Mayor of Lisbon since 2015, and President of Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Fernando Medina has developed a strong program to foster equality and inclusion in the city. He prioritises ‘leaving no one behind’ with programs like affordable housing, accessible and clean public transport, fostering green infrastructure and, recently, the promotion of a just and green economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such priorities have been critical for the vision of the city of the future: the best place to live and work. He is the head of the Portuguese delegation in the Committee of the Regions.
From 2011 to 2013 Mr Medina was a member of the Portuguese Parliament, serving in the Budget and Finance Commission. He was previously Secretary of State for Industry and Development from 2009 to 2011, and Secretary of State for Employment and Vocational Training from 2005 to 2009.
Mr Medina has a Degree in Economics by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto and a Master’s Degree in Economic Sociology by the School of Economics and Management from de University of Lisbon.
In July 2020, Lisbon launched a program called Safe Rent (Renda Segura), to encourage landlords offering short-term rentals to offer their properties for long-term rent. The program enables landlords to let their properties to the municipality for a minimum term of five years. The city finds tenants through an affordable housing program targeted at young people and middle class families. This programme aims to enable key workers to return to live in the city centre after being priced out due to a tourism boom. This program compliments a program to build affordable houses using the city budget and in partnership with the private sector. The city plans to have thousands of houses available through this program in the coming years.
The City Council of Lisbon is providing emergency funding to micro-enterprises and small businesses to secure the future of Lisbon’s enterprises and protect the jobs of many who are currently under threat of layoffs. The proposal aims to provide a safety net to the many small businessese forced to close once lockdown measures were introduced across Portugal. Lisbon has also set up a support team for micro and SMEs, to disseminate information on all existing support, as well as consultancy to mitigate the effects of the crisis and promote economic recovery. This team includes specialists in various areas: banking and finance, consulting, communication and law.
Lisbon has invested in the renewal and maintenance of the city bus fleet, acquiring 165 buses that run on natural gas, 15 electric buses and 30 trams. To encourage the use of public transport ticketing was aligned to permit the use of a single ticket on all forms of transport, and a reduced cost monthly transport pass was introduced (30€/month for the centre of Lisbon ; 40€/month for the whole metropolitan area). The city also plans to expand the metro network to provide access to a larger part of the city and alleviate commuting into Lisbon.