Vitalino Canas was first elected Member of Parliament in 1999, when he was part of the Government of the Portuguese Republic led by António Guterres.
He has been an MP continuously since 2002. He is currently a full member of the European Affairs and Defence Committees, and is coordinator of the European Affairs Committee MPs in the Socialist Party, of which he is a member.
Vitalino Canas has been part of the Portuguese delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2005. He has served as General Rapporteur, Special Rapporteur and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security. He chaired the Subcommittee on Democratic Governance between 2012 and 2014, and the full Committee between 2014 and 2017. He was elected Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in October 2017.
Vitalino Canas is a lawyer. He has a PhD in Law, specialising in Legal and Political Sciences, from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, where he is a lecturer. He has also been a lecturer at Eduardo Mondlane University (in Mozambique) and at the University of Macao, where he was the coordinator of the Law course. He is also a lawyer and advisor to the Aga Khan Development Network.
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