The year 1974 did not only represent a new political cycle in Portugal. It meant also a new reality for companies and their organization.

In July 1974, CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Industry arises as an entrepreneurial response to the need for promoting and defending free enterprise and private activity.

The atmosphere at the time as well as CIP strategic objectives were clearly stated on a public document:

“CIP was born as an expression of the democratic entrepreneurial vision/thought, by the industrials organizational capacity and their sense of responsibility, and constituted itself as a bastion against the economy collectivization projects and as the  defence of the interests of several associations aiming to assure industrial democracy based on free initiative and private activity.”

The new Confederation represents about 50,000 Portuguese companies, and   retains responsibility for protecting the interests of the various associations that comprise it.

In its statement, CIP assumes itself as a defender of the industrial democracy leading to an effective market economy.

CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Business, established in January 2011, is the achievement of an ideal defended by national businessmen and embodied, in its launch, by the most representative Portuguese business associations:  AEP – Portuguese Business Association, AIP / CCI – Portuguese Industrial Association / Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Industry.

This Confederation seeks to establish itself as a strong employer structure that defends effectively the interests of all Portuguese enterprises, both sectorial and regional associations as well as all Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Portugal.


Since 1974, CIP has been present in Portugal’s key moments.

1974 – Foundation of CIP. President: António Vasco de Mello.

1975 – 1st Congress f Portuguese Industry.

1976 – Opening of the delegation of CIP in Oporto.

1978 – 1st Meeting of Portuguese Industrials in Oporto.

1979 – Congress of Economic Activities and creation of CIP’s Office for European Integration and Support to Exports.

1981 – Admission of CIP as full member of UNICE – Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederation of Europe. First National Meeting of Exporters (RENACEX). Pedro Ferraz da Costa is elected President of CIP

1984 – Oporto welcomes the 2nd Congress of Industry.

1986 – Portugal becomes member of the European Economic Community. CIP begins its representation in the European Economical and Social Council (EESC) in Brussels. The 3rd Congress of Industry takes place.

1990 – Formal constitution of CNEP – National Council of Portuguese Companies between CIP, CAP (- Confederation of Portuguese Farmers, and CCP – Portuguese Commerce and Services Confederation). Social Dialogue – Economic and Social Agreement.

1992 – The Economic and Social Council begins its activity. Social Dialogue – Income Policy Agreement.

1993 – May 27th, subscriptionof the joint declaration of CIP, AEP, AIP and 35 other associations: “Reinforcing the Portuguese Associative Struvture – Strenghtening the intervention of the Confederation of Portuguese Industry”.

1996 – Social Dialogue – Dialogue Agreement 1996 – 1999-

1999 – 25 years of CIP: in this occasion CIP is bestowed with the title of Honorary member of the Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Order of Merit (Class of Industrial Merit), by the President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio.

2001 – Rui Nogueira Simões follows Pedro Ferraz da Costa as CIP’s Preseident and takes office in a ceremony with the Prime Minister, António Guterres.

2002 – February 19th, constitution of the Portuguese Business Council, joining CIP, CAP, CCP, AEP and AIP in one organization. Francisco Van Zeller is elected President of CIP.

2008 – Tripartite Agreement for a new System of Regulation for Labour Relations, Employment policies and Social Protection in Portugal.

2010 – António Saraiva is elected President of CIP. CIP is established as CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Business.

2011 – After CIP being established as Confederation of Portuguese Business, António Saraiva is elected President of the new organization. 1st Congress for Companies and Economic Activities. Tripartite Agreement for Competitiveness and Employment.

2012 – Tripartite Agreement – Commitment for Growth, Competitiveness and Employment.

2017 – António Saraiva is re-elected and takes office as President of CIP, in the presence of the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. His three main commitments are: economic growth, Europe united around competitiveness and a solid associative movement with value for companies.


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