H40 SoaresJoao Soares served as president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly from 2008 to 2010. A long-time member of the PA, he held the positions of Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Transparency and Reform before he was named Portugal's Minister of Culture in late 2015. 

Soares was first elected to his national parliament in 1987. He also served as a Member of the European Parliament (1994-1995), including as a Member of the EP Bureau. From 1995 to 2002, Soares was Deputy Mayor and Mayor of Lisbon, during which time he also served as a Member of the State Council.

In 2003, he published “Travels,” a book that comprises a selection of his articles from newspapers around the world, including the article “Cooperacao Este Oeste” (“East-West Cooperation”). In 2007, he published the book “OSCE.”