Joaquín Almunia

Former EU Commissioner in charge of competition policy

Joaquín Almunia was member of the European Commission, vice-president in charge of Competition, from 2010 to 2014. He was also member of the European Commission form 2004 to 2010 as Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs. Previously, he had been Spanish Minister for Employment (1982-1986) and Public Administrations (1986-1991). From 1997 to 2000, he was the leader of the opposition as secretary general of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party. He was Founder (2002) and Director of the progressive think tank "Laboratorio de Alternativas", director of the research program on "Equality and redistribution of income" at the Fundación Argentaria (1991-1994). He had been Lecturer at the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) on Employment and Social Security Law, "Senior managers in Government" program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He followed-up studies at L’École Pratique des Hautes Études de Paris and graduated in Law and Economics at the University of Deusto (Bilbao).


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