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ⓘ Antonio Cardoso e Cunha is a retired Portuguese Social Democratic Party politician. He was a government minister in the 1970s and 1980s, and then from 1986 to 1 ..




                                     

ⓘ Antonio Cardoso e Cunha

Antonio Cardoso e Cunha is a retired Portuguese Social Democratic Party politician. He was a government minister in the 1970s and 1980s, and then from 1986 to 1992 he served as Portugals first European Commissioner.

                                     

1. Career

Born in Leiria, Cardoso e Cunha studied at the University of Lisbon and then worked as chemical engineer and in business administration.

He was elected to the Assembly of the Republic in 1978, and in September 1978 he was appointed as State Secretary for Foreign Trade, a junior ministerial post in the Democratic Alliance government led by Alfredo Nobre da Costa. In November 1978, the new Prime Minister Carlos Mota Pinto appointed Cardoso e Cunha as State Secretary for Industrial Renewal. From 1980 to 1981, Cardoso e Cunha served in the cabinets of Francisco Sa Carneiro and Francisco Pinto Balsemão as Minister for Ariculture and fisheries.

When Portugal joined the European Economic Community in 1986, Cardoso e Cunha was nominated by the government of Anibal Cavaco Silva to be Portugals first member of the European Commission. He joined the first Delors Commission as Commissioner for Fisheries, and in 1989 was appointed to the second Delors Commission as Commissioner for Energy, Euratom, small businesses, staff and translation. He served until the Commissions term ended in 1993.

He was then appointed as the first commissioner of Expo 98. He was replaced in 1997 after a change of government, and became president of the state-owned airline TAP Air Portugal until 2004.

In 2006, Cardoso e Cunha was declared bankrupt by the Lisbon Court of Commerce.