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António Vitorino

António Vitorino

Former President of the Jacques Delors Institute

António Vitorino, a lawyer by profession since 1982, has been an associate at the law firm Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira & Associados since 2005.

Elected to parliament in 1980, he was Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in the government of Mario Soares (1983-85) before becoming Deputy Secretary in the Macau government (1986-87). He was a judge on Portugal's Constitutional Court (1989-94) before being elected MEP in 1994. In 1995 he became Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Portugal. In 1999 António Vitorino was appointed European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs, a post he occupied until 2004. As a representative of the European Commission he took part in both the convention which drew up the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Convention on the Future of Europe.

António Vitorino, born in 1957 in Lisbon, holds a degree in law from the University of Lisbon and a master's degree in political science.


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- Managing a successful UK-EU divorce, arousing the desire for Union - The EU and our collective security: stronger together! - Increasing the positive signals and acting at source - EU security: a matter of political urgency - The EU-UK Agreement: much ado about (almost) nothing? - Schengen's stress test: political issues and perspectives - "Schengen": a race against the time or a fools’ game? - “Shared sovereignty for monitoring borders already shared” - Schengen is dead? Long live Schengen! - After the Greek deal: why it is urgent to complete EMU - The EU and Greece: Changing frames and pursuing the Odyssey - On asylum and the euro: displaying solidarity is in our own interest - The EU’s migrant strategy: a welcome new impetus - Erasmus Pro: for a million "young European apprentices" by 2020 - A catalyst role for the Union - “Schengen”, terrorism and security - The EU needs a fresh boost... Fast! - Free movement of people: António Vitorino clarifies the debate - A new road map for the EU - A dual horizon: emerging from the crisis and addressing international challenges - Reforming Europe's governance - The Commission reform: between efficiency and legitimacy - A new president, for what purpose? - Post-election EU: Ask for the programme! - Engaging Europe in the world - Europa: Chance und Streit! - Europe: union is an opportunity and a struggle! - Making more of our interdependence - Freedom of movement in the EU: like the air that we breathe? - European Commission and Parliament: what relations? - European elections: full steam ahead! - "Solidarity that unites" and "cooperation that strengthens" - Europeans and the use of force - A time-lag problem, or even a lack of consistency - António Vitorino about the free movement of the people in the EU - Germany and the EU : a new cycle? - Averting two pitfalls: illusion and inertia - The European Energy Community is now ! - EU budget: the path to an agreement - EU and growth: three pacts rather than one - Is the stupidity pact still stable? - The EU budget: taking a second look - Germany, France, EU: acting together - The Nobel Prize, then what? - EMU: both reinforced and displaying solidarity - What future for the EU and its Court of justice? - Den Euro vollenden - The euro zone, core of a political union - Jacques Delors' "Triptych": current situation and prospects - The interim report on the EMU is encouraging - Which Institutions for the Euro Area? - "Germany strongly evolved during the crisis" - "The Spanish situation leads us to the banking union" - Completing the Euro: A road map towards fiscal union in Europe - The European "Fiscal Compact": a goal or a starting point? - Seminar on the Community Method. Elements of Synthesis - Stability and growth: perfecting the new European pact - The EU and the Arab Spring: a vision for our neighbours - The Community Method: Historical Evolutions and Political Challenges - Interview with António Vitorino on the occasion of the European Council meeting on 1 and 2 March 2012 - The 'TSCG': much ado about nothing? - Maastricht: The Five Pillars of Wisdom - Interview with António Vitorino on the occasion of the European Council meeting on 8-9 December 2011 - "Austerity, but also growth" - "Austerity, but also growth" - Declaration of Notre Europe's Steering Committee 2011 - European Union's response to the Arab Spring: Building a true pole of influence with all our neighbours - Interview with António Vitorino on the occasion of the European Council and Summit on 23 October 2011 - President Barroso's Road Map - The euro, words and facts - Opinions about the euro crisis before the European Council of July 2011
