LIVE Hearings today with Elisa Ferreira Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms. Elisa Ferreira faces the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) of the European Parliament for a hearing to test her general competences. Members of the European Parliament in Brussels test her European commitment and specific expertise related to her portfolio.
Who is Elisa Ferreira?
Elisa Maria da Costa Guimarães Ferreira is a Portuguese politician and economist. She is the current vice-governor of the Bank of Portugal. She served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Socialist Party, part of the Party of European Socialists between 2004 and 2016.
In June 2016, Elisa Ferreira resigned from the European Parliament after she was nominated by the Portuguese Government to join the board of directors of the Bank of Portugal. Her place took Manuel dos Santos.
She was appointed Vice-Governor of Banco de Portugal in September 2017.
She was appointed Member of the Board of Directors of Banco de Portugal in June 2016.
Elisa Ferreira – MEP
Member of the European Parliament (2004-2016). Member of the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) throughout the whole period, and coordinator (spokesperson) for the Socialists and Democrats Parliamentary Group for most of this period. Member of the First and Second Special Committees on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect (TAXE), of the Financial Assistance Working Group (to euro area countries), of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis and of the Special Committee on the policy challenges and budgetary resources for a sustainable European Union.
Elisa Ferreira – EP Rapporteur
Rapporteur (coordinator) of the European Parliament’s position on various legislative proposals related to the financial system as well as on several economic, budgetary and tax policy matters. Rapporteur, inter alia, of the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing uniform rules and a uniform procedure for the resolution of credit institutions and certain investment firms in the framework of the Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) and a Single Resolution Fund (SRF) (2014), two regulations of the “Two Pack” and the “Six Pack” – Common provisions for monitoring and assessing draft budgetary plans and ensuring the correction of excessive deficit of the Member States in the euro area (2012), and Prevention and correction of macroeconomic imbalances (2011), on Tax Rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect (2015) and on Cross-border crisis management in the banking sector (2010).
Member of the Portuguese Parliament – Assembleia da República – (2002-2004), Minister for Planning in the 14th Constitutional Government (1999-2002) and Minister for the Environment in the 13th Constitutional Government (1995-1999).
Executive vice-president of the Associação Industrial Portuense (Porto industrial association) (1992-1994); Vice-President of the Comissão de Coordenação da Região Norte (north region coordination commission) (1989-1992), which she joined in 1979. Member of the Administration Board of the Instituto Nacional de Estatística (Statistics Portugal) – (1989-1992).
Elisa Maria da Costa Guimarães Ferreira
Commissioner-designate, Cohesion and Reforms
After the hearing by the Committee on Regional Development (REGI), the EP committee prepares an evaluation letter on the candidate. Parliament will vote on the new Commission as a whole on 23 October.
The team of European Commissioners – proposed by its President-elect Ursula von der Leyen – ‘shall be subject as a body to a vote of approval by the European Parliament’.
Before taking this vote, European Parliament committees conduct hearings with the proposed Commissioners in accordance with Parliament’s internal Rules of Procedure.