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Biography for Joaquin Almunia

Title: European Commissioner Competition. Vice-President of the Commission ( 27 NOV 09)
Organisation: European Commission
Date of Birth: 1948-06-17
Place of Birth: Bilbao, Spain
Nationality: Spain
Education: Graduated in Law and Economics at the University of Deusto (Bilbao). Follow-up studies at L’École Practique des Hautes Études de Paris. “Senior managers in Government” program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Associate Lecturer at the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) on Employment and Social Security Law.
Professional Career: 1972-1975 Economist at the Council Bureau of the Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Brussels 1976-1979 Chief economist of the UGT, a Spanish trade union. Member of the Federal Committee of the PSOE. 1979-2004, Member of the Spanish Parliament. 1982-1986, Minister of Employment and Social Security. 1986- 1991, Minister of Public Administration. 1994-1997, Spokesperson of the Socialist Parliamentary Group. 1997-2000, Leader of the PSOE. 2000 Socialist candidate for Prime Minister. Since 26 April 2004 Member of the European Commission, responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs. European Commissioner Competition. Vice-President of the Commission ( 27 NOV 09)
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