- Berlin, 4 July 2016 - Schengen at the crossroads - Brussels, 15 June 2016 - Challenges ahead for the EU - Lisbon, 30 November 2015 - Europe beyond the crisis - Brussels, 3 November 2015 - Can euro and non-euro members share a vision of the EU? - Paris, 23 October 2015 - Our 2015 European steering committee (ESC) - Brussels, 13 October 2015 - The Juncker Plan : Open questions - Valletta, 23 September 2015 - EASO and the future of the Common European Asylum System - Paris, 26 June 2015 - The Schengen area under threat: Problem or solution? - Warsaw, 21 May 2015 - 30 years of Schengen: was it worth it? - Lisbon, 17 April 2015 - The future of Portugal in Europe - Lisbon, 10 April 2015 - What future for Politics in Europe? - Paris, 12 & 13 December 2014 - Our 2014 European streering committee - Roma, 5 November 2014 - Towards a new constitutionalism - Paris, 27 June 2014 - Immigration and asylum: which policy for the EU? - Lisbon, 10 June 2014 - António Vitorino awarded with the title of Grand Officer of the Order of Christ - Paris, 20 May 2014 -The democratic crisis : what solutions ? - Berlin, 11 March 2014 - The future of Europe and a new social contract? German and portuguese perspectives - Harvard, 1 March 2014 - European Parliament 2014 Elections - Brussels, 20 January 2014 - The relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission - Madrid, 9 December 2013 - Europe's future - London, 14 November 2013 - Migration in the cities and regions - Brussels, 28 octobre 2013 - The rise of euroscepticism and the functioning of the European Parliament - Brussels, 11 October 2013 - Can we still like Europe ? - Paris, 9 October 2013 - What economic, financial and social choices for the EU? - Paris, 10 September 2013 - Designing a European Fiscal union : lessons from the experience of fiscal federations - Citizens' Web Dialogue, 4 July 2013 - A.Vitorino answers your questions on European current issues - Paris, 4 July 2013 - What strategy(ies) to address the demographic challenge? - Lisbon, 28 June 2013 - European Lawyers Union XXVII General Congress - Brussels, 19 June 2013 - Brussels Economic Forum - Paris, 18 June 2013 - EU maritime borders: where are we ? - Athens, 27 May 2013 - Europe : towards a common future Nord - South - Brussels, 15 May 2013 - EU External Action: Time for a Strategic Rebound - Barcelona, 12 April 2013 - The European Union in the world - Madrid, April 10th 2013 - European governance in between continuity and change - Lisbon, 21 March 2013 - Forum of the public policies - Brussels, 18 March 2013 - The future of the European Union - Berlin, 15 to 17 March 2013 - Annual Meeting of the Trilateral Commission - Lisbon, 13 March 2013 - The Politics of European neighborhood - Lisbon, 22 January 2013 - France, Germany, Europe: 50 years and beyond? Portuguese point of view - Luxembourg, 3 and 4 December 2012 - 60th anniversary of Court of Justice - Paris, 23 and 24 November 2012 - European Steering Committee of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute’s - Brussels, 19 November 2012 - Financial Stability and the Single Market - Lisbon, 18 October - António Vitorino awarded with French National Order of the Legion - Lisbon, 8 October 2012 - António Vitorino awarded with French Légion d'honneur - Brussels, 16 October 2012 - "Competition – Cooperation – Solidarity: Facing the New EU Challenges" - Brussels, 20 September 2012 - Freedom of movement of persons in the Schengen Area - A critical juncture? - Brussels, 9 July 2012 - Presentation of the report of of the "Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa group" - Paris, 28 June 2012 - Access to Europe and visa policies - Berlin, 26-27 June 2012 - European Forum of think tanks "European influence under scrutiny" - Brussels, 7 June 2012 - The Sovereign Debt Crisis: Towards Fiscal Union in Europe? - Lisbon, 13 April 2012 - XII National meeting