Íñigo Méndez de Vigo

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Iñigo Méndez de Vigo
Iñigo Méndez de Vigo.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Spain
Assumed office
19 October 1992
Personal details
Born (1956-01-21) 21 January 1956 (age 58)
Tetuan, Morocco
Nationality Spanish
Political party Partido Popular
Website www.mendezdevigo.com

Íñigo Méndez De Vigo y Montojo (born 21 January 1956 in Tetuan, Morocco) is a Spanish politician, Minister for European Affairs since December 2011, having served as a Spanish Member of the European Parliament with the People's Party since 1992, and Member of the Bureau of the European People's Party.

In 2009 he was named President of the College of Europe.

Childhood and education[edit]

He was born on 21 January 1956 in Tetuan (Morocco), then under Spanish Protectorate, where his father had been posted as an Infantry Lieutenant. On his mother's side he is the grandson of Spanish novelist Carmen de Icaza, from whom he inherited the title of Baron of Claret in 1980.

He completed his schooling at the German School of Madrid, as well as language studies in French at the Académie française and in English at the British Institute School. He graduated in law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1978.

Following the completion of his military service as an Alférez, he became a Legal adviser to the Cortes Generales in 1981 after passing the public examination.


Political career[edit]

In 1982, at the age of 26, he became Director of Interparliamentary Relations for the Cortes Generales. In 1984, he is offered the position of special advisor to then-Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marcelino Oreja.

He joined the People's Party at its foundation Conference in 1989, and was one of its candidates for the European election held that same year. In October 1992 he became a Member of the European Parliament, having been re-elected ever since. He has been a Member of the National Steering Committee of the People's Party since 1992.

He was the European People's Party coordinator in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, where he had been active since 1994, as well as a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

  • Chairman of the EP Delegation to the Convention drafting the Charter of Fundamental Rights (1999–2000)
  • Chairman of the EP Delegation to the European Convention (2003–2004)
  • EP representative to the IGC (2004).
  • Parliament's rapporteur (with Richard Corbett MEP) on the Treaty establishing a European Constitution (2004).
  • Parliament's rapporteur (with Richard Corbett MEP) on the Treaty of Lisbon

In December 2011 he was appointed Secretary of State for the European Union in the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy Brey.

Academic career[edit]

  • Lecturer in constitutional law (UCM, 1981–1984)
    • Lecturer in Community Law (1989–1991)
  • Jean Monnet chair in European institutions (UCM, 1999–2004)
    • Honorary Jean Monnet chair (2004)


He has authored numerous books and articles on European issues:

  • Una Reforma Fiscal para España, with José Manuel García-Margallo (Ed. Lid, 1996)
  • Financiación de las Comunidades Autónomas y Corresponsabilidad Fiscal, with José Manuel García-Margallo and Vicente Martínez-Pujalte (Fundación Bancaixa, 1996)
  • La Apuesta Europea: de la moneda a la Unión Política, with José Manuel García-Margallo (Ed. Política Exterior, 1998)
  • Europa paso a paso (2002)
  • El rompecabezas. Así redactamos la Constitución europea (Ed. Biblioteca Nueva and Real Instituto Elcano, 2005)
  • ¿Por qué una Constitución para Europa? 25 respuestas, with Marcelino Oreja and Juan Antonio Carrillo Salcedo (Ed. Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas, 2005)
  • Alegato por Europa (Ed. Biblioteca nueva, 2006)
  • Coordinator: ¿Qué fue de la Constitución europea? (Ed. Planeta, 2007)
  • Editor: Liber Amicorum Marcelino Oreja Aguirre (Ed. Cinterco, 2010)

He is also a columnist of the newspaper ABC, and contributor to the online newspaper El Economista.

Decorations and Honours[edit]

External links[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Speaker at the College of Europe Opening Ceremony
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