A vocation of Public Service, committed to Europe
Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP) and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), representing the Spanish centre-right People’s Party (Partido Popular). Secretary Treasurer of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (WMCES) and the Secretary General of the Centrist Democrat International (IDC-CDI).
I have been in Brussels since 1997, when I worked as an assistant to the People’s Party delegation at the European Parliament. I hold this position until 1999, when I was called by then-President of the Spanish Government José María Aznar to become his personal advisor for almost four years. In 2002, I returned to Brussels upon my election as Secretary General of the European People’s Party. Two years later, I was elected MEP. I have held both offices since then. In January 2008, I was elected Secretary Treasurer of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.
As an MEP, I chair the Delegation for Relations with Israel and sit on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. I am also a substitute on the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and a Member of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean as well as a substitute for the Delegation for Relations with the United States. In addition, I serve as President of the European Union-United Arab Emirates (UAE) Parliamentary Friendship Group.
I am also committed to the protection of those who are disadvantaged and children . Therefore I am a board member of the ANAR Foundation that helps adolescents at risk and Aequitas Foundation, providing free legal advice for disadvantaged groups or those in need of better social protection.
In 2013 I received the Parliamentarian Prize Eurodiputado del Año (MEP of the Year), which is awarded by the Asociación de Periodistas Parlamentarios (Spanish Parliamentarian Journalists Association).
I hold a bachelor’s degree in law and studies in Economics. Besides Spanish, I speak English, French, Italian and Mallorquin. I am married and have two daughters.