Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to address the European Parliament  

Portugal’s new President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, elected on 24 January 2016, will deliver a speech in the European Parliament on Wednesday at 12.00. The 30th anniversary of Portugal's EU membership, the migration and refugee crisis and the current terrorism challenges are expected to be among the topics addressed. Portugal joined the European Communities on 1 January 1986.

Professor of Law Mr Rebelo de Sousa won the presidential elections with 52% of the votes in the first ballot, on 24 January 2016. He started his five year mandate on 9 March.

He was one of the founders of the People’s Democratic Party, later the Social Democratic Party (PSD, member of the EPP group), and party leader from 1996 to 1999. Apart from his political and governmental positions, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was also involved in founding the Portuguese newspapers Expresso and Semanário. He has been a regular political commentator since the 1960s, first in newspapers and later on radio and television.

Formal sitting: Address by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic

Wednesday, 13 April - 12.00-12.30