João Gomes Cravinho

João Titterington Gomes Cravinho (b. 16 June 1964) is a Portuguese diplomat and politician who has been serving as Minister of National Defence in the government of Prime Minister António Costa since 2018.[1]

João Gomes Cravinho
Minister of National Defence
Assumed office
15 October 2018
Prime MinisterAntónio Costa
Preceded byJosé Alberto Azeredo Lopes
European Union Ambassador to Brazil
Assumed office
1 August 2015
Preceded byAna Paula Zacarias
Secretary of State
for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
In office
20 March 2005  20 June 2011
Prime MinisterJosé Sócrates
Preceded byHenrique de Freitas
Succeeded byLuís Brites Pereira
Personal details
Born16 June 1964
Coimbra, Portugal
Alma materLondon School of Economics
University of Oxford


During his time in the European External Action Service, Cravinho served as Head of the European Union's delegation to Brazil from 2015 until 2018 and India from 2011 until 2015.[2] Prior to that, he occupied the post of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in José Sócrates's government.[3]

Under Cravinho's leadership as Minister of National Defence, Portugal purchased five KC-390 military transport aircraft and a flight simulator from Brazilian aerospace company Embraer for 827 million euros ($932 million) in 2019.[4]

Other activities


  1. Axel Bugge (October 14, 2018), Portugal's premier reshuffles cabinet, appoints new economy minister Reuters.
  2. Ross Colvin (February 8, 2013), Quiet lunch shatters EU boycott of India's Modi Reuters.
  3. "Quem é João Gomes Cravinho, o novo ministro da Defesa" [Who is João Gomes Cravinho, the new Minister of Defence]. TSF (in Portuguese). 14 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  4. Catarina Demony (July 11, 2019), Portugal to buy five Embraer military planes for 827 mln euros Reuters.
  5. Members of the Council European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).
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