisco José Pereira de Assis Miranda
8 January 1965
|Political party|| Portugal:|
Socialist Party (1985–present)
Party of European Socialists
|Spouse(s)||Vanda Susana Pinto da Cunha Teixeira Pinto|
|Alma mater||University of Porto|
Francisco José Pereira de Assis Miranda (born 8 January 1965, in Amarante) is a Portuguese politician who served as 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 until 2019. He is also a former mayor of Amarante, having been in office from 1989 to 1995, and member of the Assembly of Republic, for two time occasions, the first from 1995 to 2004 and the second from 2009 to 2014.
Role in national politics
When the right-wing coalition government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho lost its absolute majority in parliament as a result of the 2015 legislative election, Assis condemned "left-wing fantasies" within his own Socialist Party, describing any attempt at an agreement with the Communists and the Left Bloc as "absurd". However, on 24 November, Socialist leader António Costa was appointed as Prime Minister after forming a parliamentary alliance with three left-wing parties. Assis has since been publicly voicing his staunch opposition against the new coalition agreement, which he has reaffirmed in the context of the October 2017 local elections and wildfires' aftermath.
Member of the European Parliament (2014–2019)
Ahead of the 2014 European elections, the Socialist Party named Assis at the top of their list. Following elections, he became a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on Human Rights. He was also the chairman of the parliament's delegation for relations with Mercosur.
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