Biography
01/01/2013
Education
- Degree in Law and Economy from Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain (1965).
Validates his Degree in Law before the National Tribunal (1965), cum laude.
- State Fiscal Auditor (1968).
- International Tax Program, Harvard Law School (1972).
- Master of Laws, Harvard Law School (1972-1973).
- Doctor of Law, Miguel Hernández University, Elche, Spain (2002), cum laude.

Professional Experience
- Professor, School of Law, San Sebastián (1970).
- Head of Studies and Programming, Technical Secretariat-General of the Finance Ministry (1974).
- Member of Parliament (1977-1979, 1979-1982, 1986-1989, 1989-1993, 1993-1994).
- Director-General for Community Development, Ministry of Culture (1977-1979).
- Chairman of the Petitions Committee, Congress of Deputies (1979-1982).
- Secretary-General of the Centrist Parliamentary Group (1981-1982).
- Executive Secretary and Training Secretary of the UCD party (1981).
- Rapporteur, Central Economic Administrative Tribunal (1982-1986).
- Professor, Master in the European Communities, Polytechnic University of Madrid (1982-1989).
- Secretary of International Relations for the Christian Democrats (1983-1989).
- Professor of Community Taxation, Instituto de Empresa Business School of Madrid (1985-1986).
- Economy and Taxation Spokesman of the PDP (1986-1989).
- Economy and Taxation Spokesman of the Popular Group of the Congress of Deputies (1989-1994).
- Member of the European Parliament (1994-2011).
- Deputy Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (1994-1999).
- Chairman of the Intergroup on Financial Services (1994-1999).
- Deputy Chairman of the Delegation for Central America and Cuba (1994-2004).
- Deputy Chairman of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (1999-2011).
- Member of the Delegation in the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (1999-2004).
- Member of the Delegation to the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee (1999-2004).
- Member of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (2004-2009).
- Chief of the EU Election Observation Mission in Togo (2010).
- Chief of the Parliamentary Delegation for Election Observation in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.
- Member of the Parliamentary Delegation for Election Observation in Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru.
- Member of Parliamentary Delegations in China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Egypt, Namibia, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Honours
- Grand Cross for Civil Merit (1982).
- Order of Constitutional Merit (1983).

Twitter

  • 04 May @SpainMFA * Second shipment of #humanitarian #aid to #Ecuador @aecidecuador https://t.co/7vInauG9bf https://t.co/KcCaOeVLAB
  • 04 May @SpainMFA * “II Nat.action plan on #women #peace #security" exchange ideas btwn authorities & society https://t.co/7vInauG9bf https://t.co/vyHZqYtKSJ
  • 04 May @SpainMFA * RT @SpainOSCE: #nonproliferation system is as strong as its weakest link #1540Committee representative Javier Gutierrez @OSCE FSC debate @…
  • 04 May @SpainMFA * RT @SpainOSCE: #1540 #UNSC resolution terrorism and weapons of mass destruction #Spain #Poland important debate @OSCE FSC https://t.co/f8
  • 04 May @SpainMFA * #UNSC adopted Res2286: #medical attention in armed #conflicts, jointly presented by #Spain https://t.co/CAs6JKm5cZ https://t.co/64S3hqtWtp
  • 04 May @SpainMFA * RT @SpainUN: MSF Pres calls on SC members on adoption of res2286:Your work has only begun;translate this resolution into action. Spain is r…
  • 03 May @SpainMFA * Resolution 1540 #UNSC: prevent access by non-State players to weapons of #massdestruction #nuclear #chemical #bacteriological and delivery.
  • 03 May @SpainMFA * The founding meeting of the Group of Friends of #Resolution 1540, upon an initiative from Spain. Find out more here https://t.co/IDeAlLXcSd
  • 03 May @SpainMFA * "Everything you expect and much more than you can imagine" @MarcaEspanaEN #Spain https://t.co/gWL5tbgIRx
  • 03 May @SpainMFA * Activity of the #UNSC from 22 to 28 April and activities planned for 29 April to 5 May https://t.co/csgdbP2ARX https://t.co/pnbUTBAaB3
  • 03 May @SpainMFA * Spain condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the terrorist attack carried out on saturday in #Nahrawan #Iraq https://t.co/uIWwwEhQY2
  • 03 May @SpainMFA * Spain applauds the adoption by the #UNSC of Resolution 2285 (2016) to renew the mandate of the #MINURSO https://t.co/Qnco4DgABj
  • 30 Apr @SpainMFA * "Everything you expect and much more than you can imagine" @BrandSpain #Spain https://t.co/w7KtgnOf2T
  • 29 Apr @SpainMFA * RT @EmbEspAlemania: Cervantes-Institut Bremen feiert #Welttanztag mit 5. Festival #BailaEspaña. Mehr unter: https://t.co/D81O0DDK3Y https:/…
  • 29 Apr @SpainMFA * He took part in the High-Level Meetin “From Lomé to Cotonou post-2020: a change in the perspective ACT countries- EU https://t.co/Wh6Pfu1T0s

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