Maria João Rodrigues

Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats; former Minister of Employment in Portugal

Maria João Rodrigues is a Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair, in charge of Economic and Social Policies, in the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. She is a Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and of the Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China

After being a Minister of Employment in Portugal, she moved since 2000 to different roles of policy maker in the European Institutions, particularly as member of EU Presidencies leading teams and as special advisor to the European Commission.

She has been working on the EU Strategy for growth and jobs, the Lisbon Strategy followed by the EU2020, and has since then been known as the “mother of the Lisbon Strategy”. By chairing several EU high-level groups and preparing European Council meetings over the last fifteen years, she has been involved in the design and implementation of several other EU policies: the Lisbon Treaty negotiation, the Erasmus Programme and the New Skills for New Jobs Initiative, the strategic partnerships with China, Brazil, South Africa and USA and more recently, the Eurozone crisis. She was the chair of the Advisory Group for socio-economic sciences in the European Commission in charge of preparing  the 7th Framework Research Programme. She is also Member of the Advisory Board of the European Policy Centre (Brussels) and of the Governing Board of Notre Europe (Paris). 

Maria holds three Master’s degrees and a PhD in economics from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, as well as a Degree in Sociology from the University of Lisbon.