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José Manuel Durão BARROSO

President of the European Commission

José Manuel Durão Barroso became President of the European Commission in 2004. He was re-elected for another five-year term by the European Parliament in September 2009.

Mr. Barroso served as head of the International Relations Department of Lusíada University in Portugal from 1995 to 1999 and was a visiting professor at Georgetown University in the United States from 1996 to 1998.

Mr. Barroso was first elected to the Portuguese Parliament in 1985. He served as State Secretary for Home Affairs, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Minister for Foreign Affairs in successive governments. In 1999, he was elected President of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and became the Leader of the Opposition. Mr. Barroso served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 2002 to 2004.

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