CIP

Our History

PIONEERS DEFENDING COMPANIES AND FREE ENTERPRISE

CIP was created in 1974 and it has built a relevant chapter on Portuguese democracy and associativism ever since. This is our legacy. We carry the voice of business and defend the private enterprise and the market economy.

1974

Foundation of CIP.

President: António Vasco de Mello.

1975

1st Congress of Portuguese Industry.

1976

Opening of CIP’s delegation in Porto.

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

Porto welcomes the 2nd Congress of Industry.

1986

Portugal becomes member of the European Economic Community. CIP begins its representation in the European Economic 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, subscription of the joint declaration of CIP, AEP, AIP and 35 other associations: “Reinforcing the Portuguese Associative Structure – Strengthening 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 President 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.

2013

Cycle of CIP Conferences “Portuguese Economy, Competitiveness and Growth”.

2014

António Saraiva is re-elected and takes office as President of CIP.

2015

2nd Congress of Companies and Economic Activity: What CIP requires to the new Government.

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.

2018

CIP’s Congress – The Value of Companies

2019

CIP’s Congress: Portugal – Growth or Stagnation? – Companies are the answer!

2020

António Saraiva is re-elected and takes office as President of CIP.