Council of Ministers (Portugal)

The Council of Ministers (Portuguese: Conselho de Ministros, pronounced [kõˈseʎu dɨ miˈniʃtɾuʃ] or [kõˈsɐʎu dɨ mɨˈniʃtɾuʃ]) is a collegial executive body within the Government of Portugal. It is presided over by the Prime Minister, but the President of Portugal can take on this role at the Prime Minister's request. All senior ministers are members of the Council of Ministers, and when the prime minister finds it applicable, state secretaries can also attend its meetings.


The Council of Ministers discusses and approves bills to be submitted to the Assembly of the Republic and decrees and resolutions.

Current Council of MinistersEdit

As of 17 October 2021, the Council of Ministers consists of the following:[1]

Party key Socialist Party
Ministry Incumbent Term
Prime Minister António Costa 26 November 2015 – present
Minister of State Economy and Digital Transition Pedro Siza Vieira 15 October 2018 – present
Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva 26 November 2015 – present
Premiership Mariana Vieira da Silva 18 February 2019 – present
Finance João Leão 15 June 2020 – present
National Defence João Gomes Cravinho 15 October 2018 – present
Internal Administration Eduardo Cabrita 21 October 2017 – present
Justice Francisca Van Dunem 26 November 2015 – present
Modernisation of the State and Public Administration Alexandra Leitão 26 October 2019 – present
Planning Nelson de Souza 18 February 2019 – present
Culture Graça Fonseca 15 October 2018 – present
Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor 26 November 2015 – present
Education Tiago Brandão Rodrigues 26 November 2015 – present
Labour, Solidarity, and Social Security Ana Mendes Godinho 26 October 2019 – present
Health Marta Temido 15 October 2018 – present
Environment and Climate Action João Pedro Matos Fernandes 26 November 2015 – present
Infrastructure and Housing Pedro Nuno Santos 18 February 2019 – present
Territorial Cohesion Ana Abrunhosa 26 October 2019 – present
Agriculture Maria do Céu Antunes 26 October 2019 – present
Sea Ricardo Serrão Santos 26 October 2019 – present

The following are also attending the meetings of the Council of Ministers, but without voting rights:

  • Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs - Duarte Cordeiro;
  • Secretary of State for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers - André Moz Caldas.

Presidency of the Council of MinistersEdit

The Presidency of the Council of Ministers is the central department of the Government of Portugal whose mission is to provide support to the Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister and the other members of the Government organically integrated there and promote inter-ministerial coordination of the various government departments.

In accordance with the Organic Law of the XXII Constitutional Government, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers comprises the following members of the Government:[2]

  • Prime Minister
    • Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs
    • Secretary of State Adjunct to the Prime Minister
  • Minister of State and of the Premiership
    • Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers
    • Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality
    • Secretary of State for Integration and Migrations

The Presidency of the Council of Ministers also provides support to the dependent services of the Prime Minister, as well as those of the Minister for the Modernisation of State and Public Administration, Minister of Planning, Minister of Culture, Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, and the Minister of Territorial Cohesion.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Governo de Portugal". Retrieved 2021-10-17.
  2. ^ a b "Lei Orgânica do Governo: Decreto-Lei n.º 169-B/2019 de 3 de Dezembro". (in Portuguese). Government of Portugal. Retrieved 2 May 2020.

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