Julen Bollain

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Julen Bollain Urbieta

Secretary General of Podemos Eibar
Assumed office
2 January 2015
Preceded byPosition established
Member of the Basque Parliament
Assumed office
21 October 2016
Personal details
Born (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 28)
Eibar, Spain
Political partyPodemos (2014–present)
Elkarrekin Podemos (2016–present)
Alma materUniversity of the Basque Country
Saint Louis University (Brussels)
Oxford Brookes University
OccupationEconomist, researcher and politician
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Julen Bollain Urbieta (born 28 March 1990) is a Spanish economist, politician and researcher, specialized in unconditional basic income. He was elected to the Basque Parliament in the 2016 Basque Parliamentary election as a candidate of the newly formed coalition Elkarrekin Podemos.


Bollain was born in Eibar on 28 March 28, 1990. He comes from a middle-class family, which has historically been related to Eibar's industry.

Academic career[edit]

Bollain did his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao and at the University of Saint Louis, Brussels. After completing his degree, he earned a master's degree in International Management and International Relations at Oxford Brookes University (England).

The year after finishing his stay in Oxford, he obtained the Goethe-Zertifikat of German by the Goethe Institute, speaking fluently Basque, Spanish, English, French and German [1]

He is currently doing a PhD program in Development Studies about unconditional basic income under the direction of Daniel Raventós.

Bollain is a Board Member of the Red Renta Básica[2] and a lifetime member of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)[3]. He gives talks, trainings and attends both national and international conferences and congresses[4]. Bollain also writes frequently articles (mostly in the republican and socialist journal Sin Permiso) and teaches in the postgraduate program in Analysis of Capitalism and Transformative Policies, interuniversity studies between the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Once finished the master's degree and thus ending his stay in Oxford in September 2013, Bollain began his professional career in a private enterprise. He worked for two years as export area manager in the metallurgical sector.

Political trajectory[edit]

Bollain took part in the 15-M Movement first in Spain and afterwards in Belgium. He participated in the assemblies held in Bilbao in 2011, and welcomed in Brussels the Marches to Brussels on 8 October 2011.

He has been taking part in Podemos from the beginning and was elected General Secretary of Podemos in Eibar in 2 January 2015 after being voted by the militancy with the 55% of the votes.[6]

Bollain was presented to the autonomous elections of the Basque Country in 2016 by Elkarrekin Podemos, obtaining the act of parliamentary in 21 October 2016.[7] He became the youngest parliamentary of the XI legislature.[8]

He is currently the economic spokesman of the coalition[9] and the Chairman of the Health Commission of the Basque Parliament.[10]

Articles and Interviews (selection)[edit]

REVES (Basque Journal of Social Economics)[edit]

Sin Permiso[edit]




  1. ^ Rioja, Iker (24 September 2016). "Mujer, 44 años y con estudios superiores, retrato de las candidaturas vascas". eldiario.es (in Spanish).
  2. ^ "Junta Directiva".
  3. ^ "BIEN's life members and B(I)ENEFACTORS".
  4. ^ Red Renta Básica (22 October 2016). "La Red Renta Básica en el XVI Congreso de la Basic Income Earth Network (Seúl, 7-9 de julio de 2016)".
  5. ^ "Postgrado en Análisis del Capitalismo y Políticas Transformadores".
  6. ^ Iparraguirre, Antton (2 January 2015). "Hannot Sansinenea es elegido secretario general de Podemos en Donostia - En Eibar ha ganado la candidatura de Julen Bollain". El Diario Vasco (in Spanish).
  7. ^ "Ficha personal en el Parlamento Vasco". www.legebiltzarra.eus. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Elecciones vascas: Julen Bollain: "Es un sentimiento unánime que Pili Zabala ha cumplido con creces"". Diario Vasco. 27 September 2016.
  9. ^ Izarra, Josean (30 October 2017). "Podemos reclama subir al 30% Sociedades y aumentar la presión fiscal al ahorro".
  10. ^ "La Comisión de Sanidad vasca tendrá nuevo presidente en febrero". 10 January 2018.