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    Who Really is Joaquín Almunia - (European Commissioner for Competition) Read Closely!


    Joaquín Almunia
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    This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Almunia and the second or maternal family name is Amann.
    Joaquín Almunia
    European Commissioner for Competition
    Assumed office
    9 February 2010
    President José Manuel Barroso
    Preceded by Neelie Kroes
    European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs
    In office
    24 April 2004 – 9 February 2010
    Serving with Siim Kallas
    President Romano Prodi
    José Manuel Barroso
    Preceded by Pedro Solbes
    Succeeded by Olli Rehn
    Leader of the Opposition
    In office
    14 May 1999 – 1 July 2000
    Prime Minister José María Aznar
    Preceded by Josep Borrell
    Succeeded by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
    In office
    22 June 1997 – 24 April 1998
    Prime Minister José María Aznar
    Preceded by Felipe González
    Succeeded by Josep Borrell
    Minister of Public Administrations
    In office
    26 July 1986 – 12 March 1991
    Prime Minister Felipe González
    Preceded by Félix Pons Irazazábal
    Succeeded by Juan Manuel Eguiagaray Ucelay
    Minister of Employment
    In office
    1 December 1982 – 26 July 1986
    Prime Minister Felipe González
    Preceded by Santiago Rodríguez Miranda
    Succeeded by Manuel Chaves González
    Personal details
    Born 17 June 1948 (age 64)
    Bilbao, Spain
    Political party Socialist Workers' Party
    Alma mater University of Deusto
    Practical School for Advanced Studies
    Harvard University

    Joaquín Almunia Amann (born 17 June 1948) is a Spanish politician and prominent member of the European Commission, currently responsible for Competition under the second mandate of President Barroso. He was previously responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs in Barroso's previous mandate. The president of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso, had announced on 27 November 2009 that Almunia would be a Vice-President and the responsible for Competition in the second college of the Barroso Commission.[1]

    Born in Bilbao, he is married and has two children. He graduated in Law and Economics at the University of Deusto, and completed follow-up studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris and the “Senior managers in Government” program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was an associate lecturer on Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Alcalá de Henares.

    Almunia was chief economist of the Unión General de Trabajadores, the Spanish trade union affiliated to the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), from 1976 to 1979. He was economist at the Council Bureau of the Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Brussels from 1972 to 1975.

    Almunia was a PSOE Member of the Cortes Generales from 1979 to 2004, representing Madrid. He was Minister of Employment and Social Security from 1982 to 1986 and Minister of Public Administration from 1986 to 1991, and was PSOE spokesperson from 1994 to 1997. Upon the resignation of Felipe González after being defeated in the 1996 elections, Almunia became the party leader from 1997 to 2000. In 2000, he was the PSOE candidate for Prime Minister, and the party was again defeated by incumbent Prime Minister, José María Aznar. The PSOE suffered its worst result in a General Election since the Transition and Almunia resigned as party leader.

    Almunia was director of the research program on Equality and redistribution of income at the Fundación Argentaria from 1991 to 1994. In 2002, he founded and was director of the progressive think tank Laboratorio de Alternativas.

    He first joined the Prodi Commission on 26 April 2004 as a successor to Pedro Solbes (who had resigned to join the new Zapatero Government) and was re-appointed by Barroso in November 2004.




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