of Foundations - Brussels, 28 February 2012 - Community Method, Governance, Efficiency and Democratic Legitimacy - Brussels, 7 February 2012 - The Maastricht Treaty: 20 years later - Brussels, 20 January 2012 - Saving Schengen - Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Group - Paris, 20 December 2011 - First meeting of the Padoa-Schioppa Group on the reform of the EMU governance - Barcelona, 28 November 2011 - Local Governments and current challenges of the European Union - Paris, 18 October 2011 - Being an actor of the Europan construction - Torino, 7th and 8th July 2011 - The post-2013 financial perspectives - Brussels, 15 June 2011 - Presentation of the report Think Global Act European
- A.Vitorino and Y.Bertoncini on Eurasia Review about permanent security checks within Schengen - Jacques Delors, Pascal Lamy & alii in l'Humanité : La peur pour relancer l’Europe ? - J.Delors & alii in the "La UE y nuestra seguridad colectiva: ¡juntos somos más fuertes!" - J.Delors, A.Vitorino & alii in the : La UE e la nostra sicurezza collettiva: più forti insieme!! - J.Delors, A.Vitorino & alii on the : L'UE et notre sécurité collective, plus forts ensemble! - J.Delors, A.Vitorino & alii in Reuters on strengthening EU collective security with the UK - Antonio Vitorino on BBC to simulate the scenario of the negotiations post Brexit victory - António Vitorino in Sapo24 about the creation of a Security Council for the EU - António Vitorino and Yves Bertoncini in l'OBS about the EU - Turkey agreement - António Vitorino in Sapo24 : "Crise de migrações só será estancada com controlos na Turquia" - «Strefa Schengen umarła? Niech żyje Schengen!» our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Euractiv Poland - «Schengen is dead? Long live Schengen!» our 2015 ESC' declaration published in - «Schengen je mrtvý? Ať žije Schengen» our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Hospodářské noviny - «Schengen je mŕtvy? Nech žije Schengen!» our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Dennik N - «Schengen est mort ? Vive Schengen !» our 2015 ESC' declaration published in the Luxemburger Wort - «Schengen er død – længe leve Schengen!» our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Jyllands-Posten - «Schengen está morto? Viva Schengen!» our 2015 ESC' declaration on Sic Noticias - «Schengen est mort ? Vive Schengen !» our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Le Soir - «Schengen está morto? Viva Schengen!» our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Publico - "Ne tuez pas Schengen !" our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Le Temps - "Solo Schengen potrà difenderci dal terrorismo" our 2015 ESC' declaration published in La Repubblica - "Η Σένγκεν πέθανε; Ζήτω η Σένγκεν!" our 2015 ESC' declaration published in To Vima - "Schengen est mort ? Vive Schengen !" our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Le Monde - "Lang lebe Schengen!" our 2015 ESC' declaration published in Handelsblatt - "¡Larga vida a Schengen!" our 2015 ESC' declaration published in El Pais - A.Vitorino and Y.Pascouau on EuradioNantes: control and solidarity at the EU borders - Antonio Vitorino in Publico : "Merci Jacques!" - António Vitorino on Euradionantes to talk about the Schengen area's developpement - António Vitorino in Les Echos: "Il reste beaucoup à faire pour avoir un système européen d'asile" - António Vitorino guest of Carrefour de l'Europe on RFI about Schengen 30th anniversary - Our working group on youth employment in the Frankfurter Rundschau - A.Vitorino and Y.Pascouau on the Huffington Post "L'agenda migratoire de l'UE: un nouvel élan bienvenu" - Our working group on youth employment in Le Monde: "Un Erasmus pour les jeunes apprentis" - Our working group on youth employment in The Guardian to promote an "Erasmus Pro" program - António Vitorino and Yves Bertoncini in the on Schengen, terrorism and security - António Vitorino and Yves Bertoncini in on Schengen, terrorism and security - The study "Reforming Europe's 'governance' by Y.Bertoncini and A.Vitorino in - "Ein neuer Vertrag für Europa" : J.Delors and A.Vitorino in Handelsblatt - "EU election aftermath: ask for the programme" : J.Delors and A.Vitorino on - "L'union après les élections: demandez le programme !" : J.Delors and A.Vitorino in The Huffington Post - "Europe’s chance to make strategic