- Member of the Portuguese and of the Azorean Parliament(1980/2012)
- President of the Regional Government of the Azores(1996/2012)
- Honorary President of the Socialist Azorean Party and member of the national board of the Portuguese Socialist Party
- Globestar Systems Europe Senior Adviser
- President of the Portuguese Socialist Party since November 29th 2014
CARLOS MANUEL MARTINS DO VALE CÉSARwas born in Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel Island, Azores Portugal, on October 30th 1956. In his hometown he attended elementary and intermediate studies.
Carlos César is, since November 1977, married to Luísa Vital Gomes do Vale César, a librarian born in Canada, graduate in History and post-graduate in Documental Sciences. They have a son, Francisco, who was a student of Economy in the Upper Institute of Economy and Management of the Technical University of Lisbon and who is today member of the Azorean Parliament and president of the Economics Affairs Commission.
Carlos César is known for his qualities as a competent leader, with great dialogue and negotiation skills and solid ideological values. He always sustained better efficiency and rationalized resource allocation in the public finances and very active social policies against poverty and inequality. He is also known for his advocacy of the Portuguese maritime and atlantic inclination and his defense of the bilateral privileged relationship with the American mainland and, in particular, with the USA, Canada and Brazil.
In his teens, Carlos César became member of the cultural co-operative “SEXTANTE”, which was notorious for civic opposition to Salazar and Marcelo Caetano’s dictatorial regime. The closure of this organisation was later on ordered by the dictatorship political police.
His pre-disposition towards political activity is rooted in a familiar tradition, which lead his great grandfather, among others, to an active role in the Socialist party and in labour movements during the First Portuguese Republic in the beginning of the 20th century - during this period, Manuel César was director of several activist newspapers.
In the years immediately preceding the Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974, he is greatly influenced by his brother Horacio, journalist, former Assistant to the Foreign Affairs Minister and present Assistant in the National Parliament. He was also influenced by other marking personalities at the time, within the student and opposition spectre in Ponta Delgada, such as: Jaime Gama, that would be the President of the Republic Assembly, Mário Mesquita, future president of the Portuguese American Foundation and renamed university professor, and Medeiros Ferreira, that would be the Foreign Office Minister that prepared the Portuguese entry to the EU.
In 1973, at the age of 17, he integrated the Democratic Centre’s Committee in his area and, in 1974, he joined the Portuguese Socialist Party, of which he is still a prominent member of its national board.
Some days after the “Carnation revolution”, which restored freedom to the Portuguese people, he founded the students association of Antero de Quental’s high school and was delegate to the first National PS Convention and to the first National Socialist Youth Convention.
In 1975, he was admitted to the Lisbon University Law School, having been elected to the Executive Board of its Academic Association and for the Representative Assembly of the same university. Until 1980, he was the national co-ordinator of the Socialist Youth for higher education.
He was member of the organisation comity for the first celebration of the Student’s Day ever to occur in Portugal after the 25th April revolution and was one of the founders of the National Union of Portuguese Students, established at that time. In Lisbon, he also worked as co-ordinating at a documentation centre of a Cultural Cooperative.
From 1974 to 1986, he was member of the national board of the Socialist Youth. In 1986 he was proclaimed Honorary Member of the organization, with 232 votes in favour and one abstention.
In 1978, he was Assistant to the Secretary of State for Public Administration during the 2nd Constitutional Government of Portugal.
In January 1981, back to the Azores, he was elected to the Regional Legislative Assembly as deputy. Soon after, he enters the board of the PS Parliamentary Group and several parliament commissions, having presided the Economic Affairs Commission. He was also elected Vice-President of the Regional Assembly and remains until now as the deputy who held the function for the longest period.
From 1983 until 1985, he was the Azorean PS leader for the first time.
In 1988 and 1989, he was deputy in the Portuguese National Parliament. There, he was a member of the parliamentary bench of the Socialist Party, and in the National Defence, Youth and Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees Commissions.
He was member of the Ponta Delgada Assembly and, between 1993 and 2005, he was the President of the Fajã de Baixo Local Council, his village of residence.
On October the 30th 1994, Carlos César was elected, for the second time, President on the Azorean PS branch, with 92% of the votes.
On October the 13th 1996, as candidate, he suppressed a difference of over 20% which separated his party and PSD in the regional elections, having won with 46% of the scrutiny votes. On November the 9th 1996, he was invested as President of the 7th Regional Government of the Azores. Since then he was re-elected on 2000 with 49,2%, on 2004 with 57% and he won again on 2008 electing the majority of the members of the parliament.
In 2012 he announced that he wouldn’t run again in the regional elections and he passed a new law setting limits to the number of presidential terms. At the same time, he guaranteed a successful transition in the party and of the government.
He was member of the State National Council that advises the presidents of the Republic, member of the National Superior Defence Council, member of the Internal Security Superior Council and of the Civil Protection Superior Council.
He was elected several times President of the Conference of the Outermost European Regions’ Presidents, as well as member of the Political Bureau of the Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe, permanent member of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR), having presided the Portuguese Delegation of the CoR, in addition to being member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe and of the Assembly of European Regions, among other European and international organizations.
Carlos César has many Portuguese and foreign honorary distinctions, from both public and private institutions, such as universities and political, cultural, economic, social and sportive organizations.
He was awarded by the government and entities of Cape Verde Republic or Bermudas and of the autonomous regions of Madeira, Canarias and some outermost french regions; also by the municipalities of Praia da Vitória, Povoação, Ribeira Grande, Velas, Vila Franca do Campo, Santa Cruz de Graciosa, Lagoa, and by other entities from Açores, Porto, Lisboa, Faro, Coimbra, Guimarães, Viseu, Almada, Santarém, in the Portuguese mainland. He equally has honorary distinctions from states or provinces like Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Ontario, Québèc, Galiza, Creta, and towns as Laval, Toronto, Tauton, Saint Thérèse in Canadá, Washington, Fall River, Bristol, New Bedford, Tulare, Pawtucket, Rehoboth, Hudson, Lowell, Somerville, in the USA, Porto Alegre, Garvataí, Florianopolis, Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, San Carlos and Montevideo in Uruguay.
Carlos César has the highest commendations, which include the “Grand Cross of the Order of Christ”, from the Portuguese Republic, the “Grand Cross of the Ponche Verde” of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, and the “Autonomic Insignia of Value” from the Autonomous Region of the Azores.
He has presented several lectures in summits, universities and conferences in the Azores, in the Portuguese mainland and abroad and he has a wide range of collaboration in the media.
More recently, he was one of the signers of the 'Manifesto dos 74' (74 Manifesto), about the portuguese national debt, and he was appointed as Antonio Costa's "national election representative".