Luís Capoulas Santos

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Luís Capoulas Santos

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Minister of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development
Assumed office
26 November 2015
Prime MinisterAntónio Costa
Preceded byAssunção Cristas
In office
3 October 1998 – 6 April 2002
Prime MinisterAntónio Guterres
Preceded byFernando Gomes da Silva
Succeeded byArmando Sevinate Pinto
Member of the European Parliament
In office
20 July 2004 – 30 June 2014
Personal details
Luís Manuel Capoulas Santos

(1951-08-22) 22 August 1951 (age 69)
Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal
Political partyNational:
Socialist Party
Party of European Socialists
Alma materUniversity of Évora

Luís Manuel Capoulas Santos (born 22 August 1951, in Montemor-o-Novo), commonly known as Capoulas Santos, is a Portuguese politician, presently serving as Minister of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development.

Life before politics[edit]

Capoulas Santos was born in Montemor-o-Novo. He is a licenciate in Sociology from the University of Évora. He worked as a secondary education teacher before taking a position as a technician in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Political activity[edit]

His political career started in 1976, after being elected as an alderman in his home city of Montemor-o-Novo.

He was first elected to the Assembly of the Republic in 1991, and took office as Minister of Agriculture in 1998, replacing Fernando Gomes da Silva, under whom he was Secretary of State. He kept the office until 2002, when the government led by António Guterres resigned after a landslide defeat in local elections.

Capoulas Santos was elected Member of the European Parliament for the Socialist Party; part of the Party of European Socialists, between 2004 and 2014.[1]

He returned to the Ministry of Agriculture in 2015, after the nomination of António Costa as Prime Minister.



  1. ^ "MEP Profile". European Parliament. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
  2. ^ "CIDADÃOS NACIONAIS AGRACIADOS COM ORDENS PORTUGUESAS". Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. 2017-08-05.