José Ribeiro e Castro

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José Ribeiro e Castro in 2012

José Duarte de Almeida Ribeiro e Castro (born Lisbon, 24 December 1953)[1] is a Portuguese lawyer and politician. He was the leader of the People's Party from 24 April 2005 to 2007, when he was replaced again by Paulo Portas. He was also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1999 to 2009, for the Social Democratic PartyPeople's Party coalition;[1] part of the European People's Party–European Democrats group.


He is a Graduate in law (Lisbon, 1975).


He was a member of Odemira Municipal Assembly (1982-1985).

  • EPP/ED group coordinator at the Human Rights Subcommittee in the European Parliament (since 2004).[1]
  • Member and Chairman of Sintra Municipal Assembly (since 2002).
  • Legal adviser to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (since 1991).
  • Member of the Higher Council for Social Policy of the Ministry of Social Affairs (1988–1990).
  • Member of the Portuguese Parliament (1976–1983 and 1999).
  • Adviser and assistant to the Ministry of Education (1987–1991).
  • Secretary of State in the Deputy Prime Minister's Office (1980 and 1981–1983).


He is a member of the National Board of the CDS party (1975–1983) and the CDS-PP (1998-2003). Member of the CDS-PP’s National Board Executive Committee (since 2004). Vice-Chairman of the CDS’ parliamentary group for 1981 and CDS spokesman 1976–1983.


He founded Juventude Centrista in 1974.

He worked as a legal expert and counsellor (1976–1999).

He worked in television, being a member (1988–1990), and Chairman (1990–1991), of the inspection board of RTP (Portuguese Radio and Television). Between 1991 and 1999, he held a number of managerial posts at TVI television.

He was vice-chairman of Sport Lisboa e Benfica for 1997–1998.

He is a contributor to various newspapers.