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Antonio López-Istúriz White is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), representing the Spanish centre-right People’s Party (Partido Popular). He is also Secretary Treasurer of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (WMCES) and the Secretary General of the Centrist Democrat International (IDC-CDI). Between 2002 and 2022 he served as Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP).
López-Istúriz White has been in Brussels since 1997, when he worked as an assistant to the People’s Party delegation at the European Parliament. He held this position until 1999, when he was called by then-President of the Spanish Government José María Aznar to become his personal advisor for almost four years. In 2002, he returned to Brussels upon his election as Secretary General of the European People’s Party. Two years later, he was elected MEP, holding the two positions up to April 2022. Since January 2008, López-Istúriz White has been Secretary Treasurer of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.
As an MEP, he is the Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with Israel. He sits on the Committee of Foreign Affairs and is a substitute on the Subcommittee on Security and Defence. López-Istúriz White is also a Member of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean and the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula as well as a substitute for the Delegation for Relations with the United States. In addition, he serves as President of the European Union-United Arab Emirates (UAE) Parliamentary Friendship Group and Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights. In 2022, he was named Honorary Vice-Chair of the Conservative European Forum.
López-Istúriz is also Vice-President of ANAR Foundation that helps teenagers at risk and Board Member of Aequitas Foundation, providing free legal advice for disadvantaged groups or those in need of better social protection.
In 2013 he received the Parliamentarian Prize Eurodiputado del Año (MEP of the Year), awarded by the Asociación de Periodistas Parlamentarios (Spanish Parliamentarian Journalists Association). He has also received the "Bouclier honorifique" award from the European Press Association for the Arab World (APEMA-Association De La Presse Européenne Pour Le Monde Arabe). He has been a member of the jury for the 2023 Charlemagne and European Citizenship Awards, both granted by the European Parliament.
He holds a bachelor degree in Law and studies in Economics. Besides Spanish, he speaks English, French, Italian and Mallorquin. He is married and has two daughters.