Name: António Costa
Occupation: Prime Minister of Portugal, politician
Fields of Expertise: Judiciary and internal administration matters, parliamentary and European affairs
António Costa is the Prime Minister of Portugal. Before becoming Prime Minister, he was the Mayor of the Lisbon City Hall for almost ten years, during three consecutive terms, between 2007 and 2015.
He has served in several important positions in the Portuguese Government, being in charge of the judiciary and interior administration matters. He held positions as Minister of State and Internal Administration from 2005 to 2007, and was the Minister of Justice, between 1999 and 2002.
Under Prime Minister Costa´s leadership, the Portuguese government laid out the welcome mat for refugees who have landed on Europe’s shores. António Costa has continuously underlined that Europe must be open to host people in need of international protection, by replacing dangerous, irregular migration routes with legal processes of resettlement of refugees, and by accelerating the relocation processes of refugees already in Greece and Italy. At the same time, the EU efforts must be enhanced to establish readmission agreements with the countries of the immigrants’ origin.
Prime Minister António Costa has also outlined that the refugee issues need to be addressed bearing in mind the larger context of the region’s economic disparities, that are aggravated by the structural problems of the Eurozone.