Íñigo Méndez de Vigo
|Iñigo Méndez de Vigo
|Member of the European Parliament
19 October 1992
21 January 1956 |
|Political party||Partido Popular|
Íñigo Méndez De Vigo y Montojo (born on 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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 1999: Salvador de Madariaga European Journalism Prize
- 2001: Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain
- 2001: Silver Medal of the Royal Institute of European Studies
- 2002: Medal of Honour of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores
- 2002: Gold Medal of the Foundation of European Merit
- 2003: Prize to the MEP of the year by the Association of Parliamentary Journalists
- 2007: Gold Medal of the Committees of Action for European Union
- 2008: Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity
- 2009: Prix Capalbio - European Special Award
- 2010: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 2011: Legion of Honour of the French Republic