EPP Vice Chairman since 2015 responsible for the Membership Working Group III mandated to promote, facilitate and incorporate new EPP members, associate members, and observers throughout the continent leading missions to countries like Moldova, Byelorussia, Lebanon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Ukraine, Morocco and Montenegro
Since 2016, EPP chair of the Ethics Committee that wrote the Code of Conduct and the Internal regulations approved in the 14th October 2019 Political Assembly
Member of the European Parliament since 2009 and Vice Chairman of the EPP Group responsible for the Future of Europe since 2019. From 2014-2019, chairman of the European Ideas Network, a centre-right pan-European think-tank with an active membership of around 3000 policy-makers and opinion-shapers across the European Union. From 2009-2014 responsible for the relations with National Parliaments.
Head of the PSD Portuguese delegation in the European Parliament and Administrator of the Robert Schuman Foundation since 2009.
Chairman of the PSD parliamentary group in 2008-2009, and member of the Portuguese Parliament during the 10th legislature.
Secretary of State, Deputy of the Minister of Justice under the 16th government (2004-2005).
Guest Lecturer in the Law Faculty of the Portuguese Catholic University – Porto School (Political Science; Theory of Constitution). Guest Lecturer of the MBA (Power and Influence) and of International Economy Post-Graduation (Geopolitics) in the Porto Business School – University of Oporto. Graduate of the Faculty of Law, Portuguese Catholic University of Porto
Between 1994-2005, lawyer and partner of law firm “Castro, Pinho, Peres e Xavier” in Oporto Office; between 2006-2016, lawyer and partner of law firm “Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira” in Oporto Office.
Member of the board of directors of the Porto Trade Association, chairman of the General Assembly of RAR Group and regular commentator in various branches of the media (tv, radio and papers).
Publications: many speeches and lectures, scholarly articles and books on legal, political and constitutional issues, including Repensar o Poder Judical, Publicações Universidade Católica, 2001, O Estado do Estado, D. Quixote, 2009.
Research work: with the DAAD in Frankfurt, with the European Institute in Florence, the University of Osnabrück, the University of Lausanne, the University of Bologna, the University of Genoa and the University of Freiburg.
Awarded the Grosse Verdienstkreuz mit Stern by the Federal Republic of German (2009); the Council of Europe’s René Cassin Prize (1989); the D. António Ferreira Gomes Prize (1986).