Enrique Barón Crespo

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Enrique Barόn
Enrique Barón Crespo 2012.JPG
16th President of the European Parliament
In office
Preceded by Charles Henry Plumb
Succeeded by Egon Klepsch
Personal details
Born (1944-03-27) 27 March 1944 (age 73)
Madrid, Spain
Political party PSOE, PES
Profession Economist

Enrique Barόn Crespo (born 27 March 1944 in Madrid) is a Spanish politician, economist, and lawyer. He is a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party and sat in the European Parliament for the Party of European Socialists group until 2009.

Enrique Barón graduated in law from the University of Madrid and in business at the ESSEC Business School in Paris, in 1965. As a practising lawyer, he specialised in labour law, and acted for defendants in political cases (1970–1977).

He was a Deputy in the Cortes (1977–1987) representing Madrid region and was Minister of Transport, Tourism and Communications (1982–1985). In that period he proposed the dismantlement of lots of railway miles of secondary routes and main routes. Some of the reports used for that contained wrong data that lowered the economic results of these lines. [1]

After election to the European Parliament he was President of the European Parliament (1989–1992), and was PES Group chairman from 1999 to 2004. He was Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (1992–1995).

Barόn is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Global Panel Foundation and the Advisory Board of think tank Gold Mercury International, London, UK. He is an active player in Gold Mercury's Brand EU initiative to improve the management and promotion of the European Union brand and monitor its progress.

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