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Joaquin ALMUNIA European Commissioner for Competition and Vice-President, European Commission, Brussels


Graduated in Law (1965-1972) and Economics (1965-1971) at the University of Deusto, Bilbao 1970-1971 Follow-up studies at L École Pratique des Hautes Études de Paris 1991 "Senior managers in Government" program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 1991-1994 Associate Lecturer on Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid 1991-1994 Director of the research program on "Equality and redistribution of income" at the Fundación Argentaria 1979-2004 Member of the Spanish Parliament 1982-1986 Minister of Employment and Social Security 1986-1991 Minister of Public Administration 1994-1997 Spokesperson of the Socialist Parliamentary Group 1997-2000 Leader of the PSOE 2000 Elections: Socialist candidate for Prime Minister 2002 Founder and Director of the progressive think tank "Laboratorio de Alternativas" since 2004 Member of the European Commission 2004-2010 Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs since 2010 Commissioner for competition