Manuel Barroso Bio..
José Manuel Durão Barroso was
born on the 23rd of March, 1956 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Barroso has been the President of the European
Commission since November 1, 2004. Barroso graduated
from the University of Lisbon in Law and received
an MSc in Economic and Social Sciences at the
University of Geneva.
Barroso was the Prime Minister of Portugal from
6 April 2002 until the 29th of June 2004, before
he took the position in the EU institution from
the previous president of the European Commission
Romano Prodi. Being the PM in Portugal, Barroso
supported the United States of America's position
in Iraq which provoked much protest within society
started being active in politics in 1974 by
joining the Carnation Revolution (25 April 1974)
and being a member of the Social Democratic
Party since 1980. Barroso was the Minister of
Foreign Affairs in Portugal from 1992 to 1995.
In the year 1999 Barroso was elected and gained
the position of the president of the Social
Democratic Party. Barroso became a member of
the European Movement in 1991 which was a result
of his interest in the EU, and by founding the
University Association for European studies
in the year 1979.
was appointed to be the President of the European
Commission in June, 2004, and his Commission
was approved by the European Parliament by 413
Barroso has received many awards, honors and
recognition from his activity in politics and
the science, such as the award for the Global
Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum
in 1993 and the Personality of the Year in 1991
by the Foreign Press Association in Portugal.
is married to Margarida Sousa Uva and has three
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