General political demands of Bloco de Esquerda for the European Elections of May 2019
• Strengthening of the universal welfare state, by promoting equal access to health, education and justice;
• Defence of dignity and safety at work, by fighting precarious work, harassment at work and demanding better wages;
• Effective response to climate change through public investment in key sectors such as energy, industry and transport.
- These demands will only be possible with the rejection of the Treaties of the European Union, in particular the Stability and Growth Pact and the European Fiscal Pact.
List of Bloco de Esquerda to the European Parliament
The list of Bloco de Esquerda for the 2019 European elections is headed by MEP Marisa Matias, and respects gender parity with 11 women and 10 men:
1. Marisa Matias
Coimbra, 42 years old. Holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Coimbra and is a member of Bloco de Esquerda’s Political Committee. She has served two terms in the European Parliament, during which she has stood out for her excellent work.
2. José Gusmão
Lisbon, 42 years old. Graduated in economics from the Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG) in Lisbon. He was a deputy of the Portuguese Parliament in the XI Legislature and has worked from 2011 to 2018 as an assistant in the European Parliament, with Miguel Portas and Marisa Matias.
3. Sérgio Aires
Oporto, 50 years old. Holds a degree in Sociology. Between 2012 and 2018 led the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), currently represented in 31 countries. His professional activity is closely linked to the fight against poverty and social inequalities.
4. Anabela Rodrigues
Lisbon, 42 years old. A social and cultural mediator, she is also a leader of SOLIM – Association for the Defence of the Rights of Immigrants. She codirects the Grupo Teatro do Oprimido de Lisboa - GTO LX.
5. Alexandre Abreu
Lisbon, 39 years old. A professor at the Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG), has a master’s degree in Economics from ISEG and a PhD in Economics from SOAS University of London. He was an advisor to the Timor-Leste Ministry of Finance.
6. Ana Rute Marcelino
Rio Maior, 47 years old. Holds a degree in geography, a master’s degree in Sociology and a postgraduate degree in “Governance, Knowledge and Innovation” at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra. She is a leader of Bloco de Esquerda
7. Rui Ferrão
50 years old. Holds a degree in history and is a professor and activist in the defence of archaeological heritage. He is a leader of Bloco de Esquerda Madeira.
8. Alexandra Manes
Flores, 44 years old. Holds a degree in education and works at a Private Institution of Social Solidarity (IPSS). She also belongs to Bloco de Esquerda Azores’ Regional Committee.
9. Bruno Góis
Santarém, 33 years old. Holds a master's degree in International Relations from the Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP-ULisboa) and is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the ICS-Ulisboa. He is a member of Bloco de Esquerda’s National Committee and a feminist activist.
10. Amílcar Morais
43 years. Holds a master's degree in Sociology from ISCTE – IUL and is a professor of Portuguese Sign Language (LGP). He is Vice President of the Portuguese Federation of Deaf Associations.
11. Barbara Xavier
Guarda, 26 years old. She is a psychologist from the University of Coimbra and works in the Portuguese Network of Young People for Gender Equality which aims to promote gender equality and counter gender violence.
12. Daniel Bernardino
46 years old. A coordinator of Faurecia's workers’ committee, in the Autoeuropa Industrial Park. He was a leader of the Trade Union of Workers of Transforming Industries, Energy and Environment Activities of the South (SITE South).
13. Ana Cardoso Pires
Lisbon, 63 years old. She is a translator and was actively involved in the fight against open pit mining in the protected landscape zone of the Serra de Monfurado.
14. Mónica Neto
46 years old. She is a lawyer and municipal deputy in Olhão, Algarve, and local leader of Bloco de Esquerda.
15. Filipe Pereira
41 years old. He is a lawyer responsible for the Legal and Litigation Department of the Corticeiros do Norte Workers’ Union.
16. Izaura Solipa
Samora Correia, 26 years old. Holds a degree in Economics from the Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG) in Lisbon, a master's degree in Economics from the Nova School of Business and Economics (SBE), and is a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
17. Teresa Soares
64 years old, lives in Nuremberg, Germany. She has been a teacher since 1981; teaches Portuguese language and culture in the system of Portuguese Teaching for Foreigners and is general-secretary of the Union of Teachers in the Lusíadas Communities (SPCL).
18. Pedro Oliveira
37 years old. Holds a master's degree in Linguistics from the NOVA University and a PhD candidate in Philosophy/Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He is also a professor at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança.
19. Cristina Guedes
52 years old. She is a professor of Physics and leader of the Union of Teachers of the Central Region. She is a leader of Bloco de Esquerda.
20. Lúcia Pereira Cunha
39 years old. Holds a degree in Biology/Geology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto and a master’s degree in Educational Sciences/Sociocultural Animation from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD).
21. Miguel Martins
Madeira, 18 years old. Student activist in the Braga region. Currently finishing his bachelor's degree in Applied Biology at the University of Minho.