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. I am also Secretary General of the Centrist Democrat International (IDC-CDI).
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, a Member of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean and Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula 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. I am vice president of ANAR Foundation that helps adolescents at risk and a board member of the 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.