Josep Piqué i Camps

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This is a Catalan name. The first family name is Piqué and the second is Camps.

Josep Piqué i Camps (born 21 February 1955 in Vilanova i la Geltrú) is a Spanish politician of the right-wing Spanish People's Party (PP) who represented Barcelona. Pique was initially a member of the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSUC) but left the grouping and subsequently joined the Union of the Democratic Centre. Between 1986 and 1988 he served as Director General of Industry under the Convergence and Union government of Catalonia.

After the People's Party election in 1996, Piqué was appointed as Spanish Minister for Industry as an independent member. He served as Spain's foreign minister from 2000 to 2002 and he was the president of the Partit Popular de Catalunya from October 2002. He resigned from this position in July 2007 after disagreement over the political direction that the central PP (Partido Popular, People's Party) wanted to impose over the Catalan branch of the party.[1] After serving in the Spanish Congress from 2000 he resigned in 2003 after being elected to the Parliament of Catalonia.

Since November 2007 he is the chairman of the low-fare airline Vueling Airlines.

In November 2008 Josep Piqué was co-chair of the Global China Business Meeting 2008 in Madrid.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ vilaweb.cat
  2. ^ Emerging nations seen as economic lifesavers New York Times, November 18, 2008
Political offices
Preceded by
Abel Matutes
Minister of Foreign Affairs
27 April 2000 – 9 July 2002
Succeeded by
Ana de Palacio
Preceded by
Alberto Fernández Díaz
Chairman of the Partido Popular de Cataluña
2003 – 2007
Succeeded by
Daniel Sirera