comeback" : J. Delors, A. Vitorino, P. Lamy & the Task Force in the FT - "Renverser le déclin européen" : J.Delors, A Vitorino, P.Lamy and the Task Force in Le Temps - J.Delors, A.Vitorino A.Vitorino and our Board "The European Union is an opportunity and a struggle" - J.Delors, A.Vitorino and P.Lamy and the Task Force: "Manifeste pour engager l'Europe dans le monde" - "Europe: the union is a chance and a struggle": J.Delors, A.Vitorino and our Board in Le Temps - "Europa: ¡la unión es una oportunidad y una lucha!": J.Delors, A.Vitorino and our Board in La Razon - "Europe: the union is a chance and a struggle": J.Delors, A.Vitorino and our Board in Le Figaro - "European elections: full steam ahead!": Our 2013 ESC' declaration published in La Revue de la CFDT - Y. Bertoncini and A. Vitorino on "EU's free movement: Like the air that we breathe?" - A.Vitorino and Y.Bertoncini on the Huffington Post: "La libre circulation: comme l'air qu'on respire?" - "Elections européennes : en avant, toute !" our ESC final declaration in La Libre Belgique - "Promoting European construction on the basis of clear alternatives", our ESC declaration on - "Eine pralle Agenda", our European Steering Committee (ESC) final declaration in Handelsblatt - "Por una gran Europa", Our 2013 European Steering Committee (ESC) final declaration in La Razon - "La sfida della grande Europa", our European Steering Committee (ESC) final declaration in La Repubblica - "Ολοταχώς προς τις Ευρωεκλογές με τρεις στόχους": Our 2013 ESC' final declaration published in To Vima - "Elections européennes : en avant, toute!" : Our 2013 ESC' declaration published in le Figaro - "En avant pour les européennes de 2014!": Our 2013 ESC' final declaration published in Le Temps - "Em frente pelas eleições europeias de 2014!": deOur 2013 ESC final declaration published in Publico - Antonio Vitorino quoted in the French Newspaper Le Monde "Comment Bruxelles surveille les Etats" - Antonio Vitorino and Pascal Lamy quoted in Le Monde about the immigration in Europe - J.Delors, A.Vitorino and Y.Bertoncini on "Germany and the EU: a new cycle?" - J.Delors, A.Vitorino and Y.Bertoncini in the Huffington Post to call for new relations between Germany and the EU - J.Delors, T.Repentin, E.Guigou and A.Vitorino on the Huffington Post "Europe le débat c'est maintenant!" - J.Delors, T.Repentin, E.Guigou and A.Vitorinoin the JDD make a commitment against the eurosceptics - Antonio Vitorino on EuroparlTV about the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights - António Vitorino mentionned in El Mundo after his participation to the round table "Círculo de Economía" - J.Delors, J.Buzek, A.Vitorino and S.Andoura on "The European energy community is now" - S.Andoura, J.Buzek, J.Delors and A.Vitorino call in Le Monde for the European energy policy - António Vitorino on France 24 and RFI, on 18th and 19th May, guest of the show "Europe now" - P. Lamy, A. Vitorino and E. Fabry in about the EU external action - Jacques Delors and Antonio Vitorino signed a Viewpoint on the EU budget in the Huffington Post - Antonio Vitorino interviewed in Géo in an article untitled "Europe les frontières qui restent" - Jacques Delors, Antonio Vitorino and our Board of Directors deals with the EU and growth in the Huffington Post - Antonio Vitorino mentionned in the French Newspaper Le Monde "La bataille pour le gouvernement de l'euro" - António Vitorino on "RTP Informação" to analyze 2012 in Europe - Antonio Vitorino on Toute l'Europe "N'utilisons pas le saut fédéral comme alibi" - Euractiv: "Delors disciples request leaders to draw vision for the future" - Antonio Vitorino in Il Sole 24 Ore on the next European Council - Antonio Vitorino in Publico about the European Council Meeting (28 - 29 of June 2012) - Antonio Vitorino on NIC-Noticias to comment the results of the European Council (June 2012) - Antonio Vitorino and Vaira Vike-Freiberga in The Project Syndicate: " A German Europe?" - Euro area and European Council: Interview with António Vitorino - Interview of Antonio Vitorino on the eurozone crisis - " Europe is not yet convinced that towards a secondary role on the international stage " - Publico, 3 July 2011 - J Delors, A Vitorino, E Davignon and Y Bertoncini co-signs an article in Le Monde untitled "A clear vision for the Euro"
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