Prof. Joaquìn Almunia
Joaquín Almunia was born 1948 in Bilbao, Spain. He graduated in law and economics at the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and completed follow-up studies at L’École Practique des Hautes Études in Paris. Having worked as an economist at the Bureau of the Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Brussels, in 1976 he became chief economist of the “Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT), a spanish trade union. From 1979 to 2004 he was elected Member of the Spanish Parliament (PSOE). In December 1982 was appointed Minister of Employment and Social Security in 1982 and Minister of Public Administration in 1986. Joaquín Almunia served as leader of the parliamentary party of the PSOE from 1994 to 1997, preceding his election as leader of the PSOE from 1997 to 2000. For the elections in 2000 he stood as a candidate for Prime Minister. As member of the European Commission he was Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs between 2004 and 2010, and he became Vice-President and Commissioner for Competition between 2010 and 2014.
Now he is Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and member of the Boards of several think-tanks. Joaquín Almunia is the author of several books, academic articles and press columns.