Fernando RUAS : Curriculum vitae 

Original version : PT 

Curriculum vitae (The MEP is solely responsible for the information published)  
Updated: 02/02/2015 

Education (qualifications and diplomas) 

  • 1978 : University, Economics: Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra.

Professional career 

  • 1973-1982 : Secondary school teacher (Public service, government)
  • 1982-1989 : Senior public service adviser (Public service, government)
  • 1986-1989 : Member of the Executive Board of the Viseu Social Security Centre (Public service, government)

Political career 

Offices held in a political party or national trade union  
  • 1983-1987 : Chair of the Policy Committee, Viseu PSD Section
  • 1997-1999 : Chair of the PSD District Assembly Bureau
  • 1999-2007 : Vice-Chair of the Bureau, PSD National Congress/National Council
  • 2005-... : Chair of the PSD District Assembly Bureau
  • 2010-... : Chair of the Bureau, PSD National Congress/National Council
Offices held in local government bodies  
  • 1989-2013 : Chair of Viseu Municipal Council
  • 1990-2013 : President of the Viseu District Assembly
  • 1994-2002 : Vice-President of the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities (ANMP)
  • 2002-2013 : President of the ANMP
Offices held in a national parliament  
  • 1995-2002 : Assembly of the Republic – elected to serve in the seventh and eighth terms
Offices held in the EU institutions  
  • 1994-2013 : Founder member of the Committee of the Regions (CoR)
Offices held in other European organisations  
  • 2001-2004 : Full member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CLRAE)
  • 2002-2013 : Member of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR/CCRE), representing the ANMP
Offices held in other international organisations  
  • 1999-2000 : Chair of the Spanish-Portuguese Standing Bureau of the 'Uma rota para a Europa' (a route for Europe) association of municipalities
  • 2006-2013 : Member of the World Council Executive Bureau, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
  • 2009-2013 : Chair of the Local Authority Forum – Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP)


  • 2009: Gold Medal of the Société Académique des Arts, Sciences et Lettres (academic society of arts, science, and literature) (Paris, France)
  • 2005: Amicis Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skłodowska Medal, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Lublin, Poland)
  • 2013: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Presidency of the Portuguese Republic
  • 2013: 'Viriato de Ouro' award, Municipality of Viseu (Viseu, Portugal)