Julián García Vargas

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Julián García Vargas
Minister of Defense
In office
12 March 1991 – 2 July 1995
Prime Minister Felipe González Márquez
Succeeded by Gustavo Suarez
Minister of Health and Consumers
In office
26 July 1986 – March 1991
Prime Minister Felipe González Márquez
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 68–69)
Nationality Spanish
Alma mater Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Julián García Vargas (born 1945) is a Spanish economist and socialist politician who served in different cabinets of Spain.

Early life and education[edit]

Garcia was born in Madrid in 1945.[1] He received a degree in economic sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1968.[2]

Career and activities[edit]

Garcia is an economist and healthcare expert by profession.[3] He is a member of the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE).[3] He began his career in private sector and then joined public sector where he worked until 1986.[2]

He was appointed health minister on 26 July 1986 in the cabinet led by the then prime minister Felipe Gonzales.[4] Garcia was in office until March 1991.[2] He is considered to be one of the three Spanish health ministers who significantly improved health-care system of the country.[5] He was appointed defense minister on 12 March 1991 in a cabinet reshuffle.[1] He retained his post in the July 1993 reshuffle.[6] However, Garcia resigned from office on 2 July 1995 due to press reports revealing that the military secret services (CESED) had been spying on individuals and public figures.[1][7] Gustavo Suarez Pertierra succeeded Garcia as defense minister in a cabinet reshuffle.[8]

After leaving office he served as the special envoy of the European Union in Mostar (Bosnia) from November 1995 to April 1996 for the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement.[2] He was the president of the Spanish Association of Defense Technology, Aeronautics and Space Administration (TEDAE) until his resignation in June 2013.[9] He is the president of the Spanish Atlantic Association.[10] He has been board member of several companies.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Julián García Vargas". Ministerio de Defensa. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Board of Directors". TYPSA Group. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "The Spanish healthcare system will survive, but it requires urgent changes". ESADE. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Edward Schumacher (27 July 1986). "Changes are few as Spain swears in cabinet". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Miguel Labay Matías (3 March 2012). "Paediatrics, the People and Politicians in Spain – History, Development, Reality and Future". In Öner Özdemir. Contemporary Pediatrics. InTech. ISBN 978-953-51-0154-3. 
  6. ^ Phil Davison (14 July 1993). "Gonzalez brings independents into Spain's cabinet". The Independent (Madrid). Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Víctor Pérez-Díaz (1999). Spain at the Crossroads: Civil Society, Politics and the Rule of Law. Harvard University Press. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-674-00052-0. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gonzalez Names New Ministers Following Phone-Tapping Scandal". Associated Press. 30 June 1995. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Julián García Vargas deja de presidir la asociación de empresas de defensa". diariovasco (in Spanish). EFE. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "European defense and Transatlantic relations". INCIPE. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2013.