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Ana Maria Gomes

Ana Maria Rosa Martins Gomes, better known as Ana Gomes, GCC , (Lisbon, 9 February 1954) is a Portuguese politician, who suspended her career as a diplomat to enter party politics in 2003. In 2004, she was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (Portuguese Socialist Party[2] member of the European Socialist Party) and was reelected in June 2009. She is married with one daughter, three stepchildren and six grandchildren.

Ana Gomes is currently a City Council member of Sintra.

She has been a career diplomat since 1980 and served in the Portuguese Missions at the UN in New York and Geneva, and also in the Embassies in Tokyo and London. Between 1999 and 2003, she was Head of Mission and Ambassador in Jakarta, where she played an important role both in the process leading up to the independence of East Timor and in the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Portugal and Indonesia.

In the European Parliament, her main areas of activity are: human rights, security and defence, international relations, gender issues and development. In 2010 she signed the Spinelli Group manifesto.


  • European Parliament 1
    • Positions (2009-2014) 1.1
    • Positions (2004-2009) 1.2
    • Reports 1.3
    • Missions 1.4
  • Diplomatic career 2
  • Political activities 3
  • Academic background 4
  • Publications 5
  • Awards 6
  • Membership in Civil Society Organisations 7
  • Decorations 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

European Parliament

Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2004[1]

Positions (2009-2014)

Positions (2004-2009)


The European Union's role in Iraq (Foreign Affairs Committee) European Parliament recommendation to the Council of 13 March 2008 (2007/2181(INI))

China's policy and its effects on Africa (Development Committee) European Parliament resolution of 23 April 2008 (2007/2255(INI))

Women in International Politics (Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee) European Parliament resolution of 16 November 2007 (2006/2057(INI))

Small Arms and Light Weapons and Sustainable Development (ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly) Resolution of the ACP-EU JPA (ACP-EU/3892/06/fin), by Ana Gomes (Portugal) and William Duguid (Barbados)


As an MEP, Ana Gomes participated in a number of European Parliament missions to Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chad, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, East Timor, Kosovo, Lebanon, Indonesia (including Aceh), Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Sudan (Darfur), Turkey, USA, etc.

Ana Gomes took part in the following Election Observation Missions (EOM):

More information

Diplomatic career

  • 1980 - Entered the Diplomatic Service through public competition, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lisbon
  • 1982-1986 - Diplomatic Advisor of the President of the Republic, General Ramalho Eanes, Lisbon
  • 1986-1989 - First Secretary at the Portuguese Permanent Representation at the UN and other International Organisations (responsible for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law), Geneva
  • 1989-1991 - Counsellor at the Portuguese Embassy in Tokyo
  • 1991-1994 - Political Counsellor at the Portuguese Embassy in London
  • 1992 - Member of the European Union Presidency team working on the Middle East Peace Process
  • 1992 -1994 - Member of the Portuguese Delegation at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva
  • 1994 - Head of the Europe Unit, Political Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lisbon
  • 1995 -1996 - Chief of Staff of the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lisbon
  • 1997-1998 - Coordinator of the Portuguese Delegation at the UN Security Council, New York
  • 1999 - 2000 - Director of the Portuguese Interests Section at the Embassy of the Netherlands, Djakarta
  • 2000 - 2003 - Ambassador of Portugal in Indonesia, Jakarta

Political activities

Ana Gomes has been a member of the Socialist Party since March 18, 2002.

Political responsibilities:

  • 2002 - Elected Member of the National and Political Committees of the Socialist Party
  • 2003 - 2004 - National Secretary for External Relations of the Socialist Party
  • 2004 - ongoing - Socialist Member of the European Parliament and Member of the National

Committee of the Socialist Party

Academic background

1979 - Law Degree, Classical University of Lisbon

1981 - Community Law Course, National Institute of Administration, Lisbon

1988 - Summer course at the International Institute for Human Rights, University of Strasbourg


Numerous articles published in the Courrier Internacional, Diário de Notícias, Expresso, Jornal de Leiria, Jornal de Notícias, Público and Visão.

Book Todo-o-Terreno - 4 Anos de Reflexões[2] (RCP Edições, November 2008, Lisbon)


  • Ruth Pearce Award for Human Rights by Human Rights NGOs, Geneva, 1989
  • Personality of the Year Award - 1999, Expresso weekly newspaper, Lisbon, 1999
  • Personality of the Year Award - 1999, Association of International Correspondents, Lisbon, 1999
  • Human Rights Award of the Assembly of the Republic (Portuguese parliament), 1999
  • Activist of the Year - 2008, The Parliament Magazine, Brussels, 2008

Membership in Civil Society Organisations

  • Member of the Student Union, Classical University of Lisbon, Lisbon (1974–1976)
  • Member of the Board of the Union of Portuguese Diplomats (1982–1986 and 1994–1996)
  • Deputy-Chair of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, European Parliament Section[3]
  • Member of the Portuguese chapter of Amnesty International
  • Member of International Development NGOs CIDAC and Engenho & Obra
  • Member of the Portuguese Association of Women Jurists


  • Jorge Sampaio in 2000


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  2. ^ Todo-o-Terreno - 4 Anos de Reflexões
  3. ^

External links

  • Official website (English) (Portuguese)
  • Ana Maria GomesPersonal profile of in the European Parliament's database of members
  • Personal Webpage - Portuguese Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament
  • BlogCausa Nossa
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