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Ms Catarina ROCHA FERREIRA (Portugal, EPP/CD)

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Assembleia da República
PT - 1249-068 - Lisboa cedex

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2024 , 2023 , 2022


In the political groups

  • Member: Group of the European People's Party since 20/06/2022

In the Assembly

  • since 20/06/2022 Representative - Portugal

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 23/01/2023)
  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (since 20/06/2022)
  • Full Member: Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (from 20/06/2022 to 22/01/2023)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Culture, Education and Democratic Values (since 23/01/2024)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Culture, Diversity and Heritage (from 26/01/2023 to 21/01/2024)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize (from 23/06/2022 to 22/01/2023)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Children (from 23/06/2022 to 22/01/2023)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Human Rights (since 23/06/2022)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights (since 23/06/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Nuno CARVALHO (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (since 26/01/2023)


Last speeches

24/01/2024 | 18:59:49 Thank you, Madam President. Honourable members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Today, I address the concerning allegations of systemic torture and inhuman treatment in places of detention across Europe. That is unacceptable. I start by congratulating this report because we must prioritise the protection of human rights, ensuring conclusive investigations and accountability to uphold the principles we stand for. Our collective commitment to justice and dignity demands... 11/10/2023 | 17:49:17 Thank you, Madam Chair, dear colleagues, Let me start by underlining the importance of this Report, because it analyses the use of Pegasus and similar spyware by several countries. However, the problem is that when a report analyses several countries – more than one country – we cannot think that each one acts the same and condemns all the same way. Each case is different. And what happens is in many cases, the spyware has been used far beyond its original design and it can represent a threat... 25/04/2023 | 17:52:16 Thank you, Madam President, dear colleagues, Let me start by sharing that today is the day of freedom in my country in Portugal. On 25 April 1974, democracy won against the dictatorship in Portugal. So this is the day that brought democracy and civil liberties back to the Portuguese people. I am happy to celebrate these values here today as these values we share in this Parliamentary Assembly. But at most, this is a symbolic day for us to discuss the importance of the European Convention on... 24/01/2023 | 10:47:38 Dear colleagues, As we know, armed conflict tends to be scene of the most horrible crimes. In that context, sexual violence has been systematically used as a war weapon. Besides being a violation of international law, conflict-related sexual violence represents a threat to our collective security. Conflict-related sexual violence is an atrocity that leaves a stain on our conscience as humanity. Despite these considerations, it continues to shock the international community, as this type of... 11/10/2022 | 20:01:45 Dear Mr President, Dear Colleagues, First of all, let me remind this Assembly that the free movement of persons, established by the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992, is a cornerstone of  European Union citizenship. And to this regard, the conclusion of the two Schengen agreements represented a key milestone. In addition, this is a domain in which the Council of Europe has been active since the early years of its existence. It is always important to recall, that this Parliamentary Assembly has...