Javier Zarzalejos

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Javier Zarzalejos
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1960-06-06) 6 June 1960 (age 63)
Bilbao, Spain
Political partyPeople's Party
Occupationcivil servant, politician

Francisco Javier Zarzalejos Nieto (pronounced [xaˈβjeɾ θaɾθaˈlexos]; born 1960) is a Spanish civil servant and politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019.

Early life and education[edit]

Born on 6 June 1960, in Bilbao,[1] son to José Antonio Zarzalejos Altares [es],[2] the Civil Governor of Biscay during the Spanish Transition. He is the brother of the journalists Charo Zarzalejos [es] and José Antonio Zarzalejos [es].[3] After Zarzalejos earned a licentiate degree in Law at the University of Deusto,

Career in the public sector[edit]

Zarzalejos joined the High Corps of State's Civil Administrators [es] in 1984.[4] From 1996 to 2004 Zarzalejos served as Secretary General of the Cabinet Office of Prime Minister José María Aznar.[5]

Zarzalejos has been secretary general of the Foundation for Social Analysis and Studies (FAES) think tank since 2012,[6] where he previously held the positions of director of the Constitution and Institutions Unit, and editor of the in-house publication Cuadernos de Pensamiento Político.[5]

Political career[edit]

Included in the 6th place of the People's Party (PP) list for the 2019 European Parliament election in Spain,[7] Zarzalejos was elected MEP for the 2019–2024 term.[8]

In parliament, Zarzalejos is part of the European People's Party (EPP) political group. He serves on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). In this capacity, he was the parliament’s rapporteur on a 2021 proposal to expand Europol’s ability to process large data sets and exchange information with private companies.[9]

From 2019 until 2020, Zarzalejos was also a member of the Committee on Fisheries.[10] In addition to his committee assignments, he is part of the parliament's delegation for relations with Canada (D-CA)[1] and the European Parliament Intergroup on Anti-Corruption.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Javier Zarzalejos". www.europarl.europa.eu. European Parliament.
  2. ^ Casanova, Eugeni (18 November 2014). "L'estratègia zombi". www.vilaweb.cat. Vilaweb.
  3. ^ ""Hay asuntos de Estado que son y seguirán siendo secretos"". www.cope.es. Cadena COPE. 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Javier Zarzalejos, elegido nuevo secretario general de FAES". www.europapress.es. Europa Press. 4 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b Javier Zarzalejos Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.
  6. ^ Fiona Ortiz (18 June 2014), Spain's popular prince must charm Catalonia as king Reuters.
  7. ^ Junta Electoral Central: "Resolución de 29 de abril de 2019, de la Presidencia de la Junta Electoral Central, de proclamación de candidaturas a las elecciones de diputados al Parlamento Europeo convocadas por Real Decreto 206/2019, de 1 de abril, a celebrar el 26 de mayo de 2019" (PDF). Boletín Oficial del Estado (103): 46867–46920. 30 April 2019. ISSN 0212-033X.
  8. ^ "Lista de los 54 eurodiputados elegidos este domingo en España". La Vanguardia. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  9. ^ Vincent Manancourt (12 October 2021), MEPs vote to expand Europol mandate Politico Europe.
  10. ^ Mia Bartoloni (4 December 2020), Movers and Shakers The Parliament Magazine.
  11. ^ Intergroup on Anti-Corruption European Parliament.