An Accredited Parliamentary Assistant to an MEP. 

Interests : Migration
Countries : Portugal

Tomás is originally from Portugal but has lived all across Europe. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Politics from the University of York and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, specializing in Political Theory and writing a thesis on migration. Having been involved in party politics on a local, national and European level, he taught at the University of Amsterdam as a Junior Lecturer, before moving to Brussels to work as an Accredited Parliamentary Assistant to a Portuguese MEP, where he focused on External Affairs and Enlargement Policy.  

PhD candidate PIDUHIST programme (Portugal)

Interests : Democracy Foreign Affairs
Countries : Portugal

Former President of YES - Young European Socialists. João is currently working as an advisor to MEP Pedro Silva Pereira in his role as VP of the European Parliament. He enrolled in the PIDUHIST programme - PhD Programme in History - Change and continuity in a global world, by University of Lisbon, ISCTE-IUL, University of Évora and Catholic University of Lisbon.

Master in History, Defence and International Relations, on "Humanitarian Intervention Law - The Genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda", by ISCTE-IUL and the Portuguese Military Academy. Degree in Political Science and International Relations by the New University of Lisbon.

A Progressive Framework for Remote Working: Fairness, Sustainability and Digital Inclusion

Working Groups
Remote Work

This policy brief is an attempt to sketch out the baselines of a new progressive approach towards remote work. An approach that fosters social justice. An approach that takes seriously the promises and perils of digital transformation. Crucially, an approach that is compatible with ecological boundaries. In other words, the fact that proximity does not seem to play as big a role in shaping our world of work as it used to play does not have to go hand in hand with the erosion of workers’ rights. It does not have to exacerbate the worst excesses of digital capitalism. And it does not have to compound the destruction of the planet. These drawbacks are outcomes of political choices – not of natural laws. They are not inevitable.

Across three strategic levels, the policy proposals illustrate that progressives all across Europe have powerful strategies and tools at their disposal to prevent these outcomes: information; institutions; and labour law.

Read the paper:
A Progressive Framework for Remote Working: Fairness, Sustainability and Digital Inclusion

Political Mentor: S&D MEP Brando Benifei
Academic Mentor: Stewart Wood (Lord Wood of Anfield), Chair of the United Nations Association – UK


Ph.D. candidate University of Minho

Interests : Democracy Social Europe
Countries : Portugal

João Mourato Pinto is graduated in International Relations from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and holds a master’s degree in International Relations – European Studies from both this university and Sciences Po Bordeaux (France). Currently, João Pinto is a Professor of diplomacy and a Ph.D. candidate based at the University of Minho studying the European Union as a global actor, especially towards Brazil and South America. He was a member of a research project on the EU's Strategic Partnerships funded by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) and has worked at the European Research Council (European Commission). Additionally, he is a former President of the Erasmus Student Network (2017-2019), where he has worked to increase access to and the quality of higher education student exchanges worldwide. João Pinto is a member of the Research Center in Political Science at the University of Minho and collaborates with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. His main research interests are EU external action, Brazilian foreign policy, South American regionalism, public diplomacy, and democratic participation and citizenship in the EU.

Three ideas for a stronger Social Europe in a post-COVID-19 recovery

Working Groups
Social Europe

Through its eclectic 20 principles, the European Pillar of Social Rights is an opportunity to break silos and look at social development as the network of challenges that it truly is.

Departing from the rather long history of European social rights, the implementation of the EPSR must follow a holistic approach, identifying synergies with discussions it already hints at in its 20 principles.

In order to contribute to the identification of such synergies, this paper attempts to shed light on three transversal issues that national governments and the European Commission must bear in mind when implementing the EPSR: civil rights; labour relations; and gender equality. The analysis departs from the setting of the current model of welfare state in post-World War II Europe and it ends with the Porto Summit 2021, reflecting on the documents approved and what they can mean for a post-COVID-19 Social Europe.

Read the Paper:
Three ideas for a stronger Social Europe in a post- Covid 19 recovery

Political Mentor: YES Vice President and S&D MEP Alicia Homs
Academic Mentor: Matjaz Nahtigal, Associate professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana