Ernest Urtasun

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Ernest Urtasun
Official portrait, 2023
Minister of Culture
Assumed office
21 November 2023
Prime MinisterPedro Sánchez
Preceded byMiquel Iceta
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 20 November 2023
Succeeded byEsther Sanz Selva
Personal details
Born (1982-01-27) 27 January 1982 (age 42)
Barcelona, Spain
Political partyCatalunya en Comú (since 2017)
Green Left (since 2021)
Other political
Initiative for Catalonia Greens (1997–2019)
Workers' Commissions (since 2012)
Alma materAutonomous University of Barcelona
University of Barcelona
OccupationPolitician, diplomat.

Ernest Urtasun i Domènech (Catalan pronunciation: [əɾˈnest uɾˈtazun]; born 27 January 1982) is a Spanish ecosocialist politician and economist, serving as Minister of Culture of Spain since 2023. He served as Member of the European Parliament between 2014 and 2023, integrated within the Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA) political group.

Early life and career[edit]

Born on 27 January 1982 in Barcelona,[1] Urtasun joined Joves d'Esquerra Verda [es], the youth wing of Initiative for Catalonia Greens (ICV), when he was 15 years old.[2][3] He earned a licentiate degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), followed by a postgraduate degree in international relations from the University of Barcelona (UB).


He ran 6th in the Initiative for Catalonia Greens–United and Alternative Left–Entesa pel Progrés Municipal (ICV–EUiA–EPM) list for the 2003 Barcelona municipal election and the 2007 municipal election.[4][5] He also ran as candidate to the European Parliament (EP) for the 2004 European Parliament election in Spain, 28th in the United LeftInitiative for Catalonia Greens–United and Alternative Left (IU–ICV–EUiA) list.[6]

Between 2004 and 2008 Urtasun worked as adviser for MEP Raül Romeva.[2] Later, he began working as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and in 2011 became director of the general secretariat of the international organization Union for the Mediterranean. Since 2012, he has been member of the trade union Comisiones Obreras.

In 2009, Urtasun ran as candidate to the European Parliament (EP), 33rd in the list of The Left for the May 2009 european election in Spain.[7]

For the European elections in 2014, Urtasun was elected as his party lead candidate in a primary election in which he defeated Salvador Milà.[8] He was ultimately included in the third place of the Plural Left coalition list. After his election to the European Parliament, he became a member of the Greens/EFA political group. He served in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), also joining the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (DLAT) and the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (DCAM).[9]

After the 2019 european elections, in which he ran under the Unidas Podemos Cambiar Europa banner, he was appointed as Greens/EFA deputy chairman, under the leadership of co-chairs Ska Keller and Philippe Lamberts.[10] He repeated as member of the ECON and the FEMM committees and he also joined the Delegation for relations with Iran (D–IR).[1]

In December 2020, Urtasun received the Economics & Monetary Affairs, Taxation & Budgets award at The Parliament Magazine's annual MEP Awards.[11]

He was appointed Minister of Culture on November 21, 2023.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Ernest Urtasun". European Parliament.
  2. ^ a b Gracia, Silvia (13 May 2014). "Ernest Urtasun, un joven con experiencia europea que sueña con cambiar la UE". La Vanguardia.
  3. ^ Molina, Jordi (24 January 2014). "Ernest Urtasun: "ICV ha sido la fuerza que más ha defendido el derecho a decidir fuera de Cataluña"".
  4. ^ Junta Electoral de Zona de Barcelona: "Anexo I. Proclamació de la relació de candidatures presentades corresponents als municipis que s'esmenten". Boletín Oficial de la Provincia de Barcelona (102): 25–39. 29 April 2003.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Junta Electoral de Zona de Barcelona: "Publicación de las candidaturas proclamadas para las elecciones municipales del 2007". Butlletí Oficial de la Província de Barcelona (124): 1–349. 1 May 2007.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Junta Electoral Central: "Candidaturas proclamadas a las elecciones de Diputados al Parlamento Europeo, convocadas por Real Decreto 561/2004, de 19 de abril, a celebrar el 13 de junio de 2004" (PDF). Boletín Oficial del Estado (120): 18938–18951. 18 May 2004. ISSN 0212-033X.
  7. ^ Junta Electoral Central: "Candidaturas proclamadas a las elecciones de Diputados al Parlamento Europeo convocadas por Real Decreto 482/2009, de 3 de abril, a celebrar el 7 de junio de 2009" (PDF). Boletín Oficial del Estado (115): 40777–40828. 12 May 2009. ISSN 0212-033X.
  8. ^ "ICV proclama Ernest Urtasun candidato a las elecciones europeas". La Vanguardia. 21 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Ernest Urtasun. 8th parliamentary term". European Parliament.
  10. ^ Greens/EFA group positions elected Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA), press release of June 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Johnson, Brian (2 December 2020). "MEP Awards 2020: Reaction and comment from our winners". The Parliament Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's new cabinet". Reuters. November 21, 2023.