Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues

Luís Eduardo Barreto Ferro Rodrigues ( born November 3, 1949 in Lisbon ) is a Portuguese economist and politician of the Socialist Party (PS). He is currently the OECD Ambassador of Portugal.


Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues graduated in economics in 1972 at the Instituto Superior de Ciências e Económicas Financeiras, now the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, at the University of Lisbon in Portugal with the usual Lizenziatur ( licenciatura ) from. He then worked as a visiting professor at the Higher Institute for Business and Work Science (Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa ), where he taught Portuguese economy.

From 1986 to 1987 he was press secretary of the Socialist Party of Labour and Social Affairs. From 1987 to 1991 was a member of the Party Secretariat and was responsible for social and economic affairs. From 1992 to 1994 was a member of the Party Commission. Since 1991, Ferro Rodrigues was represented in the Portuguese Parliament, overall in the IV, V, VI. and IX. Legislature. In the VI. Ferro Rodrigues period had held the office of Vice Presidents of the PS.

After the parliamentary elections in 1995, when the Socialist Party won a relative majority, nominated Prime Minister Guterres Ferro Rodrigues as the new Minister of Solidarity and Social Security ( Ministro de Solidariedade s social security scheme ). The office he held until 25 November 1997 he headed the Department of Labour and Solidarity ( Ministro de Trabalho e Solidariedade ). The office he retained under the second government Guterres, however, changed on 10 March 2001 and became the new Minister for Social Services and Public Works ( Ministro de Obras Públicas the Equipamento Social e ). On 16 December 2001, the Portuguese local elections took place, in which the Socialists had incurred heavy losses. Then Prime Minister Guterres resigned from all offices back, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues joined as a Minister and took over the vacant position of Secretary General of the Partido Socialista January 21, 2002.

Meanwhile, took over the Portuguese Social Democrats after the 2002 elections, the Portuguese government under Prime Minister Durão Barroso. After this resigned to accept for the post of Commission President, President Jorge Sampaio decided to declare new elections, but to swear in Pedro Santana Lopes as new prime minister. This decision was strongly criticized by all left-wing parties in the Portuguese Parliament. Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues stepped back then as opposition leader and general secretary of the Socialists, and was succeeded by the later prime minister José Sócrates.

After the resignation, he kept his first mandate in the Assembleia da República and led the Portuguese delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. November 3, 2005, he was nominated as the new OECD Ambassador of Portugal. He exercises this function until today. Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues is married and has two adult children.