Koldo Gorostiaga Atxalandabaso

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Koldo Gorostiaga Atxalandabaso (born 30 May 1940) is a Spanish Basque university lecturer in law and economics, and politician. He served one term in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004 as a representative of Batasuna, a Basque nationalist party.

Law lecturer[edit]

Gorostiaga was born in Bilbao[1] and educated at the University of Valladolid and the University of Deusto, earning a Law degree in 1963. He obtained a Doctor of Laws from the University of Barcelona in 1966, and later obtained a certificate of proficiency in English from Cambridge University. He has worked as a lecturer at the University of Barcelona and the University of Pau. He is also a Professor of the Basque Summer University, and a Professor and founding Director of the Cooperative Institute for Law and Social Economy at the University of the Basque Country.[2]


Living mostly in the French Basque Country, Gorostiaga began working for the European Bureau for Lesser-used Languages in 1995, and also became a member of the Basque Country's Economic and Social Council.[3] At the 1999 European Parliament election, Gorostiaga was nominated as Euskal Herritarrok candidate. He was elected to the last seat.[4]


  1. ^ Official biography from the European Parliament.
  2. ^ Candidates' biographies[permanent dead link] (in spanish) published by the Spanish office of the European Parliament, 1999.
  3. ^ Nick Jones, "Victories for Basque independence movement", An Phoblacht/Republican News, 17 June 1999.
  4. ^ Central Electoral Board official return (in Spanish).