Joan Puigcercós

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Joan Puigcercós
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16th Counsellor of Governance and Public Administration of the Generalitat de Catalunya
In office
29 November 2006 – 10 March 2008
PresidentJosé Montilla
Vice PresidentJosep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
Preceded byXavier Sabaté i Ibarz
Succeeded byJordi Ausàs
9th President of ERC
In office
7 June 2008 – 17 September 2011
Preceded byJosep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
Succeeded byOriol Junqueras
10th General Secretary of ERC
In office
4 July 2004 – 7 June 2008
PresidentJosep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
Preceded byJosep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
Succeeded byJoan Ridao i Martín
Personal details
Born (1966-12-02) 2 December 1966 (age 53)
Ripoll, Spain
Political partyRepublican Left of Catalonia

Joan Puigcercós (Catalan pronunciation: [ʒuˈan ˌputʃsəɾˈkos]; born 2 December 1966 in Ripoll, Spain) is a Spanish Catalan politician who had served as president of the Republican Left of Catalonia (2008–2011).[1] He studied philosophy and political science at the UAB.

Civic background[edit]

He was a member of the Sports and Wealth Club in Ripoll, where he acted as president of youth area between 1986 and 1988.

Political background[edit]

Joan Puigcercós was affiliated with Independentistes dels Països Catalans (Independentists of the Catalan Countries) between 1983 and 1985, and with Crida a la Solidaritat (Call to Solidarity) between 1985 and 1987. He was member of the Assemblea d’Estudiants Independentistes d’Universitat (Assembly of Independentist University Students) (1984–1989).

Puigcercós joined Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) in 1987, joining the National Executive. He also was secretary-general of the JERC between 1987 and 1994, and president of the regional division of ERC in Girona (1993–1996). From 1996 to 2001, he served as vice secretary-general of ERC. In the 24th National Congress, held in Lleida the 3 and 4 July 2004, he was elected secretary-general of ERC. On 7 June 2008, he was elected president of the party, succeeding Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira. He was succeeded as secretary general by Joan Ridao i Martín.

Joan Puigcercós is a member of the Josep Irla Foundation Patronate.

Institutional background[edit]

Councillor in Ripoll Town Council (1987–1991). Deputy of the Catalan Parliament (1992–2000). He represented Barcelona in the Spanish Congress from 2000 until 2004. Since 2004, he has been the spokesperson of his parliamentary group and president of the environmental commission.


  1. ^ Riba, Tian; Arenas, Sandra (16 June 2009). ""Carretero ha de saber què vol ser quan sigui gran"". (in Catalan). Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Xavier Sabaté i Ibarz
Counsellor of Governance and Public Administration of the Generalitat de Catalunya
Succeeded by
Jordi Ausàs
Party political offices
Preceded by
Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
President of ERC
Succeeded by
Oriol Junqueras
Preceded by
Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
General Secretary of ERC
Succeeded by
Joan Ridao i Martín