Hernâni Lopes Fund

The Hernâni Lopes Fund corresponds to a section of Professor Hernâni Lopes' personal archive which concerns the documentation he produced as Minister of Finance and Planning, namely in coordinating the final negotiations for Portugal's accession to the European Economic Community (EEC), which the João Paulo II University Library keeps.

Ernâni Rodrigues Lopes (1942-2010) graduated from the Higher Institute of Economic and Financial Sciences (now ISEG of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa). He worked at the Bank of Portugal in its Statistics and Economic Studies Department. At the same time, continuing his academic career, he was an assistant lecturer at the Instituto Superior de Ciências Económicas e Financeiras (ISCEF) between 1966 and 1974. He finally obtained his PhD in Economics from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in 1982, taking over the Institute of European Studies at this university in 1996.

 An active participant in national political life, Professor Ernâni Lopes was head of Portugal's Mission to the European Communities from 1979 to 1983, implementing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program in Portugal in the early 1980s. He then served as Minister of Finance and Planning in the IX Constitutional Government between 1983 and 1985.

Therefore, the documentation accumulated in this section of his personal archive was produced in the context of Professor Ernâni Lopes' influence on Portugal's accession to the EEC and is represented in around 50 installation units (Dossiers). Within the broad theme of Portugal's accession to the EEC, we can highlight some sub-themes that stand out, such as economic relations between Brazil and Portugal in the emerging context of Portugal's accession to the EEC; the relationship between Portugal and Spain in the context of accession to the European Communities; and Portugal's economic and restructuring contexts for its accession to the EEC; economic policy programs; problems and prospects for the banking system; as well as documentation relating to the IMF.

This archive is still in the process of being inventoried and technically processed.

For more information, contact biblioteca.lisboa@ucp.pt.