Juan de Dios Ramírez Heredia

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Juan de Dios Ramírez Heredia
Member of the European Parliament
for Spain
In office
Deputy of the Congress of Deputies for Barcelona
In office
Personal details
Born July 29, 1942 (1942-07-29) (age 74)
Puerto Real, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Occupation Politician, lawyer, activist

Juan de Dios Ramírez Heredia (born 29 July 1942) is a Spanish politician, of Romani ethnic origin. He is a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party. In 1986-1999 he was a Member of the European Parliament. He was born in Puerto Real, Cádiz.[1]

By profession he is a lawyer and is a graduate in Information Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Doctor in Information Sciences and Master of General Basic Education (EGB). He was Director of the School of Vocational Rehabilitation, "San Juan Bosco" for the physically handicapped in Barcelona between 1970 and 1990.

A member of the Spanish Romani community, he has been involved in highlighting and defending the rights of Romani people. In recognition of this work, in February 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cádiz, the first Rom to receive this distinction in the world.[citation needed] Ramírez Heredia also promotes Romanò-Kalò, a variant of International Romani, enriched by Caló words.[2] His goal is to reunify the Caló and Romani roots.


  1. ^ "European Parliament MEP Profile". Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Unión Romaní imparte el primer curso de romanò-kalò", Union Romani, 29 December 2006

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