Juan Fernando López Aguilar

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Juan Fernando López Aguilar
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Juan Fernando López Aguilar
Member of the European Parliament
Personal details
Born Juan Fernando López Aguilar
(1961-06-10) 10 June 1961 (age 55)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Political party  Spain:
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party
Party of European Socialists

Juan Fernando López Aguilar (born 10 June 1961) is a Spanish Socialist Workers' Party politician, and former Minister of Justice in the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. He also represented Las Palmas in the Congress of Deputies between 2000 and 2004.

Early life and education[edit]

López Aguilar was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Bologna (Italy) and for a long time he has been a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He also holds a master's degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He funded his studies largely by working as a newspaper caricaturist and comic-book illustrator.[1]

Political career[edit]

Member of the Spanish Parliament, 1996–2007[edit]

As a member of the Spanish parliament, López Aguilar served as his parliamentary group’s spokesperson on home affairs.[2]

Candidate for President of the Canary Islands, 2006–2007[edit]

In November 2006, López Aguilar was chosen as the socialist candidate for the Presidency of the Canary Islands Government.[3] He won the 2007 elections, but his majority was insufficient to defeat opposition manoeuvring that prevented him becoming leader of the regional government. Instead, he was later nominated to head the PSOE list in the 2009 European elections.[4]

Member of the European Parliament, 2009–present[edit]

López Aguilar has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2009 European elections. He has since been a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, which he chaired during first term until 2014.[5] In addition, he served on the Special Committee on Organized Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering between 2012 and 2013. In 2016, he joined the Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) that will investigate the Panama Papers revelations and tax avoidance schemes more broadly.

Since 2014, López Aguilar has been serving as vice-chairman of the parliament’s delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. He has also taken part in monitoring mission for the Ukrainian parliamentary elections in 2012, led by Pawel Kowal,[6] and the Tajikistani parliamentary elections 2010.

López Aguilar is also a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity (Transparency, Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime).[7]

Other activities[edit]